26 August 2013

The Morrison Hearts Oysters Festival launch dinner, Sydney (30 July 2013)

225 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Many oysters make much love

Thanks to Savannah PR for inviting me to the Oyster Festival launch dinner at The Morrison. I'm a huge fan of oysters, especially when they're freshly shucked and full of brine so I certainly had my fair share of the Waterfall and Le Petit Waterfall Oysters that were served by Ralston Bros Oysters. I even had an oyster shucking lesson by Ben Ralston. It took me a stressful 5 minutes to open just one but apparently I did a pretty good job of not slicing up the oyster or my fingers for that matter. The Oyster Martini starts boozy and ends with a boozy oyster. I started tasting the oyster brine about half way through the drink and it's definitely not for the light drinkers. First course was Poached jurassic pacific oyster with spicy ginger soy broth. Massive oysters like these seem to be best cooked rather than enjoying raw. I found the broth quite salty due to the soy sauce and not particularly spicy but the oyster itself was cooked well and plump with flavour. For mains Head Chef Sean Connolly was in the zone plating up Carpetbag Steak with rock oysters, Dijon mustard, prosciutto and wild watercress. I've never heard of carpetbag steak before which apparently was all the rage in the 1950s and 1960s which is before my time. The oyster added a creaminess and saltiness to the perfectly cooked steak which was enjoyable and tasty. The jus was intense in flavour although very salty. Duck fat chips were very good and a crowd pleaser. To finish Oyster shooters became the dessert. I picked the Verdita, pineapple, coriander, jalapeno, mint which packed a flavour punch followed by a juicy oyster.

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PROS: Oyster happy hour everyday during August for only $1
CONS: I'm sure $1 oysters will make the bar area crazy busy
MUST TRY: Freshly shucked oysters
VERDICT: Oyster lovers are well catered for in this restaurant
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Freshly shucked oysters — is there anything better?
Waterfall Oyster (left) and Le Petit Waterfall Oyster (right)

Ben Ralston expertly shucking oysters 

Oyster opening demonstrated
Me trying to open an oyster
Success opening my own oyster but I think I'll leave it to the experts
Oyster martini — for lovers of boozy oysters
Swift Cuvee Brut, Orange 
Pepe Saya butter and bread 
Poached jurassic pacific oyster with spicy ginger soy broth - nice oysters in broth although found broth very salty and not that spicy
Now that's a big oyster
Chef Sean Connolly plating up his Carpetbag Steak dish

Carpetbag Steak with rock oysters, Dijon mustard, prosciutto, wild watercress 
Steak cooked to perfection
Duck fat chips — come to mamma!

Oyster shooters with Verdita, pineapple, coriander, jalapeno, mint or Sangrita, tomato, pomegranante, Kaitaia fire, lemon
Shaky Bridge Pinot Noir 2011 — enjoyable drop

Oyster shuckers extraordinaire
Selfie with Chef Sean Connolly
Selfie with Brooke Burns and Allira Carroll from Savannah PR
$1 oysters everyday in August 6-7 pm
Great competition to win dinner for 2
Oyster shucking station

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gaby @ lateraleating said...

Yum! I'm jealous!

MAB vs Food said...

$1 oysters? Yes please! Still have a few days before the offer is over

Unknown said...

talk about an epic oyster fest and for only a dollar? that's def a bang for your buck right there.

Mr C @ The Food Diary said...

I love oysters! $1 each would be a dream for me :D

Simon Leong said...

hi gaby, oysters are the best!

hi MAB vs Food, hope you had a chance to get the $1 oysters

hi shanshan, best deal in town for oysters

hi Mr C, my dream too :-)

Anonymous said...

Come up with your friends to the Mid North Coast (Laurieton, Port Macquarie, South West Rocks) pick up a twenty dozen or so (or more) from the oyster farmers here (take your pick), go back home & open them with your mates & enjoy with bubbles. A great day & night's fun, mmmmmm.


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