To celebrate Chinese New Year, we thought we'd try out a newly opened restaraunt in Sloane Street - a restaraunt claiming to blend Japanese and French cuisine. Sounds interesting, right?
In order to test the theory, off we went to...
Mju is located in the Millennium Hotel in Sloane Street, nestled amid the boutiques of the world's couture houses
Seeing as there were only two of us drinking, we decided on a single bottle - this Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough reigon in New Zealand's South Island turned out to be a perfect match for the seafood portions of the menu, and surprisingly not too bad a partner for the duck which made an appearance later on.
First up was the amuse bouche - a seasoned salmon salad with shallots, seasame seeds, mirin, and a hint of vinegar. Quite similar to the Chinese 'ye sang' eaten during the New Year
Next was a combination of sugar cured salmon with mango and fresh shiitake mushroom salad (this would be my pick of the night), marinated and grilled red mullet on a 'blank' california roll (center), and miso soup with fried tofu.
Tastebuds tickled, we moved on to to a massive but surprisingly very, very tender scallop - seared and cooked in roast cauliflower puree, hazelnuts, and possibly with a hint of vinegar.
The next course - the duck - I found hard to quantify. It was teriyaki roast duck with Chinese vegetables (hidden under the duck, including choy sum, ginger, spring onions and waterchestnuts) - but was prepared in a distinctly French style, right down to the rareness of the meat. In any case, it worked a treat
A very light and flavourful peach sorbet with assorted cured berries was then deemed necessary by the chef to refresh us - and it served its purpose admirably...
...to prepare us for the second of the the deserts, a very rich buttermilk pannacotta, interestingly accompanied by a peach and white chocolate spring roll.
Just when we thought the meal had come to an end, a tray of petit fours was whipped out - chocolate mouse and raspberry, plus incredible dark chocolate truffles which just melted in the mouth.
We got a goodnight kiss too. In creamy smooth dark chocolate.
In conclusion, the food was truly excellent, and did a surprisingly good job at actually blending French and Japanese cooking styles to produce something quite unique indeed. Unfortunately the experience was marred slightly with service that was a bit off the ball. Definitely worth a visit either if they get a bit more training, or you don't mind being left to your own devices...