Restaurants & Bars

We Finally Got to Muse In Oxford

Fiona | Feb 15, 201206:38 AM

We finally got to Muse on a recent Saturday night and we were very pleased. To get them out of the way I will start with the negatives: the service was friendly (not offensively friendly) but the servers could use a bit more training or practice; they seemed a bit overwhelmed and undertrained. For example, I had to decline to have my plate removed several times when my companion was still eating (this is a peeve of mine in any restaurant). Also - even in a byob, I expect the server to keep an eye out for when glasses needed refilling and this did not happen. Also, there have been complaints elsewhere that the metal chairs are not very comfortable. I found them to be fine but my companion, who is larger then I am, thought they were not very comfortable.

On to the positives and the food. The food was excellent. After we were seated we were served warm crusty bread with a very nice, fruity olive oil. After we ordered we were given an amuse bouche of pureed cauliflower with creme fraiche. It was very pleasant. This was followed by a small serving of grapefriut/chardonnay sorbet. Also very nice. We did not choose to have appetizers. My companion had the pasta du jour which was housemade taggatelle with bolognese. It was delicious; the pasta was very silky. I had pheasant which was also delicious. For dessert we shared pot du creme. It was served in a wide dish rather then the traditional cup but it was excellent. We finished with properly made espresso.

I can't comment on the cost of the meal since I was being treated for my birthday but my companion did not seem to be alarmed when he got the check. All in all we enjoyed the evening and will be going back as finances allow.

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