So last weekend was my birthday party to celebrate turning 21. My actual birthday was the 6th February, but since I was in Tokyo, I postponed the celebrations to later in the month. I am so lucky to have found my venue ‘Café Morso’ on Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont. It was everything I wanted and the staff and management were so accommodating. Generally the place only opens 7 days for breakfast and lunch, but they can do functions on Friday and Saturday nights. We had the whole venue to ourselves with a large outdoor area that is licensed and the entire inside which was beautifully set up for dinner.
As the sun set everyone got comfortable with a beer or wine, I was enjoying the champagne just a little too much. A few people got confused in trying to find the correct wharf as signage is really at a minimum; I think council have some restrictions as it’s a heritage-listed building. Once everyone arrived we sat down to enjoy a lovely dinner.

Entree:

For the entree’s we had four different choices, yet I only captured three of them as no one on my table had the balsamic glazed baby beetroots with julienne apple, goats cheese mousse and baby herbs. Rustic Italian bread was also served with olive oil and pink salt.

Pan seared scallops, roasted carrot puree and potato crisps. This was the entree I went with and it was so yummy. The potato crisps added that small bit of bite to the meal, which worked well with the springy and plump texture of the scallop.

Crispy salted squid with watercress and dill mayonnaise.

Nectarine, shaved fennel and asparagus with fresh herb.

Mains:

Similar to the entrees there were four different options for the mains. Yet again no one on my table had the rocket, pesto and brie risotto with baby herbs, so unfortunately I didn’t have a photo. The mains were served with green salad and rosemary salted roast potatoes. 

Crispy skinned barramundi fillet with eggplant puree, grilled red pepper and wild rocket. This dish was extremely popular amongst all the females, it seemed that everyone wanted a lighter option so they didn’t feel uncomfortable in their party outfits. The fish was moist and full of flavour, the salad had a mediterranean theme to it and won me over as I love any dish that involves pine nuts.

Prosciutto rolled chicken breast, slow poached with sauce soubise, marjoram and confit garlic. I remember someone asking me what sauce soubise is?? Thanks to Google I now have an answer…a white sauce used in classical French cooking that is mildly onion flavoured, it is based on a Béchamel sauce (Practically Edible- The web’s biggest food encyclopedia).

Char grilled beef fillet with beef cheek pithivier potato puree, roasted carrots and glazes eschallots. Luckily George ordered this one and I was able to try it as well, the dish was like a stacked pie with the middle layer being the pastry. The flavours all worked really well, the beef was tender and the eschallot had a great caramelised taste to it.

Dessert:

I chose to have a cupcake birthday cake as they seem to be all the fashion at the moment, and the mini cakes are perfect for something sweet after dinner, with guests being able to eat as many or as little as they want. These were from the Cupcake Factory in Drummoyne (www.thecupcakefactory.com.au). They were all vanilla flavoured with pink or white icing to match the theme of my place cards and balloon. The icing was heavenly, but after two of these I was satisified. Coffee and petit fours were also served, these consisted of macaroons and small fudges balls covered in milk or white chocolate.

I had the most fantastic night and couldn’t think of a better way to ceelbrate my 21st…friends, family, food & wine.

Here area few more photos of the evening…

Overlooking the tables…

Speeches from my beautiful friends…

Cutting my cake, these are my awesome parents…

Shots at Cruise Bar later in the evening. Lychee liquor with a chaser of lime covered in sugar…

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Cafe Morso

Lower Deck (west side), Jones Bay Wharf, Pirrama Road, Pyrmont, NSW, 2009

Ph: 9692 0111

Web: www.cafemorso.com.au