Morel

Morel

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.morelmke.com/
  • Phone: (414) 897-0747
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Thursday 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Manyo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private parking lot located across the street from Morel.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Morel reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (101)neighborhood gem (61)special occasion (53)hot spot (40)romantic (38)good for groups (21)notable wine list (19)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • have chef will salt?
    happybakerVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Our overall experience at Morel was very good, the chef is obviously talented, and the food is inventive and tasty. The flatbread, radish salad, and soup were outstanding, and the place has a great vibe (although a bit of noise dampening wouldn't hurt). All four of us were raving until our entrees came out very over-salted ...a pity. We'll come back again to give it another try...and hopefully will have the same great experience with the entrees as with the rest of the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best new restaurant in Milwaukee!
    Lives2eatVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We had a terrific dinner here Nov. 22. Craft cocktails are delicious, nice wine selection but the star is the innovative and wonderfully prepared entrees. If you start with anything, make it the pork belly. Yes, you see it everywhere but not like this. the lamb dish was out of this world and the beef cheeks were so tender and flavorful. MKE is really lucky to have such talented chefs !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    curly
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    A bit $$$. Food was good but too much sauce of different kinds on everything - hid the taste of the main item. The service was ok, a little too much coming to the table and interrupting conversation. We will try again at a later time. Parking was a plus.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back...
    Tommy
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great food and great atmosphere. The waitstaff seemed very knowledgeable and friendly; however, our server was very slow to warm. She did get friendly towards the end of the meal, close to tip time. The food was inventive and very flavorful. Maybe a little overpriced but not by much. We'll definitely go back soon. I'm impressed how coordinated the restaurant was. Also, The Hemingway cocktail was delicious and not too boozy. Great beer and wine selection. Try it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • morel
    downstairsdann
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great service, fantastic food wonderful selection of wines but, bring your earplugs it can get very noisy would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emerging with Strength
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Morel has only been opened a short time but already demonstrates the poise and professionalism you expect in supervising floor management, kitchen/chef talent and timing and high quality and innovation in the food. I have been twice and can't wait for the season when the "morel" mushroom or a truffle might appear on the menu! Strongly recommend reservation which can also be had at the Chef's counter if you like to watch the food preparation--quite impressive operation. Wonderful addition to the MKE higher quality dining scene. Go Go Go
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud and Uneven
    savvydiner
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Decor is welcoming but it was difficult to have a conversation as the restaurant becomes very loud, and we were leaning across the 2 top table constantly to talk. The food was creative but one pairing of very hot, spicy greens with a sophisticated and subtle roast was incompatible. Wine list prices are exceedingly high for the selection.
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous!
    Kazybaby
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. Everything was packed with intense flavor. The unusual items on the menu should be tried, they are awesome! Server was very knowledgeable and gave a great wine recommendation to complement our diverse choice of foods. We will certainly be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday at Morel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Overall, a terrific experience. So much energy and so willing to please. Loved the staff and the food was a 10. Will definitely return and bring new friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    JandA
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    A small yet wide menu will have us coming back. My wife and I went last Saturday. The celeriac soup was quite tasty as were the beef cheeks with brussel sprouts. Service was attentive and well paced. The server was informative and friendly. We will be back with friends and will tell others to come on dow.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The polenta topped with mushrooms & finished with aged balsamic appetizer was outstanding. Our server was very knowledgeable about the ingredients and preparation method of each of the items on the menu. Very pleasant ambiance. Extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in Milwaukee
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    A great find. The mushrooms are out of this world. Pleasant service, and mouth watering food. Farm to table done right. Compares to restaurants in bigger cities. A Milwaukee treasure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great choices
    Travel2EatVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Loved this place! The food was outstanding. Polenta, mushrooms and a little bit of pork in an appetizer to die for. Could have had that foe an entree (server told us later others had ordered it as a an entree portion). Whole trout, short ribs, lamb chop with lamb sausage and veggies, duck confit with duck sausage - all wonderful! They make the butter, desserts, and more themselves. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen Table
    bmax
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    A Great vantage point to watch the "Action" for the fantastic food & beverages that are terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+ in Walkers Point
    ProntomacVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    WOW--this place os spectacular, adding another true gem to the several outstanding restaurants in Walkers Point. The chef is ambitious along with his young team that is very well orchestrated--even at this early stage of a new restaurant. It will be good to keep the menu on the small side for a while. I had mushrooms and the special ham biscuit -- truly outstanding--and the cocktail with Makers is also a gem. I think it will be hard to get into Morel for a while--so book early--and support all the other good restaurants in the area too!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun atmosphere, but very rich food
    Letshavedinner2
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The limited but unusual menu, made selecting something harder. We started off with two appetizers, cheese platter which was delicious and the mushroom salad. The salad had several different mushrooms in it. One of us liked it, the other didn't (thought it was flavorless). For our entree, one had braised beef, the other the trout. The beef was fairly fatty, which was unappetizing, but flavorful. The trout was good, but again, after eating, felt uncomfortable (too much grease/oily taste). We did not order dessert as neither was hungry nor felt that great. The service was perfect: attentive and very pleasant, the atmosphere was fun, and the crowd was having a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    Tommy
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Server was attentive and overall service was good. That said the food was great from the starters to the dessert. Working backward, we shared all four of the desserts offered that evening all good none out of this world. The pumpkin cheese cake was light and airy. Both the pear and apple tarts w/ corresponding ice creams were well done and not to sweet and the chocolate ganache (sp?) was good but not as gooey as others we have had. The entrees we had were all very well done and flavorful. The pork chop was more like a veal chop and according to the folks I was with the best of the four entrees we sampled. The pheasant which I ordered with some of the creamiest polenta I have ever had was far better in my opinion.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gastronomic Celebration!
