Muse Brasserie, Prince Street, Bristol Review

There’s an interesting story behind the creation of the Muse Brasserie : many years ago a Parisian chef, Frank Grillet, was travelling in India and met Chef Pramod, both were passionate about creative cooking and finding dishes that inspired rather than bored their customers and so a fusion between French and Indian culinary skills was melded and Muse Brasserie was born. It’s a great surprise coming into the restaurant off the urban street outside, suddenly all is quiet and tasteful luxury, dark crushed velvet seating in curved booths, the ceiling canopied with white japonica flowers, a long gleaming bar with a hip chic vibe.

The menu hums with interesting dishes, combing the best of French and Indian twists; we began with grilled mackerel served with beetroot relish and soya lime dressing and cheese soufflé with kirsch cheese fondue. To follow, I chose pea and broad bean risotto with Parmesan and truffle oil and my guest took from the grill, pork chop with thick cut chips, tomatoes, and mushrooms with apple sauce. Then our dinner got off to the best possible start, we were served an amuse-bouche of crisp sweetcorn cups with a gently spiced filling of sweetcorn and pomegranate seeds (delicious), watermelon gazpacho, and a choice of hot rolls and butter.

 

 

The wine list has been thoughtfully put together and we chose a good bottle of Viognier which arrived with an ice bucket; a major plus point for me. Our starters were outstanding, the cheese soufflé the lightest we’d tasted for a long time, and I particularly enjoyed the creamy chopped beetroot relish which complemented the mackerel perfectly. Our main courses were served with an expert flourish, my risotto the vibrant green that comes from only the freshest of vegetables with robust flavour and the large bone-in pork chop juicy and tender but with good crisp fat. We relished both tremendously, the chop bone was gnawed and not a grain of rice was left.

To round off this very special evening, we shared a café gourmand, a choice of tea or coffee with a selection of six small desserts beautifully presented in a chocolate box. My favourite was the crème brûlée but the strawberry tart and mango and white chocolate are worth a mention too. There is also the café gourmand deluxe which is the same but served with a choice of dessert cocktail : lemon meringue pie, raspberry and white chocolate martini, rum ‘n’ raisin sling and more. We tried the lemon meringue pie cocktail with absolute citron and limoncello topped with white chocolate meringue which was delightful.

As well as the fabulous food, the table settings are splendid (they have butter knives for goodness sake), the service professional and friendly and their mission statement is that every guest should have their expectations exceeded – well, we certainly did!

Jacquie Vowles

Muse Brasserie, Crown House, 37-41 Prince Street, Bristol, BS1 4PS

 

 

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