Amuse Restaurant

Amuse Restaurant

A fine-dining restaurant in a top 10 fine arts museum sets the bar high. So we set our expectations even higher. Make a reservation or call 804.340.1580.
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Taking our cue from our unique and inspiring environment (with views into both our Sculpture Garden and the Atrium), we create masterpieces that tickle your sense of aesthetics, along with your taste buds. Amuse is a fun place to dine and hang out with your friends (our bar is one of Richmond’s worst-kept secrets), but we take our food and drink seriously.

 

Chef Greg Haley creates his dishes using only the best of what’s in season, with a focus on local ingredients. And just like the works of art in the museum and on the walls of Amuse, we introduce new masterpiece dishes and cocktails on a regular basis. We also offer a varied choice of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Come on in!


Starters

Hot and Sour Soup | 6
pork| tofu| egg

Kabocha Squash Soup | 6
five spice| black vinegar reduction

Local Greens Salad | 9
lotus root| cucumber |red onion |
sweet & sour vinaigrette

Fried Quail| 11
Szechuan orange marmalade| lime salt

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard | garlic aioli | ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
red chili paste| coconut| lime

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies

Entrées

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | 16
turnip puree| forbidden black rice| snow peas| apple gastrique

Egg Foo Young | 15
shrimp &  pork belly| peas| carrots| bean sprouts| soy gravy| burnt miso aioli

Sesame Beef | 16
baby potatoes| broccoli| lotus root chips

Mapo Tofu | 14
mushrooms| scallion| jasmine rice| black bean sauce

Market Fish | 17
sweet & spicy fried eggplant| mizuna| cilantro

Spicy Seafood Stew | 16
shrimp| scallop| fish cake| golden frills mustard| cellophane noodles

Duck & Pork Meatballs | 17
leeks| bell peppers| bamboo shoots| black garlic broth

Roasted Chicken Breast | 14
curried cauliflower| grilled escarole| carrot broth |fresh mint

 

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

Sample menu. Dinner menu changes weekly to reflect seasonal offerings.

Starters

Hot and Sour Soup| 6
pork| tofu| egg

Kabocha Squash Soup| 6
five spice| black vinegar reduction

Local Greens Salad | 9
lotus root| cucumber |red onion | sweet & sour vinaigrette

Fried Quail | 11
Szechuan orange marmalade| lime salt

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard | garlic aioli | ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
red chile paste| coconut| lime

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies

Entrées

Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes | 26
turnip puree| forbidden black rice| snow peas| apple gastrique

Duck & Pork Meatballs | 27
leeks| bell peppers| bamboo shoots| black garlic broth

Sesame Beef | 25
baby potatoes| broccoli| lotus root chips

Mapo Tofu | 20
mushrooms| scallion| jasmine rice | black bean sauce

Market Fish | 27
sweet & spicy tempura eggplant| mizuna| cilantro

Spicy Seafood Stew | 26
shrimp| scallop| fish ball| golden frills mustard| cellophane noodles

Pan Roasted Monkfish | 28
house bacon| Brussels sprouts| water chestnuts| ginger sauce

Roasted Chicken| 24
curried cauliflower| grilled escarole| carrot broth |fresh mint

 

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

 

Starters

Hot and Sour Soup| 6
pork| tofu| egg

Kabocha Squash Soup| 6
five spice| black vinegar reduction

Local Greens Salad | 9
lotus root| cucumber |red onion | sweet & sour vinaigrette

Fried Quail | 11
Szechuan orange marmalade| lime salt

Biscuits du Jour | 6

House Fries | 6
spicy mustard| garlic aioli | ketchup

Cheese Plate | 12
fruit | honey | cracker bread

Mussels | 9
red chile paste| coconut| lime

Curry Fried Oysters | 10
cucumber mint raita | pickled veggies | micro cilantro

Entrées

Quiche | 12
broccoli| brie| pine nuts| herb salad

Corned Beef Hash* | 15
poached eggs| biscuits| hollandaise

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake | 16
turnip puree| forbidden black rice| snow peas| apple gastrique

Duck & Pork Meatballs* | 16
leeks| bell peppers| bamboo shoots| black garlic broth| poached egg

Egg Foo Young | 15
shrimp & pork belly| peas| carrots| bean sprouts| soy gravy| burnt miso aioli

Deep Fried French Toast | 13
house bacon| goat cheese| cherry syrup

Jianbing | 14
Chinese crepe| mushroom| egg| scallion| hoisin| sriracha| fried wonton

The Burger | 16
bacon| pimento cheese| bibb lettuce| fries

 

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked foods increases your risk of food borne illnesses.

Several menu items can be modified to accommodate a gluten-free or vegan/vegetarian diet. Please inform your server of any dietary restrictions & we will be pleased to make recommendations.

