Situated right beside the Millennium Bridge in Dublin’s city centre, The Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay is just across the river from Temple Bar – but felt like worlds away from its crowded hustle and bustle when we stopped in for lunch over the Christmas break.
I’ve long been a fan of this place for its cocktails, but it’s been donkey’s years since I ate here – which is something I now regret. The Morrison Grill is a calming, stylish and relaxed spot; the menu features lots of meat and fish dishes prepared on their Josper Grill - an indoor BBQ oven that seals in flavour and moisture.
Mammy Fluff went for a kids portion of mac and cheese (just €5.50, served with fries), while my sister opted for a chicken Caesar salad. But – thanks to the Josper - my pulled beef sandwich was the star of the show. Tender and flavoursome, the beef practically melted in the mouth; it was served on a soft roll with a side dish of home-made gravy, for dipping.
We washed these down with a couple of cocktails – it was Christmas, after all – and I was delighted to find that the Bloody Mary here is as much of a spectacle as I remembered, served with a selection of garnishes on a miniature tray. My sister indulged her fondness for The Cranberries with a Let It Linger, and pronounced it good; as a side note, the drinks are served in heavy crystal glasses which is a pleasing touch. The bill came to a reasonable €53.30 which included an extra portion of fries, and a soda water with lime.
I really like what they’re doing at The Morrison: from the 12 Cocktails of Christmas to Dublin’s first Gentleman’s Tea, it feels like the team is constantly coming up with innovative, fun – and tasty – ideas to bring people together.
And we were given a sneak peek at what’s to come at the end of this month: a delicious new menu of spiked hot drinks, including an alcoholic raspberry hot chocolate, and chocolate orange coffee. These were the perfect sweet treat to round off our meal and will be especially comforting and delicious given the current cold snap. My mum's already exacted a promise that we'll return when she's next in town - maybe we'll see you at the bar?