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March 13, 2020

Muss Bar and Kitchen opened on Musselburgh High Street last week after a reported £305,000 investment from a partnership between Star Pubs & Bars and the business operator Anna Brudnowska.

Anna also runs Arcade Bar on Edinburgh's Cockburn Street.

As well as a brunch menu and a bar snack menu, Muss' operates an all-day main menu.

In addition to a veggie and full cooked Scottish breakfast, the brunch menu goes big on eggs.

Among other options are eggs royale, eggs Benedictine and shakshouka, the Middle Eastern dish which combines baked eggs, chorizo, red peppers and feta.

Appealing menu

The main menu underlines the fact that it can be very hard to tell a bar menu from a bistro menu in many cases.

At Muss, the starters include Jerusalem artichoke velouté with Blue Murder cheese, truffle oil and hazelnut plus wild mushroom ravioli with cep powder and sage butter.

The main courses include a chicken ballotine with pommes purées, heritage carrots and a spinach emulsion. Simpler options include the beef ragu pie and a dish of venison and game sausages with horseradish mash and a burnt onion gravy.

Veggie options include a lemon courgette risotto and a haloumi, carrot and mint falafel burger.

The old days of a bar menu featuring a pie and chips or deep frozen fish 'n' chips seem very distant.

Landscaped beer garden

The extensive drinks list at Muss includes a good selection of beers, wines, spirits and softies - including no-alcohol beers - plus a wide range of black, green and white teas.

If you fancy a cup of snow buds xue ya, you know where to go.

And we've not even mentioned the cocktails.

At this stage of the game, your scribbler has no info on the beer garden but earlier reports mentioned a 'beautifully landscaped garden' with seating for 70, an outdoor bar and festoon lighting'.

Roll on summer.

Muss Bar sits in the premises which previously house Habaneros Mexican. The main pic is from Muss Bar and Kitchen Facebook.

We wish them every success!