We love a good Sunday session in Melbourne and what better way to spend it in a beautiful outdoor courtyard drinking cheap beer and eating epic food.
We experienced all of the above at Dr Morse last weekend when we popped along to check out their Fists of Fury BBQ running every Sunday.
Located in a bustling pocket of Abbotsford, Dr Morse is an eatery that ticks a lot of boxes when it comes to what it has to offer the public.
It boasts a breakfast and all-day menu with Asian inspired flavours, a takeaway coffee window named ‘Jnr Morse’, a full-functioning bar offering eclectic cocktails, craft beer and wine but their biggest draw card is the gorgeous outdoor beer garden filled with plenty of greenery, hanging lantern lights, a funky bar and their outdoor barbecue.
Entering the beer garden after 2pm on Sunday and the aroma of Asian spices and smoky meat fills your nostrils. The barbecue is set in the middle of the courtyard where the chefs are preparing your food from hot off the grill to your plate. The Fists of Fury menu comprises around 15 different dishes, with nearly all priced at $12 and under apart from the whole fried snapper or half chicken at $20.
We loved the different array of options presented that meant it wasn’t all just meat but a bit of everything. We got to try out some of the most popular dishes on offer including the whole fried snapper, charred corn with miso brown butter, the Bangkok fried rice, Char Siu pork with ginger & chilli vinegar and the Som Tum green papaya salad. Every dish on our table was absolutely delicious but the highlight would have had to been the snapper, which was cooked to absolute perfection and infused with that Nam Jim dressing. The pork was another memorable dish as it was super tender with a hint of smokiness and the fried rice was light and a great accompaniment. Everything was well-balanced with Asian inspired flavours and lots of spice.
Accompanying our food was one of their craft beers-fruity and light, a good ol’ spritz and a freshly made watermelon juice. Anything freshly made is a tick in our books and the watermelon juice was full of flavour and fresh.
The interior of Dr Morse is a mixture of rustic and antique. It’s highlight is an old mural on a brick wall from early 1900’s discovered and restored when they were refurbishing the building four years ago. They also have a beautiful big fire place which would be a sought-after spot in those winter months and the beer garden is of course a buzzing spot in those summer months and is even dog-friendly.
Dr Morse is a wonderful hidden gem in Melbourne offering a little bit of something for everyone. You could head in for a late lunch and not leave until the early hours of the evening. They have a DJ playing outside and we could only imagine how it would go off on a Friday or Saturday night. Make sure you join in on the Sunday session fun and enjoy the Fists of Fury barbecue while it lasts.
What: Dr Morse
Where: 274 Johnston St, Abbotsford
When: Mon- Thurs 7am -11pm, Fri 7am – 1am, Sat 8am -1am, Sun 8am – 11pm
Special mention: Fist of Fury BBQ-every Sunday from 2pm
More info: https://www.drmorse.com.au/