Finally my husband and I tried Muse in Kensington last night. The room was wonderful I love the cosy atmosphere and the fact that velvet walls and carpeted floor of the lower dining area meant there was no big room echo. We sat at a corner table which had high backed booth type seats, I liked the fact that made you sit upright if you wanted or could slouch in between courses my husband felt a bit too bolt upright but then, he had less room between him and the table ;-)
The seats round the fire looked very warming too.
To start I had a fall salad with blue cheese, candied walnuts and a dressing which I am sure was supposed to have some form of blackberry in it except I couldnt taste it. The blue cheese pate was very salty and the salad had an excess of dressing to the point it almost made the leaves wilt. Tasty but these two things took the edge off. My husband started with a poached lobster tail, with truffle oiled popcorn and said it was divine the truffle popcorn a tasty twist we will be getting very posh on our home movie nights from now on
I cant remember the exact description the menu gave the main courses so apologies for my crude recollection, nonetheless they were roast pheasant with an apple, shallot and mustard type hash and roasted duck breast with a zuchinni and potato rosti, grilled cantaloupe and a blackberry type sauce. Wow is all I can say to both. My duck was succulent and delicious, and the compliment of flavours - mmmmmmmm. Canteloupe intrigued me on ordering and tasting the dish together it fitted in perfectly, especially with the slight sharpness of the blackberry, balanced with the plainer hash. My husbands dish two mouthfuls in he declared well be coming here again so I guess he was pretty happy too!
We shared a desert of lavender crème brulee with white chocolate spoons and a shortbread cookie. The crème was divine with the slightest and most subtle hint of lavender (I dont think you would want it to be overpowering), and creamy but very light/ almost fluffy. The brulee was so thick we had to take a knife from the table next to us to get through it (yikes!) and I actually thought the super-sweetness of the sugar overpowered the subtle taste of the gorgeous crème. The shortbread cookie was non-descript, and to be honest I would have preferred the crème as it was so good it really didnt need anything else, but I would still order it again, preferably without the extras, because it was so good.
So Muse I know it has had a great wrap from other Chowhounders before but heres another. The twists of the chef (Dom G____) were excellent and it is the perfect cozy spot for a special dinner on a cold Calgary night.