Celebrating the great Aussie fish café
This summer, owner Julian Gerner is making a fresh start at Morgan’s in Sorrento with long-term collaborator Paul Wilson (pictured). Revered as one of the country’s great culinary talents, Wilson (Botanical, Albert Park Hotel Oyster Bar & Grill, Icebergs, Wilson & Market) will be celebrating great Aussie fish cafés and delivering sustainable, market-fresh seafood.
“We will source the abundant unusual suspects not the endangered usual suspects. It’s our duty as industry professionals to educate and give back to the community,” says Wilson.
In a case of history repeating, famous fishmonger John Rubira returns to deliver the best available market-fresh fish and son Lee will process whole with a true ‘nose to tail’ approach. John has been a mainstay of Melbourne’s Seafood Market since 1963, and after a small break is looking forward to returning to the ‘cut and thrust’ of the pre-dawn hustle. After more than 20 years of supply to Julian’s businesses, Clamms will continue to provide the freshest and best available seafood from around the country.
Morgan’s new offering will demonstrate diversity in the way seafood can be prepared, whilst also serving nostalgic crowd-pleasers. Clean Seas Hiramasa Kingfish will take pride of place on Wilson’s menu.
The day’s catch will be served, along with menu highlights to include:
· Local mussel stew ‘Genovese style’ with basil, pine nuts, garlic & parmigiano
· Grilled sardine fillets with gazpacho salad
· Salt & pepper arrow squid with papaya salad, peanuts, chilli & lime
· Today’s catch – grilled or battered with snow pea salad, tartare sauce & seaweed
· Proper fish pie with ‘Mariniere’ sauce
· Snapper fillet ‘Provencale’
· Spaghetti vongole with seaweed, garlic & chilli
· Fish burger with crumbed Marine Stewardship Council Hake, pickles, iceberg and tartare sauce
· Mushy peas & potato cakes
· Strawberry trifle
“Morgan’s waterfront location immediately reminded me of great Aussie fish cafés like Sydney’s Doyles and inspired a crowd-pleasing menu of fresh, sustainable seafood,” says Wilson.
Remaining committed to celebrating one of Victoria's best regions, the drinks list will feature beer, wine and cider from local breweries and wineries on the Mornington Peninsula.
Nestled between historic limestone buildings on the Sorrento foreshore, Morgan’s provides the perfect summer spot for casual dining whilst enjoying Port Phillip Bay, the native Couta Boats and the grand ferry making the hourly crossing from Queenscliff. Morgan’s will be open daily from midday for lunch and dinner, with the new menu available now.
Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm–9pm until 27 January 2020
After 27 January 2020: Wednesday to Saturday 12pm–9pm. Sunday lunch only from 12pm.