    Lagill
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our experience at Morel was a palate pleasing, sensory satisfying, and gastronomically grand celebration! My husband and I shared the cauliflower soup, mushrooms atop creamy polenta, roasted rabbit atop micro-mustard greens, pork tenderloin atop collards, and the molten chocolate cake with bacon brittle for dessert. Every bite of food exploded with freshness, flavor, and fortitude. We can't wait for our next adventure at this exciting new Milwaukee restaurant. The service was OUTSTANDING as well! We would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful meal and service
    pianogirl
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My friend and I went for an early Friday dinner recently. Although the menu is not extensive, they have an eclectic choice of various meats, seafood and vegetables. The ambiance was contemporary but retained a lot of the "old building" character. Our appetizer and entrees were very good and the server was attentive but not intrusive. We will definitely return again!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top MKE Restaurant
    TravelnFood
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    There's a great rustic atmosphere to the restaurant that has a tasteful mushroom theme. The drinks throughout were a big hit with our group (signature cocktails, wine, specialty coffee). But the food was an even bigger hit. We started with a burrata and heirloom tomato flatbread and a wild mushroom fricassee over the creamiest polenta. The mushroom dish was out of this world with flavor and texture. For the mains we had rabbit leg, beef cheek, and filet medallions. All were good but out of these the rabbit leg was the clear winner with meat falling off the bone and melting in your mouth. We ended with chocolate souffle and pumpkin cheesecake which were great, not out of this world but we all enjoyed it. Overall an A+++.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unique, inviting, delicious
    Papoose
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Morel is worth the experience. New menu every day, high quality ingredients, management and staff have an intimate and committed manor to the whole experience. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food pairings were excellent. The sauces were remarkably smooth and enhanced the entree. It was a delightful experience!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a wonderful evening, everything that we ate from the starters to the pumpkin cheesecake was unbelievable! We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious if pricey
    dadandaon
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My date choose to come here and I'm glad we did. She had the duck and I had the pork chop (they ran out of beef cheeks) after the flatbread appetizer. We also had desert. Everything was excellent except for the desert, which was essentially a dry sweetbread. Our server was knowledgeable and fun. With wine and tip, our bill amounted to $140 for two. Still a very romantic environment.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    KayK
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food at Morel was ethereal! It transported me to another space and time. It was superb. I had the hedgehog mushroom and polenta which was out of this world. I also have beef cheek it was braised so wonderfully, tender, flavorful. I haven't had food prepared so well in a while and I look forward to the next time I'm in Milwaukee to back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • B-Day Celebration
    Newspots
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very laid back atmosphere with excellent food. Well crafted cocktails. Service was very attentive and informative selling the menu and preparations. Four in our party; trout, duck, and lamb chop were prefect with excellent presentation. Pork chop had great flavor but not cooked to correct temperature, pink is fine, but the thick chop was a little raw near the bone. Desserts were terrific as well. Will go back to this new up and comer.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    joeyboom
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    After 3 days I'm still thinking about the wild mushroom and polenta app as well as the pork belly. We will be back soon and have told many people about the great meal and service, Thanks again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DEEELICIOUS!
