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Restaurant Review: Muse Hunter Valley

A creation of husband and wife  team, Megan and Troy Rhoades-Brown, and opened in March 2009, Muse Restaurant  is not about dinner, it’s about dining.   The perfect mix of contemporary Australian cuisine with professional and friendly  service, the restaurant is in a world class setting, located within the grounds  at Hungerford Hills Winery in the Hunter Valley.

Founded on simple cooking and great produce sourced  from and supporting local when possible, the importance of the dining  experience lies within treating the product with care and knowledge.  At Muse you can experience meals that bring the  best out of the ingredient without confusing or losing its true flavour.

After consuming several glasses of wine  along the way on the ‘Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Tour’, our stop at Muse Restaurant revitalised my being, when seated in its outside dining area. The gorgeous outdoor settings with light wood furniture and muted  colours were aesthetically pleasing.

First class dining can often  be intimidating, but not at Muse.  The  atmosphere was relaxed with the staff welcoming in talking about the winery and  surrounding area. Their extensive knowledge of the wines to compliment the  meals  was extremely helpful.

After a scrutinisingly decision  over whether to order the Pork Belly or Wagyu Beef, I sipped on my local Hunter  Valley wine and decided on the beef. When it arrived, it was plated beautifully  and a delight on the taste buds with perfectly cooked beef on a bed of salad  mixed with roasted figs and blue cheese.   I was hoping to try the infamous Nitro Ice-cream, an inventive dessert  made with the use of dry ice, but I was too satisfied with the main meal that I  couldn’t possibly eat anymore.

When I asked about the menu, our waiter informed me  the menu constantly changes as it is dictated by the seasons.

Muse Restaurant has received a  number of accolades, most recently has been named 2010’s Restaurant of the Year  and the winner of 2010’s Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant Award – 2010  Savour Australia Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence in the Hunter  Valley

‘I wish not to follow trends as the food I serve  is the food I love, at this point in my culinary journey’ – Muse Restaurant, Head  Chef/Owner, Troy Rhoades-Brown.