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“Over-rated, over-priced and inconsistent”
Review of Muse Restaurant

Muse Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 74 Restaurants in Pokolbin
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$59 - US$173
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Muse has become renowned for not only its food but also for its professional and friendly service. Offering a season driven Contemporary Australian menu, the food is fresh and exciting without overcomplicating the ingredients. Using quality produce, sourcing locally whenever possible, the dishes show technique, restraint and respect.
Reviewed 8 January 2012

Dining at Muse with a very good friend was to be the highlight of our three-night stay in the Hunter region. I cooked a magnificent Thai chicken curry on our first night; we ate out the next and on the last I cooked an amazing rack of lamb with all the trimmings. Sorry to say that my own little home-cooked meals stole the show from Muse.

The ostentaciousness is totally unnecessary in what is essentially a 'brasserie/cafe' restaurant trying to put on high heels and a tiara for the evening.

There was no finesse about any of the food prep and sitting watching the kitchen staff going about their preparation was just horrible. No love in that kitchen at all!

I will not go on; it was just a massive disappointment all round. My meal (the presentation was ludicrous and something that looked like one of the KIDS from Kids Masterchef put together) was very ordinary despite being 'spatchcock'. Absolutely no polish in this place which charges like a wounded bull. Wait staff, whilst polite, were very ordinary and lacked the enchantment one would expect of such a 'highly priced' (supposedly high calibre) restaurant.

All is not lost; I am sure that with a little refinement, these guys could scrape it into a three-star and eventually get there (five star) with some professional guidance. I see these guys have one hat ... I can see them having two or three in the near future with just some 'spit' and polish. Overall it was a lovely evening but way too expensive for the service and food which both lacked lustre.

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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Our friends had arranged a gourmet/wine tasting trip to the Hunter Valley and on Friday night we went to Muse, given it's star ratings by many reviewers. The building housing the restaurant is an imposing glass metal construction - giving it a light, airy feel - but a little bit sterile and unwelcoming. Staff at reception gave us a pleasant welcome, our waitress introduced herself - in the American style - and left menus.
All the dishes were very expensive, and the wines too. When the food came, exquisitely presented, it made "cuisine nouvelle" look like a banquet. Minute portions which left you feeling a little taken for a ride / ripped off. Tastes were delicious and the service attentive without being very warm. But given all we'd heard, Muse left us musing whether it really merited all its accolades. Not a memorable dining experience in the positive sense.

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Reviewed 7 January 2012

Great coffee, winery lovely
Definitely going back

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Thank BubblesLover
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Reviewed 7 January 2012

We came here for dinner on Thursday, 5 Jan....had a fab experience!! We have been to many fine dining restaurants in Australia and overseas, and this is definitely one of our favorites!

Food - amazing! ordered the degustation with matching wines. Every course was great - decent portion sizes, modern and fresh flavours, good mix of seafood and meat, fabulous wine! Loved it. Also, loved the choice of bread and truffle butter!!!

Ambiance - Great - modern, clean, busy, unpretentious.

Service - friendly, efficient, attentive

Value - very good value for an amazing meal.

Cant wait to come back again!!

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Thank bec999
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Reviewed 6 January 2012

this is fine dining at its best absolutly delious food great service and also a very stylish building try the pork belly it was awsome

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Thank lukejp1
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