When you think of the Hunter Valley the first thing that jumps to mind is no doubt cellar doors, Semillon, cheese and the potential to get rather tipsy. At least that is what I usually associate with the Hunter. I’ve been there countless times and it’s always been about the wine. That was until my most recent visit when I discovered Muse Restaurant & Café.
Located within the grounds of Hungerford Hill, a family owned and operated Hunter Valley winery Muse offers a restaurant and café. Don’t let the word café be misleading, we’re not talking tuck-shop food with boring focaccia sandwhiches and mass-produced muffins.
When Mr CC and I arrived it was a warm, sunny day without a cloud in site. We were led outside by our waitress and seated at a crisp white linen covered table under an umbrella that faced out on to rolling green hills. The view was fantastic as was the service. The staff were refined and polished with the warmth and down-to-earth nature you’d expect from a country town.
Muse is owned and run by husband and wife duo Troy (Head Chef) and Megan Rhoades-Brown. Troy’s food philosophy is about applying simple cooking methods to top produce, sourcing locally where possible.
Everything is prepared in house including the warm organic ciabatta that’s served with confit garlic, olive oil, balsamic and sea salt. People often skip the bread so they have more room for mains. Don’t skip the bread at Muse, it’s a highlight in its own right.
For entrees you MUST order the scallops, they were the highlight of my meal and I’m still thinking about them many weeks later.
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I cannot recommend Muse more highly for people visiting the Hunter Valley, this café is a must try. I look forward to visiting next time I am in the region so I can try their breakfast and the restaurant.
Muse Restaurant & Cafe1/1 Broke Road Pokolbin NSW 2320 (02) 4998 6777 www.musedining.com.au/