MORRIS JONES, WINDSOR: A bustling Melbourne fusion restaurant with a popular bar area along Chapel Street, Morris Jones is a fun and upbeat lunch/dinner venue with the vibes for a chilled wind down with friends, or a classy date night. Featuring a wide array of drink options, as well as creative Japanese-inspired fusion dishes, such as wagyu dumplings to crab nachos, their tapas-styled sharing menu offers a satiating and classy way to fill an empty stomach.
The good fat: The crab nachos were the definite highlight of our Asian fusion journey – a unique combination of soft shell crab, with rice-crispy like nachos, and a delicate sauce, this dish was the epitome of melt in your mouth, with gorgeous seafood flavours permeating through each crunch of the nachos. Another fan favourite is their squid ink tempura, I enjoyed the variation in texture with the delicious CRUNCH of the fried black coating, to the soft, juicy bell pepper underneath. Their sushis were fresh, and delicious, with soft grains of rice and flavoursome, seafood fillings – particularly noted the fun idea of incorporating squid ink tempura prawns externally to the Californian prawn sushi rolls.
The desserts were the other definite stunner, surprisingly from a Melbourne bar-like area – we tried both the nitrogen desserts, with a lychee sundae, to a velvet crumble that mimicked the honeycomb chocolate. The crumble featured a warm, fudgey brownie base with a cool scoop of violet ice-cream on top, complemented by rich dollops of chocolate fudge sauce and a sweet, crisp honeycomb crunch – faultless! The lychee sundae featured a mango rice pudding base, and nitrogen lychee crumbs with a smooth, sorbet – it was the light and fruity break to our other, chocolatey dessert. The textures were smooth and almost congee-like, providing a beautiful palate cleanser.
The bad fat: Their dishes tended to lean towards the saltier side – this was especially noticeable with the squid ink tempura (the squid ink sauce was really salty), and the flathead which was a bit disappointing. I wasn’t impressed by their handrolls, as the sushi rice dominated over the filling and there wasn’t a melt-in-your-mouth concept that I had expected as the fillings e.g. the scallop, were a bit scarce. Although the wagyu dumpling with a Big Mac idea sounded like a cool concept – it REALLY tasted exactly a Big Mac… which confused me as I was associating a $1 fast food place with a classy Melbourne dining venue and wagyu beef (the complete opposite) so I wasn’t a huge fan of this combination as it seemed like a bit of waste to the beautiful wagyu…
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A Melbourne Chapel St restaurant with a bar-like vibe with creative Asian food (GET THE CRAB NACHOS!)
CHECK OUT MORRIS JONES HERE: http://www.morrisjones.com.au/the-restaurant/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Morris Jones for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration