The multi-concept establishment is filled with innovative twists on Asian cuisine. Look out for their snazzy cocktails too!
If you’re seeking shelter from the unforgiving heat this past week, take refuge in Muse Amuse. Consisting of a restaurant, bar, lounge-cum-event space, and even a roof garden, this integrated establishment is a tranquil refuge from the torpid weather. Not far off from Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown MRT stations, you’ll be right at home once you step into this two-month old collective.
Its front section – Muse – is a minimalist styled restaurant serving up Mod-Asian sharing plates. With its space available for hire, the restaurant also accommodates event launches, work events, and private parties.
As you walk further inside – and through an old-school shophouse airwell – you’ll find yourself in Amuse, the establishment’s bar, which leads out to the Ann Siang Hill and Club Street area. Open from 3pm onwards, the bar is a haunt among white-collar ‘Shentonites’ aplenty. Upstairs, you’ll find a tranquil lounge that’s available for all patrons to use. Just order a cup of coffee, and the staff will serve it as you work or read!
Experimental, Yet Recognisable Dishes @ Muse
Asian fusion was the name of the game, as we tucked into some of the most prettily plated wares for the afternoon. They are served in sharing plates, so take that special someone or your best friends out on this epicurean journey.
Fancy steak tartare with a twist? Try some Tartaro, $18, to savour the freshness of its grain-fed Wagyu. The dish is tossed in sesame oil and layered with chopped Korean honey pears and red chilli. We thought its raw egg yolk balanced really well with the grit of finely diced pears. If you’re someone who only eats beef that’s thoroughly cooked, fret not. You’ll surprise yourself when you chew on this delicate mince which blends effortlessly with the medley of ingredients. It’s even garnished with herbs that are grown in Muse Amuse’s very own roof garden!
‘A’ for aesthetics, is what we say for the Royal Ratchaphruek, $12. Shaped like a bloom, this ratatoullie-inspired creation is steeped in tom yum broth. The ultra-thin flaps of lotus root, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrot and potato are baked to bring out its natural sweetness without drying it to a crisp. It gorgeously unfurls into the shallow pool of broth like a river lotus. It’s high on visuals and high on taste- that’s for sure.
For desserts, we tried the curiously delectable Gula Melaka Panna Cotta with Umami Sea Urchin, $12. Now, this might initially seem like an odd combination, but we were surprised by how well the briny sea urchin matched with creamy, lush pudding. To best enjoy this, consume both the sea urchin and pudding in a single spoonful at the same time.
Asian-Inspired Cocktails @ Amuse
Need some respite from the heart? Savour in these cool glasses of cocktail from Amuse. And we’re not just talking about any ol’ cocktail. Created by resident mixologist Isz Valentino, these happy juices make use of Asian ingredients and cooking techniques for a one-of-a-kind flavour profile.
The Tom Yum Bloody Mary, $25, gets a special shout-out from us. Arguably, this is Bloody Mary’s secret sister of another Asian mother. The family resemblance is there – its salt-covered rim, spicy flavours, and the comforting dashes of vodka.
What sets this creation apart, however, is its tom yum broth base that replaces tomato juice. It’s also stirred with lemongrass, lime leaves, and chilli padi to give it a real kick. Spicy without being overpowering, we recommend pairing this cocktail with the Royal Ratchaphruek.
Muse Amuse, 289 South Bridge Road. Muse open Mon – Sat, 12pm – 12mn. Amuse open Mon – Sat, 3pm till late. Both closed on Sundays. Tel: 8500 0588.