How’s the Serenity? Checking out Muse Canberra
by The Editor
While we really can’t imagine Darrel Kerrigan sitting back with a copy of Greg Sheridan’s biography, Muse Canberra may just be the bookstore-cum-restaurant that we’ve been looking for.
So, what is it?
It’s the sense of mood that is most striking when you first enter the simple space. A combination of concrete floors and simple pine bookshelves creates the library with a range of compelling and thoughtful titles that are a long way from airport reading. It’s filling a gap that has existed in Kingston for ages – especially given its high proportion of politically and socially active residents.
Moving through Muse it becomes clear it isn’t setting out to dazzle you with the fit-out such as its immediate neighbour, Joe’s Bar. Rather this is a venue that, like a good book, is so much more than its cover. Stepping up from the multi-functional space that occupies the majority of the lower part of the split-level venue delivers you to the restaurant. On offer here is the most chilled and relaxing dining experience we’ve come across in this city.
A trim wine list offers a serious number of adventures – even for those looking just to try something ‘by the glass’. One nice little touch is the red and white mystery wines ($12.00 and $14.00 per glass respectively). If you’re not a great decision-maker, it’s a great way to put yourself in their hands, or perhaps test your chops to see if you can pick the varietal that lands in your glass.
The food menu is built for snacking, but can be built into a great lunch or dinner for groups keen to indulge in a multitude of flavours and tastes. Rillettes, paté, cheeses and charcuterie are the perfect background to a cracking glass of wine and a good book. With everything coming in under $20.00 it’s also great value.
The finish of the cool and sophisticated package, we were really impressed by the playlist. There were plenty of old school funk, soul and jazz vibes set at the perfect tempo to keep the mood relaxed and interesting.
All in all, this is an intriguing start. How the story of Muse Canberra actually unfolds is anyone’s guess, however what we saw was a compelling first page that makes us want to see what happens next.
Cnr Giles St and Canberra Ave
Kingston ACT 2602
Monday to Thursday 6.30am — 10.00pm
Friday 6.30am — midnight
Saturday 7.00am — midnight
Sunday 7.00am — 6.00pm