Eat, drink, dance, repeat at Miusan, Camden

24 Feb 2017

Camden has always had a special place in my heart (yes, I was one of those annoying teenagers that skulked about with far too baggy jeans and a chain), so for a change, I knew exactly where I was going! It was a bleary Friday evening and I did the strangely familiar walk away from the bustling Camden High Street and Camden Town station onto Inverness Street – home to one of the tiniest markets in Camden, as well as a host of bars and restaurants such as its latest opening, Miusan.

The Pan-Asian restaurant serves a range of Chinese, Malaysian and Thai cuisine and is modeled on an opium den (style wise only, no opium was consumed during this review!) Spread over three floors, the venue offers the perfect place for eating, drinking and dancing. Upon entering you are dazzled with glitter balls juxtaposed with traditional Asian statues and softly burning incense. Walk up a few steps and you are able to dine in the glass ceiling-ed mezzanine level, which is ideal for a more intimate evening and would be perfect for date night. Then once you’ve lined your stomach alongside a cocktail or four, you can head downstairs to burn off the calories you’ve just eaten on the late night dancefloor!

We started our night off on the mezzanine with some Asian themed cocktails – think brightly coloured and fresh fruity flavours such as lychees and passion fruit. If you have a sweet tooth, I’d definitely recommend the Sweet Poison as the cherry jam and butterscotch liqueur hit all the right spots!

Already impressed by the cocktails, I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting to be overly wowed by the food (I’m not the biggest fan of Asian food – when I have to choose a takeaway, that is ALWAYS my last option!) so when I saw a lot of seafood starters on the menu (my favourite!) I knew it wouldn’t be so bad after all! We were torn between the soft shell crab and king prawn and squid tempura, although in the end we decided on the salt and chilli baked squid, which we couldn’t fault! The waitress also recommended the oat battered spiced chicken pieces – something I wouldn’t have normally chosen myself, as I tend to eat far too much poultry at home, but it really didn’t disappoint. Not only did the crispy oat clusters taste divine, they worked wonderfully together with some seriously sweet honey drizzled over them.

With an extensive menu, and two very indecisive diners, we decided to listen to the waitress’ advice and yet again she made an excellent choice for our mains. We devoured the Zhuhai pork belly with roasted garlic and the house speciality Miusan King Prawns with toasted sesame seeds alongside a small portion of egg fried rice and egg noodles. If, like me you are a fan of seafood, then the prawns are a must – delicately cooked and packed full of flavour!

Usually, I have a separate stomach for dessert, but by this point we realised that we had been yapping for ages, and as the music from the bar downstairs slowly got louder and louder, we found ourselves singing and dancing away in our seats so we opted instead for a liquid dessert going by the name of Papa Chiang – an alarming blue drink laced with vodka, blue curacao and coconut cream, before shimmying down to the basement to dance the night away!

If you’re looking for an all rounder – i.e. somewhere to eat good food, drink good cocktails and then get your groove on, Miusan is the place to go! With regular Happy Hours from Tuesday to Friday (5pm-7pm) on both food and drink, Miusan offers an affordable alternative in the heart of Camden Town.

Clare

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