This quaint 40-seater restaurant situated in Port Elizabeth’s busy restaurant hub of Stanley Street is managed and owned by husband-and-wife duo Alan and Simone Bezuidenhout.
The restaurant features a relaxed fine-dining menu that changes every season. Surfer and head chef Alan creates a selective menu, weaving a theme of seasonal vegetables into his dishes. Plated in a rustic ceramic bowl, the beef short rib pairs perfectly with a crunchy corn salsa, chilli and lime roasted baby potatoes, fresh broccoli, crunchy carrots and green beans, rounded off with a chipotle aïoli. This popular dish does not disappoint, with tender beef falling off the bone and dancing in a sweet soy jus. The smoked pork belly is also a great option, finished with salted bacon jam, gem squash, roasted butternut, sweet potato, baby marrow, apple sauce, crackling and a maple jus.
The dessert menu is a feast for the eyes with the theatrical 70% Callebaut dark chocolate mousse, caramel chocolate cremeux, cherry smoke and white chocolate ice cream stealing the show. The carrot cake ice-cream popsicle with sponge, candied pecan nut, cream-cheese icing and white chocolate is also a signature dessert.
The small restaurant boasts many special dishes and excellent value for money. While there are fine dining menu options for a more extravagant dining experience, the restaurant humbles itself with its range of pastas, pizzas, wraps, tacos and curries. Vegetarians are also welcome with several mouth-watering dishes to choose from. All pastas can be substituted with quinoa, and vegan pasta is also available on request. The extra special vegan rose water ice cream is also a stunning choice for dessert.
All meals are prepared fresh on site. Muse is definitely a must-visit when you’re in Port Elizabeth.
The small wine list offers a curated selection of red and white wines and blends, featuring local wine farms from the Cape. Muse specialty cocktails, spirits, beers, liqueurs and don pedros are also on the menu. Non-alcoholic drinks can be ordered, with a wide range of coffees and cold drinks to choose from. Delicious gourmet milkshakes also come highly recommended, with the toasted marshmallow milkshake screaming for attention.
Muse boasts excellent service, with the friendly waiters clued up and well informed on the menu and wine list items. Cheerful waiters also offer recommendations and personal insight on the menu. The excellent service includes the whole experience, from making a booking on the telephone to paying the bill, with cashless options available too. Chef Alan makes it his mission to come around to the table and ask guests what they thought of the food.
The restaurant lends itself to a more mature crowd of foodies. A relaxed semi-casual environment welcomes guests with light indie music playing in the background, allowing for conversations to flow. Unfortunately, the décor emulates that of a coffee shop rather than a formal dining establishment, with plastic chairs and wooden tables filling the space.
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