Whoohoo, day drunk! I am always on the lookout for good happy hour spots, and Morton's of Chicago, the Steakhouse at the Sheraton in TST just gave me another excuse to work hard and play hard. Morton's new Power Hour is a revamp of their previous happy hour deal, with an expanded menu to include wine and beer selections and new cocktail items at a discounted price. Outside of their Power Hour selection, the "Mortini" menu has also had a facelift, with almost a dozen new drinks added to the selection. They've also extended their Bar Bites menu to include a couple of new dishes.
We arrived at 17:30 and dove into our first round of Power Hour with a Moscow Mule (I know, I know, but I wanted to start things off simple) and a Dream Berry. The Dream Berry is a Power Hour item, with a strong, sweet strawberry taste. The flavour overall reminded us of margaritas and the texture was viscous and nectar-like; definitely for those who have a sweet tooth.
As for the munchies, we settled on one of the new Bar Bites, the filet mignon trio ($150). We thought the filet mignon was a tad overcooked, and the béarnaise sauce failed to make an impression, but the blue cheese butter was rich and moreish and the au poivre sauce was beyond tasty, with a hint of spiciness, and that placated our first impressions. Plus, we liked how it was was served on crispy, thin slices of bread, which soaked up all the meat juices. Mmmm...
Our second round of Power Hour saw us trying the Masalita and the Palm Beacher. The Palm Beacher's a little goodie; a delicious pineapple-infused vodka that we had served on the rocks, it was sweet and strong and one to be enjoyed in moderation. The Masalita is tequila-based and packed with all good green things: fresh lime juice, coriander leaf, fresh cucumbers and jalapeno chilli peppers. We especially liked the finishing touch of a sugar rim on the glass. This was probably my favourite drink of the evening; it was zingy and a little spicy (but not so spicy as to make you gag for water), it was a well-blended mix of sweet and sour, and it was super yummy. 5 stars.
We paired off our drinks selection with another new menu item, the crab spinach and artichoke dip ($140). Boy oh boy, this one's a good one. Served with crunchy French bread croutons, this dip doesn't skimp out on ya; we broke through the cheese-baked crust with our toasties and were pleased to find out that it was loaded with big crab chunks (which is excellent on more than one level, as it satisfies all participants, e.g. no fighting over who gets the most crab, and it minimises undignified digging around in the small casserole dish. Win win). Paired with spinach, artichoke, and a slight bit of blue cheese, this creamy mush was well-balanced and smooth, with a flavour that didn't overwhelm our palates. We really polished this one off.
Overall, would definitely come back for the drinks, especially at the very reasonable price of $60 per cocktail during Power Hour, because I like to treat myself, but I don't like breaking the bank. The crab dip is also much recommended if you're feeling snacky. Power Hour runs from Monday to Friday, 17:00-19:00.
Morton's the Steakhouse at the Sheraton
Tel: 2732 2343