[Review] Museo - A Contemporary Fusion Dining Experience
How romantic it can be to dine with your date with such a view? Yes, you can. Museo (pronounced as Moo-Zay-O), which means museum in Italian, brings to mind fine exhibits by world-renowned art masters, all displayed in an elegant & refined setting. Incorporating its unique take to the term, Museo has translated the concept into gastronomic treats exquisitely presented with a contemporary twist. Every single detail of its offerings, as well as interiors atmosphere, down to its lighting, wall displays & musics, are crafted with deliberate care to reflect a fine taste in food & art which all art enthusiasts would appreciate.
Let's take a walk to the restaurant for a closer look.
Dine with a view
向云, Media Corp's artist, was there when we went that evening
Open concept kitchen
We were invited for food tasting by Museo. It is a very refreshing dining concept: Dine-In-A-Cup. It is certainly a hit among the young, trendy & sophisticated, who craved intimacy & convenience even when dining more formally.
Chef Yip is the sole genius mastermind behind the conceptualisation of Museo's elaborate food menu. He has more than 10 years of culinary experience in fusion food. Some of his signature recommendations are Pan Roast Cod Fillet, Two Way Lamb, Salmon & Red Pesto Spaghetti, just to name a few. We tried a few of these.
I am a salad person. I must have my green.
Parma ham is thinly-sliced uncooked dry-cured ham. Because of the way Parma ham is processed, the texture & flavour are very pleasant. Parma ham generally goes well with salad as it does not give the salad an overwhelming taste. The accompanied green is crisp & fresh though it will be good if they are cut into smaller pieces to make dishing out easier as it is served in a cup.
The next salad we tried was this. It is a must try if you like seafood & green. The saltiness of the smoked salmon is just nice & it blends in very well with the fine asparagus that were wrapped inside. I can easily order another one but I chose not to as I have to keep my stomach for other food.
The soup came still steaming hot & we simply love the double-layered glass cup as it has the thermal pot effect, keeping the soup warm for a long while. This soup is best drunk while it is warm. The roasted bacon added made the creamy vegetable soup savoury.
We got to know that Museo named its Mezzanine range after some of the most eminent & celebrated art pieces in the world. Museo offers its diners free rein in customising their own unique Mezzanine set by choosing 4 of the 12 Mezzanines available for just $39. You may also choose its Signature consisting of Joys of Life (smoke roasted port-belly served with hot sauce), Smile of Mona Lisa (deep fried camembert cheese served with cranberry sauce), Matisse's God (deep fried silver fish served with hot sauce) & 3 Musicians (soft shell chilli crab served with sweet & savoury tomato-chilli sauce) at $38
We had Joys of Life, 3 Musicians, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island (chicken satay served with cucumbers & pineapple sauce) & Flaming June (salmon curry with lady fingers).
Joys of Life has lived up to its name. The fatty meat was well roasted, not oily, yet tasty. I could not stop munching on it. It was the first cup, out of the 4, to go empty.
3 Musicians were nice too. The soft shell crabs were deep fried to give it a crispy bite.
The chicken meat of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island was very tender. There was no fatty parts, & it was easy to bite & chew on. The sauce pineapple peanut sauce brought back memories of older days when we ate satay with peanut sauce having real pineapple in it. I like the pineapple crunch in the peanut sauce. It is difficult to find such sauce these days. I am glad that Museo serves that.
The Flaming June reminded me of my mom's fish curry except she used other type of fish & this one was not as spicy as hers.
The Mezzanine set can be a nice meal for 2, coupled with some starters & cocktails if you are not a big eater.
The shepherd pie was served in a small cup. Interesting. The portion was just nice for one person. The lamb was lovely done, so tender & juicy.
I must have my fish whether it is for lunch, dinner or both. So we had Pan Roasted Cod Fillet. But in this dish, I would say the scallop is the star. How lovely if it is more than just 1 :).
For those into seafood, River Prawns & Linguine will not disappoint you. The baked cheese prawns sliced into halves were fresh & sweet. The linguine was nicely cooked with the texture just nice for a good chew.
If you like green tea & egg custard, you will like this. Yes, I like it very much. It is not too sweet & the brittle caramel topping gave the soft custard a nice crispy bite each spoon you put into your mouth.
This is Museo's signature dessert, not without reason. Chocolate lovers will love the warm gooey chocolate that oozed out of the rich chocolate cake. Please note that sharing is not recommended, you should have the cake all by yourself!
It was a shame that we have only tasted 1 of their 30 cocktails because it was getting really late & that we had to leave. I order the Alexis, which is something citrus & refreshing. I should have ordered this before the starter, it is certainly very appetising.
We love Museo for the ambience, warm service, unique dining experience & great drinks! It is certainly a great place to hangout with friends or have a nice meal with your date.
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* We were invited for food tasting by Museo. All opinions & text are my own.