On Tuesday, Drew turned 34. We started the celebrations early, a combination of Seaport BeerFest Friday and a small party at our place Saturday. After a breakfast in bed (which I served but did not make, thank you Chebucto Coffee) we spent the day outside with the pup while I did a bit of writing and Drew did a little reading.
We had been wanting to try the new Morris East (morriseast.com, @MorrisEast) since we heard they would be opening a second location a few months ago. Pizza is one of my favourite foods and there are very few gluten free slices that do the trick. Theirs really hits the spot.
We were greeted and shown to a window table. Almost all of the seats ARE window seats. The big, wrap-around windows allow natural light to flood through the whole restaurant. It is a very open layout. You can see right into the kitchen and there are even bar seats just a few feet away from where the staff work their magic with Morris East’s wood fired oven (brought in from Naples!).
We were there for a late lunch, something I’ll plan to do again, because at lunch they have a great special. $13 gets you a 9″ pizza (choose from any toppings on the menu) and the soup of the day. We each got a different pizza, paired with that day’s soup, a cream of asparagus.
The pizza was unbelievably good. I had only had the mushroom pizza before so we asked for suggestions from our server who pointed us towards the peach and the Hawaiian. The Hawaiian was topped with housemade rosemary bacon and thin sliced caramelized pineapple. I have never liked pineapple on pizza but this was sliced so thin that it is almost like having the sweet taste of pineapple infused into the sauce.
Even better than that was the peach, topped with woodfired peaches, goat cheese, shallots, prosciutto and maple rosemary aioli. We drizzled the whole thing in their chilli oil and try as we might to polish it all off we took home a few slices as leftovers.
Despite being Drew’s birthday we weren’t going to order a drink until Drew noticed a beer on the menu called the Morris East Fire Tap, a mix of two Garrison beer (tall ship and hop yard). We ordered one to share.
The price, portions, design and service were all fantastic, I would definitely recommend it. It is located at 620 Nine Mile Drive (look for Shanti Yoga, Morris East doesn’t have signs yet). You can read my review of the gluten free crust at Morris East HERE.
Note: I am allergic to wheat, spelt and quinoa. I still drink beer, as it does not bother me. While I had no problem with this meal, please always double check with your server if you have an allergy!
Morris East Bedford West
620 Nine Mile Drive