After a three-year absence, acclaimed chef Michael Meredith’s return to the Auckland restaurant scene has been joyfully embraced by guests and critics. The inventive Pacific-influenced cuisine at Mr Morris has drawn accolades and awards, and has a loyal following of foodies always checking in to discover the consistent and exciting changes on the menu.
Nestled on the corner of Commerce and Galway street, Mr Morris is a relaxed, welcoming space with a name that pays homage to one of Michael’s close family members. The light-filled oak-and-brick lined interior designed by Cheshire Architects offers big round booths, perches at the stone bench bar, relaxed sofas and intimate tables among the plants – take your pick!
The private dining room, known as Mrs Morris, is tucked away at the back of the main restaurant in a former bank vault. A dark and delicious cave with its own Miele kitchen, it offers an intimate dining experience with a dedicated chef for up to 26 guests.
The menu at Mr. Morris is all about championing hero ingredients, with the team describing it as “local, ethical and seasonal with a devotion to flavour, no matter its origin.” Head chef Zane Neustroski works in the kitchen with Michael, where the open-fire grill brings even more flavour and intensity to the dishes.
The 'Kitchen Experience Menu' is the premium offering at Mr Morris. Changing daily, it is selected by what is seasonal and exciting to the Chef at the time. 4 courses long, plus the Chef's Selection of snacks to start, it really is an incredible dining experience.
The beverage offering at Mr. Morris begins with a concise and considered seasonal cocktail list, New Zealand craft beers, a range of homemade non-alcoholic alternatives and some artisanal vermouths for those wishing to try something new.
The wine list is concise and tailored specifically to the menu currently on offer. Michael and Zane's menu receives the attention it deserves, with a list focused on both harmonising and contrasting with the various flavours and textures of their dishes.
Michael’s previous restaurant, Meredith’s was renowned for its impressive array of dishes and techniques on show on the plate. Mr Morris has a much more relaxed approach to dining, but the flavours can be summed up in one word; outstanding.