Cocktail Selection

Cocktails Inspired by Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style

Ritz Spritz ∙ 7
Campari ∙ Red Wine ∙ Crème de Cassis ∙ lemon

Le Smoking ∙ 17
Johnnie Walker Black Scotch ∙ Dolin Dry ∙ Chartreuse ∙ Ardbeg Scotch

Belle Du Jour ∙ 13
Bison Grass Vodka ∙ Dolin Dry ∙ Lemoncello ∙ lavender eggwhite foam

Rock The Casbah ∙ 14
Peach Brandy ∙ Strega ∙ lime ∙ tangerine ∙ “opium” bitters ∙ black poppy

All About Yves ∙ 7
Bacardi Rum ∙ rose syrup ∙ lime ∙ fresh mint

Sahara Sunset ∙ 11
Belle Isle Moonshine ∙ Mezcal ∙ guava shrub ∙ lime

Jet Set Sour ∙ 10
Rittenhouse Rye ∙ bergamot syrup ∙ lemon ∙ red port

Fancy Pants ∙ 13
Citadelle Gin ∙ Lillet ∙ tonic ∙ lemon ∙ magic ice

Rich Hippie ∙ 10
Espolón Tequila ∙ muddled grapefruit ∙ thyme ∙ Perrier


Sparkling Cocktails ∙ $9

Amethyst
Parfait Amour ∙ Cocchi Americano

Sapphire
Citadelle Gin ∙ Blue Curaçao

Coral
Espolón Tequila ∙ guava shrub ∙ lime

Onyx
Black Sambuca ∙ Dolin Blanc

Ruby
Campari ∙ Dolin Dry


Soda du Jour ∙ 5
Spiked Soda du Jour ∙ 9

Ask your server for today’s selections


Craft Beers | 12oz bottles & cans

Falcon Smash ∙ 7
American IPA ∙ Triple Crossing Brewing ∙ Richmond, VA

Premium Dry  ∙ 5
Hard Cider ∙ Bold Rock Cidery ∙ Charlottesville, VA

Uberlin ∙ 5
Berliner Weisse ∙ Strangeways Brewing ∙ Richmond, VA

Brooklyn Brown Ale ∙ 5
Brooklyn Brewery ∙ Brooklyn, NY

California Kölsch 
∙ 5
German Pale Ale ∙ Ballast Point ∙ San Diego, CA

Kronenbourg 1664
 ∙ 5
Euro Style Pale Lager ∙ Kronenbourg Brewery ∙ Strasbourg, France


Wines by the Glass | 8oz carafes

NV Cristalino Cava ∙ Spain

NV Nicolas Feuillatte Brut ∙ France

NV Nicolas Feuillatte Rosé ∙ France

2013 VMFA Viognier by Michael Shaps ∙ Virginia

2014 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay ∙ California

2014 Patient Cottat Sauvignon Blanc ∙ France

2014 Lagaria Pinot Grigio ∙ Italy

2015 J. Mourat Rosé ∙ France

2011 Dirler Cadé Riesling ∙ Alsace

2014 Balleto Pinot Noir ∙ California

2014 Cane and Fable Cabernet ∙ Paso Robles

2014 Ramsay Merlot ∙ California

2014 VMFA Meritage by Michael Shaps ∙ Virginia

split ∙ 8

split ∙ 18

split ∙ 18

13 ∙ 39

13 ∙ 39

11 ∙ 33

11 ∙ 33

11 ∙ 33

12 ∙ 36

12 ∙ 36

13 ∙ 39

12 ∙ 36

13 ∙ 39


Daily Happy Hour Specials:

Saturday–Wednesday 2:30–4:30
Thursday & Friday from 2:30–6
$2 off Signature Cocktails, Craft Beer, & Champagne


 We proudly brew:

illy© Espresso (Regular or Decaf) single | 3.50 double | 4.50 Blanchard’s© “Dark as Dark” Regular Coffee | 3.50 Blanchard’s© “Swiss Water Brazillian” Decaf Coffee | 3.50 Café Latte or Cappuccino | 5 Iced Irish Coffee with Fresh Whipped Cream | 9

Aperitifs, Digestifs, Scotch & Spirits

Cocchi Americano Trinity Absinthe Cocchi Americano Rosa Cocchi Vermouth di Torino Pernod Byrrh Quinquina Lillet Blanc Cointreau Green Chartreuse Yellow Chartreuse Lemoncello Grand Marnier Fernet Branca Benedictine B&B Frangelico Bailey’s Kahlua Trinity Absinthe Grande Absente Pernod Strega Galliano Taylor Fladgate Port MacAllan 18 yr Oban 14 yr Balvenie 12 yr Glenfiddich 12 yr Kelt Cognac Couvoisier Disarrano Amaretto Chambord Crème Yvette Pimm’s No. 1

Vivreau Purified Water – Complimentary Unlimited Refills – Available in Sparkling by Request Please inform your server if you are a VMFA member to receive a 10% discount!

*These items may be served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked meat, poultry, seafood, shellfish & eggs may increase the risk of food borne related illness. A 20% gratuity may be added to parties of six or more. No separate checks for parties larger than ten.