Cafe Chat: Muse's new look
Muse's success continues
Muse has been open for a month at its new Victoria St premises, and the bigger space and expanded menu has been a hit with long-term fans as well as new diners. The grand opening was delayed by a month, pending its liquor licence.
The new space, which is twice as big as Muse's former premises on Allen St, is serving lunch for the first time in addition to dinner. We've heard the pappardelle and the grilled haloumi salad have proven particularly popular with hungry professionals keen on a quick lunch before returning to the daily grind.
The menu, which can be viewed on Muse's revamped website that went live last week, has a range of reasonably priced small plates as well as larger dishes, meaning the restaurant's as appropriate for a casual meal as it is for a special occasion. On Thursdays, Muse puts on a $15 lunch - booking is essential.
Owner and director Samuel North says Friday nights have been particularly packed, with up to 300 guests coming through. The mezzanine dining area upstairs has also been getting a workout, with canape functions attended by 60-odd guests in addition those downstairs.
North says plans for a breakfast service haven't been abandoned - he's thinking about the menu already.
"We're going to be doing some pretty cool stuff, too," he says.
"Not like your normal pancakes and mixed berries."
All going to plan, the menu will be launched around August/September.
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The menu features dishes appropriate for the cooler weather of a looming winter - Bosley's favourite season to be in the kitchen.
"The cooking is slow, flavours are soft and warm, and servings are generous," he says.
Grilled chicken, freekeh, and goats cheese salad, spiced lamb ribs, a venison burger, and brioche pudding are among the comforting fare on offer.
Carrello del Gelato fundraising for Welly kids
Coffees are going cheap for a good cause at Carrello del Gelato this month.
Head to the store with the tomato-red facade on Oriental Bay and pay only $2 for your choice of brew during May. The proceeds will be donated to Wellington Children's Hospital.
Carrello's first concept store, which opened in December, also serves award-winning gluten-free gelato, dairy-free sorbetto and pizza. It's open Monday - Friday from 8am – 8pm, and on weekends from 9am – 8pm.
Mother's Day treats
The capital's restaurants will be helping Wellingtonians make a fuss of their mums on Sunday. St Johns Bar & Restaurant is putting on a Mother's Day breakfast, CQ Bar and Restaurant and Amora Hotel are serving up Mother's Day lunches, Whitby's Restaurant and Bar and Peppers in Parehua are putting on high teas, and Hillside Kitchen & Cellar is going all out with a five-course menu and a glass of bubbles for $70 a head. For something a bit different, sign up to the chocolate-making course hosted by Le Cordon Bleu, or learn how to blend your own tea at a workshop at Sally Eagle Bridal Store. Both events are at premises on Cuba St; both are on Sunday. See the Eventfinda website for further details.
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