WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT:
- For the endless cocktail menu
- To indulge in authentic pan-Asian food
- To enjoy good food but also have a boogie on the dance floor afterwards
- To sit amidst the restaurant's plush surroundings
Tucked down a Camden backstreet amongst a row of brightly painted restaurants sits Miusan, London’s new pan-Asian establishment. After a successful soft launch, myself and a handful of bloggers were kindly invited to sample the delights of Miusan’s Thai, Chinese and Malaysian menu.
Miusan, meaning temple in Cantonese, is the newest offering from Chris Singam of Cottons restaurants and is new to the Camden area, advertised as both a restaurant and nightclub. The décor, designed to resemble high-class opium dens found in 1940s New York, is dark, luxurious and slightly mysterious. Located upstairs, the restaurant has black walls and plush leather seating. At the back there is even a quiet cove complete with candles and a suspended Buddha, leaving no doubt as to the overall theme.
Starting things off with a taste of ‘The Orient’, we were served a sweet Hibiscus Bellini, complete with flowering hibiscus, whilst we perused the endless and slightly overwhelming menu. Luckily on this occasion, no choice was involved, and we were brought a selection of starters to taste. Crispy crab, Duck and Water Chestnut Spring Rolls and Duck Salad were among the starters served and the stand-out for me were the duck spring rolls, which had a light, crisp casing.
In between courses, a choice of signature cocktails were offered, including a neon blue Beijing Iced Tea and a Chandoo garnished with lime.
A variety of mains followed including Malaysian Beef Rendang, Mongolian Prawns and Crispy Squid. The beef rendang tasted truly authentic with tender beef dressed in a tangy, rich sauce. Another treat was the Mongolian prawns which were crispy, sticky and sweet served with an equally delicious spicy green bean salad.
To end the meal, an interesting array of deserts arrived which is a course I would normally forgo in most Asian restaurants. The Tapioca Pudding was delightfully moreish thanks to its silky caramel sauce and the Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding tasted as dense and rich as it looked.
Miusan is an ideal venue for those spontaneous evenings where there can always be the potential for more than just good food.
Dotty Dishes was a guest of Miusan.
Miusan, 6 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ.