Muse by Tom Aikens

What an absolute fabulous little restaurant this place is. We first had the pleasure of visiting Muse back in december where we enjoyed an incredible dining experience. This enhanced our desire to return at the earliest opportunity and yesterday was the day when we indeed had that chance. I can tell you now that if we thought our first visit was amazing then our second was absolutely stunning.

The restaurant itself is in a nice quiet location in the Belgravia area. We entered the restaurant and received a delightful welcome back before being escorted upstairs to the main dining area. Here we would be seated at the counter in the same seats as our previous visit. Once comfortable the rest of the staff took the opportunity to say thanks for visiting the restaurant again. Once comfortable we were shown the menu to which there was a choice of the five or eight course tasting menus for lunch. We without any hesitation decided to opt for the eight courses. Now it was time to meet sommelier Angelo who recommended a fabulous 2018 Holger Koch Grauburgunder to compliment perfectly with the majority of the menu.

FOREVER PICKLING This is where it all begins with a delightful selection of snacks including Turnips , Crab & the Muse version of KFC along with Bread and heavenly Chicken Butter.

JUST DOWN THE ROAD We now moved on to the next course of Ricotta , Peach & Beans that was an absolute flavour sensation. The creaminess and slight richness from the ricotta & beans mixed with the freshness of the peach gazpacho leaves your palate in heaven. This was followed by the DAZZLING NEW HEIGHTS a delightful and refreshing Scallop , Cucumber & Almond.


MOTHER’S POTATO SALAD To create a fantastic dish using the humble potato is nothing short of genius and this Potato , Truffle & Artichoke dish was just that. With this we received a nice surprise from sommelier Angelo as he poured us a complimentary glass of Vignerons Giachino Ma Douce a fabulous fruity french red wine to pair with the dish.


Next to come was the CONQUERING THE BEECH TREE This was an amazing dish combining Langoustine , Pork Fat & Burnt Apple to which when all mixed together to leave your palate dancing with delight. We followed with the stunning SMOKEY SUMMERS a Sea Bass with Aubergine & Tomato.


Now we moved to the main course IF IT AIN’T BROKE This was Lamb , Mint & Courgette with a delicious jus and a mint sauce including seaweed proved to be a match made in heaven. To pair with this Angelo came up with another fabulous wine. This time he chose a fantastic medium bodied Kepos 2018 Ampeleia from Tuscany.


We then decided to have the additional Cheese Course with a Baron Bigod with Sorrel & Hazelnut along with a selection of crackers , pickles & homemade condiments. This was personally one of the best cheese courses I’ve had the pleasure of eating.


Now it was Lollipop time with a Pre Dessert of Kaffir Lime Solero ice lollies that were delicious. This was followed by MUSE MESS a take on the eton mess dessert. This consisted of Strawberry , Sheep’s Yoghurt & Pink Peppercorn and a delightful way to finish.


We finished with one of their specialty teas and delicious treats to bring to an end an absolutely fantastic dining experience. This really is a restaurant that I would highly recommend paying a visit to. The food created by Tom Aikens head chef Seamus and his team is stunning. This is matched by excellent service led by Julien & Danny. All this is rounded of by sommelier Angelo and his amazing wine recommendations.

Thank You Tom , Seamus , Julien , Danny , Angelo and all the team for an outstanding lunch and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.


By Lloyd Stevens

I'm a big Foodie and love Fine Dining in AA Rosette and Michelin Star restaurants also enjoy good Pub Food especially Desserts . I been living in Hornchurch for 20yrs now and this year celebrate my 25th Wedding Anniversary to my wife Jane . We do enjoy our holidays with Italy & San Diego as our favourite destinations I've decided to focus more on my Foodie life due to over 3 years ago being struck down with nerve damage and recently spondylosis I do enjoy my sport and follow Chelsea , Juventus & San Diego Padres

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