An award-winning European-inspired casual dining experience in the Hunter Valley
Located at the picturesque Pokolbin-based courtyard, Keith Tulloch Wines on Hermitage Road in the Hunter Valley, Muse Kitchen has been serving the local food and wine community and intrigued visitors since its inception in 2012.
Brought to us by Megan Rhoades-Brown, the idea behind Muse Kitchen was to create a more casual dining experience for its guests
Pull up into Keith Tulloch Wines courtyard and you’re instantly transported to a grand Hamptons-styled estate. Step inside Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley and you’re greeted into the warm, welcoming, and inviting interior, just like you’ve been invited into a friend’s beautiful country home.
The kitchen is headed by Chef Josh Gregory, his passion for local ingredients and an ever-evolving menu will continue to showcase the very best produce of each season.
Josh, having originally starting his kitchen career with his chef apprenticeship at Muse Restaurant, Josh then went on to join the opening team for Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley before heading off overseas after winning the Brett Graham Scholarship in 2012.
“I spent quite a bit of time overseas, then I came back to running restaurants in the Southern Highlands before coming back to the Hunter Valley and being presented with a great opportunity here at Muse Kitchen. It’s really brought me full circle.
“Working in the Muse team as an apprentice with Megan made me who I am now so to come back and complete that circle was really important and super special for me. And to see how far the place has grown and developed but also to see that it’s still the exact same core principles as it was when we opened,” Josh said.
The produce-driven, ever-evolving a la carte menu features three courses for a fixed price, each course offers dishes focussing on finding beauty in simplicity. Reflecting the seasons, championing the Hunter Valley, and with a touch of European Flair, the Muse Kitchen dining experience is unlike any other in the region.
“It’s definitely a more structured dining experience across three-course that can last anywhere from two to three hours,” Megan said.
Having dropped by for a visit just a short few weeks ago, we tested some of the current menu items and can say, without a doubt, Muse Kitchen Hunter Valley knows how to do food, and do it well.
The European-style menu draws inspiration from the produce and talent sourced around the Hunter Valley. The sophisticated, yet simplistic menu features dishes including the Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi served with avocado, furkake, and dragon sauce; and the Jersey Milk Haloumi with spiced chickpeas, harissa, and zhoug.
Moving into mains, we sampled the Corn Fed Chicken with courgettes, vin jaune, and caviar; and for dessert, we couldn’t go past the Baked Alaska Key Lime Pie.
This particular dining institution has built a grand reputation in the dining scene in the Hunter Region, having received One Chef Hat in the Good Food Guide every year since 2013, and Chef Josh Gregory has been a finalist in the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year awards in 2015, 2016, and 2018.
The wine list focusses on the Keith Tulloch Wines range of whites and reds with a sprinkling of other Hunter Valley brands and international varieties. Muse Kitchen’s experienced staff are more than happy to assist in selecting the wine that will best compliment your dish.
Following your dining experience, make sure to drop in and experience the rest of the grand offerings available on-site including Cocoa Nib Artisan Chocolates and of course, the Keith Tulloch Winery.
Known for its relaxed atmosphere and high-quality dining experience, Muse Kitchen in the Hunter Valley will continue to be a very popular dining destination for years to come.