“To me, we are a New York style brasserie… And we were selling in excess of 100 burgers on a busy lunchtime. So we just knew it was a destination where people would have a quick bite to eat,” says chef Sean Connolly (ex-Astra) of the new additions to his George Street oyster house, The Morrison.
Step in from the street, or down a short flight of wooden stairs from The Morrison, and you’ll find an Irish sports bar with a healthy selection of beer taps, dark-wood and leather. This is old-school CBD, before ironic chesterfields and craft beers. Local brewers are well represented with Kosciusko and Little Creatures supplying the stand-out beers on tap.
Orders should be directed towards the bar, before you grab your number and decide if you are a booth or a stool person— no surprises that the booths fill up first. Connolly’s menu is brief, but covers a lot of ground with just five burgers to accommodate vegetarians, pescatarians and spice-lovers. You will be given the option of a well-done or pink patty, and the unsure should ere on the side of caution— pink does mean pink. For the larger appetite there are a few— heavy on the deep-fry— classic American sides, deep-fried pickles, cabbage and Parmesan slaw, onion rings and duck fat chips.
Connolly describes The Black Widow, a charcoal blackened brioche bun filled with a beef patty and finished off by a healthy dose of hot-sauce, as his talking-point. “[It’s] a bit cheeky; something that you got to try at least once… It’s a bit like me.”
The Morrison – 225 George Street, Sydney
(02) 9247 6744
Mon to Wed 7.30am – Midnight
Thurs 7.30 am – 1am
Fri 7:30am – 2am
Sat 11.30am – 2am
Sun 11:30 am – 10pm