Hello, g'day and 你好! Welcome to Muse. What's your story?
Hello, g'day and 你好! Welcome to Muse. What's your story?
Muse is a unique new venture in Canberra's burgeoning hospitality and cultural scene – a space where good food, great wine and the magic of the written word come together in exciting and unprecedented ways. Nestled between Kingston and Manuka in the stylish East Hotel, on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle, Muse is a meeting place for those who enjoy a grenache with their Grenville, and their Winton with a good washed rind.
We serve food from dawn until late into the night, and our carefully curated selection of new and second hand books is on sale throughout the day and night. We host a busy calendar of events featuring some of Australia's top writers, thinkers, politicians, artists and winemakers.
Award-winning architect Anthony Gill has designed a space that takes its cues from Canberra's modernist heritage. Contemporary yet warm and inviting, Muse is an inspired venue for conversation, ideas and indulgence, both literary and epicurean.
So that's our story. What's yours?
Relaxed but sophisticated, dining at Muse is an experience to be savoured.
Weekdays begin with a typical Australian café-style breakfast, where classics sit alongside more contemporary fare. Start the day with fresh juice, croissants, pastries and jams washed down with a fruit smoothie or a locally-roasted Red Brick Espresso coffee prepared by our qualified barista.
At lunch the emphasis is on the vegetable kingdom, with a menu that changes daily depending on what's at its seasonal best. Create your meal from our selection of mains and our kaleidoscopic display of salads and side dishes.
Evenings at Muse are a grazing affair: intriguing bar plates, local olives, charcuterie and generous wedges of handmade Australian cheese. We also offer a daily changing smaller menu of individual meals for solo travellers or those after something a little more substantial. The kitchen is open until we close so drop in for a late night snack, dessert, or supper after the show.
Weekends (and public holidays) are given over to a sumptuous brunch menu with seafood at the fore – oysters and caviar, smoked salmon and crab cakes, and all matched with the finest Australian sparkling wine.
We understand the requirements of 21st century diets and will do all we can to cater to carnivores, vegetarians, pescetarians and everything in between. And we most certainly haven't forgotten about those with a sweet tooth: cakes and pastries are available all day, as well as a generous complement of desserts.
As well as the daily changes to our lunch menu, our morning and evening offerings are constantly evolving to incorporate the freshest and most exciting produce we can get our hands on. Follow the links below to get an idea of what's on offer, but prepare to be pleasantly surprised when you visit!
Please note: The weekend lunch menu will be slightly different each weekend. The example provided is for reference only.
After stints in Canada and the Central Coast, Sam was most recently Head Chef at Newcastle's iconic seafood restaurant Scratchley's on the Wharf. He brings to Muse a wealth of expertise and a nose for sourcing the best seasonal produce from the capital region and beyond.
From Margaret River to the Mornington Peninsula via Mudgee and McLaren Vale, we've travelled across Australia speaking to winemakers and vignerons to source what we think are some of the most exciting wines this country has to offer.
It doesn't matter what the grape is but it has to be grown and bottled in Australia to make it onto our list! Our focus is on small and independent producers with a brief that runs the gamut from classic labels steeped in history, to the latest in natural winemaking and emerging wine regions. As well as an eclectic selection of wines by the glass, we offer regularly changing wine flights showcasing the distinctive qualities of particular varietals or regions.
Each month we showcase a different grape varietal or a region, presenting a 'flight' of wines – three half pours of three different wines. In January we're pouring three very different rieslings from some of Australia's cooler climate regions. Our featured wines are the 2015 Helm "Half Dry" Riesling (Canberra District), the 2015 Express Winemakers "Frankland" Wild Fermented Riesling (Great Southern, WA) and the 2013 Moorilla Estate "Muse" Riesling (Tasmania).
And for those who want to learn just a little bit more about wine and those who make it, we'll be hosting a range of events including tastings, workshops and dinners that will provide an opportunity to meet some of Australia's most exciting wine industry professionals.
But it's not just about wine. We also believe in showing what Australian distillers and brewers can produce, so our beer and spirit list is also 100% Australian. We believe that we are one of only four venues in the whole country to feature an all-Australian list like ours. You don't need to leave Canberra to explore what this wide brown land has to offer because we've done it for you!
The bookshop hosts an active program of events including book launches, author talks and 'in conversation' events with journalists, politicians, musicians, artists, chefs, winemakers and anyone else we think you might be interested in hearing from. We want Muse to be a crucible for discussion and debate - a place where people come to be stimulated, challenged and inspired.
If you have an idea for an event, get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!
Imagine walls lined with solid American oak bookshelves suspended on thin brass filaments, vintage Afghan kilim rugs on the floor and soft lighting from a couple of slender standard lamps. Now add the low hum of conversation from the café and a glass of something red and seductive in your hand and you have an idea of what the bookshop at Muse is like.
We've put together a carefully considered selection of new and quality second hand titles that includes everything from the latest releases to long out of print classics. Perched as we are on the edge of the Parliamentary Triangle there's a focus on politics and current affairs, but you'll also find strong showings of books on food and wine, performing arts and foreign affairs, as well as the best literary fiction from Australia and around the world.
Whatever you're interested in, browsing for books at Muse will always turn up something unexpected.