Morries Anytime looked so inviting as we drove past in the evening, that we booked in for dinner the following night. The place was fairly jumping when we arrived, but it was a Saturday night in Margaret River and as we know, this place is not so sleepy these days, even in the winter months. Morries serves a range of tapas, but also offers traditional main courses for those not partial to sharing. There is a wide range of wines from the region on offer, and we managed to sample a few during the course of the evening.
The Prof ordered a Pedro’s Daiquiri and despite it being served in a cool retro glass, wasn’t impressed with the flavours of the Ximenez sherry, rum and cinnamon. She complained it tasted medicinal, and promptly ordered a glass of red to compensate. We ordered some grilled haloumi with pickled zucchini and charred ciabatta to munch on while we deliberated over our main courses. This dish wasn’t much to sing about, but kept the pangs at bay.
The Prof is a carnivore at heart and often orders big slabs of meat. Her dish was a locally sourced Angus steak of (I think) porterhouse, served with broccolini and potato cake. It sure looks all caramelised and juicy, but apparently it was on the tough side and she rated it only a 6 out of 10. Well, you can’t win ’em all, but that’s the lucky dip that goes hand-in-hand with ordering steak. Me; I’m a chicken and fish kind of gal so I rarely have issues with tenderness, ages, drying times and all that stuff.
My main choice was hot off the special’s board – crispy skin chicken breast with mustard cream sauce, pan fried polenta, peas and baby carrots. The plump breast was succulent, the sauce gloriously lush and perfect for the soft polenta. All in all, a fabulous dish with every element complementing each other.
True to its name, Morries Anytime is open just about anytime – well, from 7.30am till late seven days a week. Whilst I enjoyed all aspects of my dining experience, The Prof wasn’t enamoured with hers though we both enjoyed the ambience, and gave the friendly service a thumbs up. I think it’s a cool venue for a few quiet drinks in the evening, especially out front on the verandah in the warmer months.