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Not So New Kid on the Block: Kensington’s Muse Restaurant

It’s a fitting name, Muse, for the restaurant tucked away just off Kensington Road. It’s not a new addition to the Calgary food scene, but it has changed hands recently, and last week I had the chance to check it out.

Muse Restaurant
What a place. The décor is unique, with heavy drapes and rich, colourful accents. It’s relaxing, it’s romantic, and while it’s absolutely a fine dining establishment, it’s not pretentious. Très bon, oui? Oh wait, there I go being pretentious.

Back to the restaurant.

Muse Restaurant
In the fall of 2012, Muse was sold by partners Chris Hurlburt and Cam Dobranski to current proprietors Heather Wighton and Stephen Deere. With Executive Chef JP Pedhirney {formerly of Rouge} at the helm of the kitchen, along with his extremely talented team, there’s no doubt that the new Muse family will do extremely well.

Back to checking it out.

We {I, along with a few dozen other food-loving folks} nibbled and sipped on a wide variety of dishes and wines, respectively – from the light and refreshing Hamachi to Sweet Potato Sorbet, and a seemingly countless selection of delicious wines.

Here’s a quick look at what the evening had in store for our taste buds:

Hamachi with Coriander and Lime Vin, Radishes, Red Chilies, and Togarashi. Paired with a Joie Farm Noble Blend Aromatic White VQA 2011 from Naramata, BC.

Muse Restaurant

Bruniose Potato with Green Peas, Sous-Vide Egg, Truffles, Bacon Gel, and Brassica Mustard. Paired with a Querciabella Chianti Classico DOCG 2009 from Tuscany, Italy.

Muse Restaurant

Grilled Sturgeon with Beet Ribbons, Borscht Consomme, Caviar Crème Fraiche, and Brussel Sprouts. Paired with an Antech Heritage Cremant de Limoux Brut Millisime 1860 ACO 2010 from the Languedoc, France.

Muse Restaurant

Lamb Saddle with Crispy Lamb Belly, Cippolini Onion, Farinata, and a Black Olive Emulsion. Paired with Te Mata Bull Nose Syrah 2010 from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand; and, J. Boutin Cote Rotie Bonneveaux AOC 2010 from Northern Rhone, France.

Muse Restaurant

Last, but absolutely not least, Chocolate Creamaux with Toasted Meringue, Sweet Potato Sorbet, Lemon Gel, and Coriander. Paired with a Brigaldara Recioto Della Valpolicella Classico 2006 from Veneto, Italy.

Muse Restaurant
Is your belly grumblinge yet? Head to Muse’s website for more information, hours, location, and reservations.

Muse Restaurant

  1. JEANNE PRETTY04-06-13

    all looks so apetising. Heather, a Chris Fewster is going to check out your restaurant. he is the son of our friends from here and he lives in Calgray. He was talking to Betty. hope your going into 2nd place
    Grandma Jeanne

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