Morris Jones opened in early September and this former furniture store is now a bar and restaurant with a courtyard. We arrived early for our 6:30pm reservation having share the train journey with our ultimate big big boss! We were shown a friendly welcome and we decided to take a seat in the courtyard and have a drink before going to our table. We were assured someone would come take our order.
We sat at a table and waited. No one came. We managed to catch a passing waiter and ask for a drinks list. One finally arrived. But no one came to take our order. So after a wait we just decided to head through to our table. Not a great start Morris Jones. The lady who welcomed us seemed a bit spaced out and frazzled. She apologised when we told her no one came.
Things started to improve when our waiter came and explained the menu. He was a likeable happy chappy who knew his stuff. Frazzled lady served us our drinks and spilt a good amount of Tanya's bottle of water and didn't offer to bring her a new bottle. One step forward, two steps back.
Lucky for Morris Jones, frazzled waitress seemed to disappear and good waiter looked after us. He convinced me to accompany my steak with a Cabernet Sauvignon which I enjoyed in spite of not being a Cab Sav fan so credit to him.
The steaks were beautiful. Tender and flavoursome. Good value for $38 we felt. Really enjoyed the buttery texture. The salad was fresh and dressed with a lemony, vinegary dressing. I also had some cauliflower cheese which was delicious. Not overly sauced and just nicely coated and browned.
Dessert was a chocolate tart with a scoop of ice cream. It arrived doused in a pool of chocolate sauce. Not too sweet and there was some interesting spicing and a layer of caramel going on which provided another dimension to the chocolate. The pastry was light and crumbly; a good dessert but one made btter by sharing.
So admittedly there were some service issues, probably teething concerns rather than significant. The wood fired grill does wonderful things to steak and the accompaniments were all very good. Definitely a place to remember and return to. It's a great date place as it does the dim and moody lighting very well and is quiet enough for chit chat and deep and meaningfuls.