Morso, how I’ve missed you (previous reviews here and here)! There is a handful of cafés that I could return to time after time as the dishes are either just that good or they change often enough to keep things interesting. Morso does both.
I’m not going to go into details about this establishment as it has all been covered before. Sufficed to say that the service and atmosphere was as outstanding as usual. On to the food and drink!…
Little Marionette supplies the beans and they are excellent. Flavoursome and rich, this could also easily be a location that you visit in winter to sit in the sun with your hands around a mug of these divine cups of coffee ($4).
If tea is your thing then a Tea Craft ($4) selection is also available.
The drinks selection at Morso is expansive but instead of a frappe or smoothie (which are fantastic), I decided to branch out and try one of the milkshakes ($6) which are available in irresistible flavours such as strawberry ripe, mint slice, cinnamon doughnut or salted caramel macadamia. I went for the Mars bar which is served with a small bar on the side too (as if the swirls of chocolate, caramel and ice cream in the shake itself aren’t enough)! While I can definitely recommend the milkshakes, I also suggest that you share them as they’re large and extremely filling! The flavours provide what they promise, you won’t be disappointed.
Every now and then I gush about a dish. I’ve gushed about the soft shell crab at Café Ish (which has now moved and become The Milk Bar by Café Ish), the croque madame at Bitton, the egg and bacon brioche roll at Kepos Street Kitchen and the egg and bacon roll at Bar Mattino amongt others. Even Morso itself still has my favourite sweet breakfast I have ever had (see previous reviews to work it out)!
Morso can now proudly add their breakfast risotto ($18) to this esteemed list of the best breakfast dishes in Sydney.
If you’re still here and aren’t on the way to Morso, then I’ll continue. Don’t be afraid that it’s a risotto. Sure, if you stick to Western breakfasts you may never have eaten rice first thing in the morning but it works beautifully. They have the consistency perfect as it’s not too thick, overcooked or cheesy. The use of Gruyere is genius and works perfectly with the hollandaise. The hollandaise itself is slightly more liquid than I normally would like but that’s a good thing for this type of rich dish and it works with the risotto. The flavour from the smoked pork permeates through the rice and as per usual at Morso, the poached eggs were cooked perfectly.
The white corn & Gruyere cheese quesadilla ($16) just like the risotto is a gluten free dish. The quesadilla itself has a thin layer of melted Gruyere within so it’s not too rich. The corn flavour is subtle but strong enough. The cherry tomato and avocado salsa was fresh and well seasoned. My guest added a side of chargrilled rindless bacon ($4.50) and I have to say that the chargrilled part is accurate and the flavour compliments the corn very well. You get the sense that the corn has been chargrilled as well when you eat the components together!
Literally every single other dish on the menu sounds delectable. There are of course the pancakes ($15) which I mentioned before, the gnocchi ($17.50) which could also be added to my list of best dishes, as well as French toast, apple cherry compote, marscapone and cherry syrup ($16), beetroot cured salmon, zataar spiced boiled egg, fennel, asparagus and baby herb salad ($18) and chilli jame braised pork cheek, spinach, crispy fried eggs, shallots and grilled bread ($16). For those who like their big breakfasts, the Café Morso breakfast ($19) will definitely satisfy.
If you’re heading to Morso for breakfast, just note that it is only served until 11:45am when they switch to the lunch menu.
Overall Rating: 23.5/25
Website: http://www.cafemorso.com.au and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Morso/22098995274
Phone: 9692 0111
Address: Lower Deck (west side), Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, 2009
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash