By Greedy Financier
Since moving to Pyrmont, I have been enjoying the luxury of being in close proximity to many fantastic restaurants and cafés in the inner city area. Having explored Surry Hills in the past few weeks, I thought it would be appropriate to now showcase what Pyrmont has to offer. One of my new favourite cafés in Pyrmont is Café Morso – a busy café sitting on the very pretty Jones Bay Wharf.
Jones Bay Wharf
On weekends, you will find this café is always packed, so it’s best to book ahead. With the majority of seating outdoors overlooking the water, this is the perfect café for those gorgeous sunny days.
Café Morso Wharf Seating
Café Morso serves breakfast until 11.45am, however, they also offer “late breakfast” as part of their lunch menu for those late risers (me included!). Having been to Café Morso twice in the past three months, I have had the opportunity to sample both their breakfast and lunch offerings – and never have they disappointed.
Café Morso More Outdoor Seating
On a breakfast visit with a friend, I decided to start healthy with a salmon ceviche. This had to be one of the prettiest breakfasts I’ve ever had! The wonderfully gooey egg yolk is mixed through the diced cured salmon and then eaten with the toast and other accompaniments. The egg yolk provided this silky richness to the salmon which went wonderfully with the avocado mousse, sour cherry tomatoes, crème fraiche and spinach.
Cured Salmon Ceviche, Wilted Spinach, Avocado Mousse with Soft Egg Yolk
My friend ordered mushrooms and truffle scrambled eggs. I only had a taste of the eggs, but they were perfectly creamy, and the truffle certainly took the eggs to a whole new level.
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Sonoma Sourdough
We also ordered a side of handcut chips with rosemary salt. The chips were chunky but not overly greasy, and actually tasted of potato with rosemary. I would have preferred some sort of dipping sauce with the chips though – perhaps a garlic aioli or some spiced tomato sauce.
Handcut Chips with Rosemary Salt
I washed my delicious breakfast down with a Pineapple, Mint and Blueberry Frappe – just what I needed on a warm Spring day! (On a previous visit, I had their Mango and Orange Frappe). You can definitely tell that their frappes are made with real fruit and plenty of ice, which provides for a very refreshing drink.
Pineapple, Mint and Blueberry Frappe
Mango and Orange Frappe
On another visit to Café Morso, my friends and I decided to order much more substantial lunch mains. I went with a blackboard special of braised beef cheeks. The beef was ‘fall apart’ tender and extremely flavoursome , and the confit garlic packed a flavour punch. The sweet potato mash was a scrumptious complement to the dish.
Slow Braised Beef Cheeks with Confit Garlic and Sweet Potato Mash
The bf went with another blackboard special – tuna steak. The tuna was rare in the centre but seared on the outside, which meant that it was still moist. The bf commented that the tuna had great Moroccan flavours, with the capsicum really enhancing the dish.
Rare Seared Tuna Steak with Moroccan Spices
One of my friends ordered yet another blackboard special – confit duck leg with risotto. He commented that the duck had a great crispy skin, and surprisingly the risotto was cooked really well.
Confit Duck Leg with Watercress and Risotto
My other friend was the only one to order an actual menu item – polenta crusted squid with paprika mayonnaise and watercress salad. I had a nibble of the squid and it was well cooked with the polenta crust providing a nice crunch, and the mayo providing a spicy kick.
Polenta Crusted Squid with Spiced Paprika Mayo, Watercress, Pickled Onion and Horseradish
Every visit to Café Morso has been a delight. The food is always beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. It’s a fantastic café to just sit back and relax in, and soak up the views and sunshine. With summer just around the corner, I know I’ll be back several times, not only for the food, but also for the great ‘summery’ ambience and vibe.
Monday to Friday 7.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday to Sunday 8.00am – 3.00pm
Ph: +61 2 9692 0111
Lower Deck (West Side), Jones Bay Wharf