    Mradtke
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We tried Morel for our anniversary, and were not disappointed! The food was fantastic! Lick-the-plate-clean! We started with a mushroom fricassee (at a place called Morel, you have to do the mushroom starter, right?) and the Pork Belly. They were both so good, I could have ordered another of each as my meal! Then dinner was Duck Confit (YUM) and Beef Cheeks. OMG! Beef Cheeks? I was told they were similar to short ribs in texture...but they were even better. SO GOOD! Dessert was chocolate cake - it was good, but was outshone by everything else. The craft cocktails were also delicious. I HIGHLY recommend this place. And they've only been open 7 weeks! Amazing! FANTASTIC!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Place
    MKEdinerVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Morel is fairly new to the Milwaukee dining scene and a welcome addition it is! This was our second visit to this fine establishment and couldn't wait to get back after the first. The service at this restaurant is outstanding with very professional and knowledgable staff. Excellent explanation of food features and specials with welcome recommendations. The mushroom starter was terrific and both the trout and rabbit entrees were delicious. Wine by the glass options are first rate. Nice dessert selection added to the overall top notch dining experience. Can't wait to get back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Wannabefoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    To start, We had an melon salad. that was really good. It had a little chili on ot so it was little spicy. My husband had the pork tenderloin & I had the special, lamb with pasta in an olive oil base. Both were amazing! For dresser, had the chocolate soufflé which was so yummy! The G&T was a great drink. They make their own tonic so you can barely taste the fun, could be dangerous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time dining, it was great!
    Schnigs
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The menu was one page and changes daily which I love. Food was great, as was our service. We split a couple appetizers and then each got a main dish. Portion sizes were perfect for two. The rainbow trout was flavorful, and we also loved the tomato flat breads. Would definitely dine here again and try something new.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newcomer to Milwaukee Fine Dining
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Enjoyed our visit to Morel. Friendly staff in very nicely remodeled building. Food was very good and creative in its execution. Limited selection of entrees with adequate wine list; hope the amount of selections will increase. Appreciate the attempt to pair the food to the season.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    ChefA
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was my 2nd time in and I picked it not just for the food , but because it was a business meeting and BRAVO to Morel for minimal noise . The staff was friendly and knowledgable.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morel
    H2Ogirl12
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I read previous reviews that stated that the noise level was very high. They were right. I really didn't think that I would be a big deal, but it was in fact very distracting. I ordered a pasta dish with lamb and my partner ordered the chinook salmon. The pasta dish was overall good, but the pasta was noticeably under cooked. My partner's dish tasted and smelled "fishy" which was less than desirable. The wine and drink list was exceptional and I very much enjoyed my beverages. The decor was very unique and rustic. Overall, I think this place has definite potential to become a foodie destination however, they MUST.. I repeat MUST get the noise level situation under control.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left us cold
    mmack
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The place had a cold vibe altogether. Our server was aloof and seemed entirely disinterested. I ordered the salmon, which was overcooked and dry. The bed of greens was delicious, which I attribute to massive amounts of butter. When the server returned at last, she didn't ask how everything was or remark upon my untouched salmon, and when I told her, in an amicable tone, that the salmon was dry, she didn't apologize, but merely said she'd pass my comment along. I definitely wouldn't return here or recommend it.
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  • Congratulations
    HUNGRYFORMOREVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Morel is admirably ambitious. All of the menu items sound delicious...and the ones we have tried are. It is a good addition to the dining scene. The service is good and the food is tasty.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rlziggy
    Rlziggy
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    The owner has created a very unique mix of dishes that are not ordinarily found at other restaurants. The meat combination appetizer is outstanding.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Five-star food
    HongKongFoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Walking into Morel, one may not first think of five star food, but make no mistake, that is exactly what you will be eating. We chose the buratta and apricot starter, and the pork belly. The sauce on the pork belly alone was worth the trip. The buratta and apricot on the flatbread was tantalizing, but adding some of the tossed greens to it took it to a completely different level. For entrees, we had the lamb, the duck, and the quail. The quail was cooked to perfection. The duck sausage and duck bacon were like nothing I've ever tasted. But the lamb was the star. For dessert; Roasted peach puff pastry balanced perfectly between the sugar and pastry; warm rich clafoutis; and a deliciously unique goat cheesecake. You will not be disappointed.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a gem!
    urbanfoodie
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I dined here on a Saturday night, and the place was definitely jumping. If you like a quiet, candlelit table where you can whisper, Morel is not for you. Now, we like it noisy and hopping, so we thought the atmosphere was great. On top of that, the food was to die for. We had two appetizers (mushrooms and a pork dish that was just outstanding) and then we split an entrée or "main" (duck confit). The duck was perfectly prepared and it ended up being exactly the right amount of food for both of us. Nonetheless, we had to go with the goat cheesecake for dessert, which was also ridiculously good. And the service was prompt and non-intrusive and simply excellent. With wine, it was under $100, so a good value too.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tortugita
    Tortugita
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Outstanding melon feta salad and pheasant entree. Timing of serving a bit too slow
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.