Muselet, the upscale, wine-focused restaurant in the Ardea building, is now open for dinner. The light-filled space is lined with windows that overlook the the MAX line. The decor is centered on a dark neutral backdrop with pops of bold reds and purples.
Owner Ron Acierto has worked as general manager and wine steward at several upscale restaurants including Bluehour, Lucier, Departure, and Jory at Newberg's The Allison Inn. With his background, it's no wonder Muselet (named after the cage that encases a Champagne cork) has a strong wine focus. Chef Greg Zanotti, who has been serving as Justin Woodward's right-hand-man at Castagna for the past 18 months, focuses the menu on French-inspired seasonal dishes made with local ingredients, things like rilletes with wild violet mustard; spot prawns with hen of the woods mushrooms and douglas fir; and wagyu culotte steaks with mustard greens, pine cream, cauliflower and hazelnuts.
You can check out more details and the opening menus here.
Muselet, 3730 SW Bond Ave., Portland. Opening hours: Tuesday through Saturday 4 p.m. until close.