After The Muse Cafe closed inside the Wichita Art Museum, it was announced a new culinary concept would launch in 2023 in partnership with Elderslie Farm. Introducing 1400 By Elderslie, which is led by Chef Katharine Elder, who is the Culinary Creative Director and Owner of Elderslie Farm.
The restaurant opens to the public on Thursday, March 9, but we dropped in to get an early sneak peek at what to expect. In case you’re wondering, this wasn’t a private soft opening event where everything was free. We paid for our meals and tipped accordingly.
1400 W Museum Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203
Wednesday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Open until 9pm on Friday
Closed Monday – Tuesday
1400 By Elderslie is a 60-seat restaurant located on the second level of the Wichita Art Museum. The renovated space, which sits on the east side of the building, features floor-to-ceiling windows with a view overlooking the Art Garden and the Arkansas River.
And in case you didn’t get the connection, the name 1400 By Elderslie comes from the museum’s physical address of 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
I popped in over lunch and wanted to try a bit of everything, but knew I couldn’t handle that much food. So, I ordered two items:
- Croque Madame. I could have gone with the Croque Monsieur, but an egg makes everything better
- Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
Wow. That was my first impression after the very first bite of each dish.
Let me start by saying the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes were the best pancakes I’ve ever had in Wichita. Every single bite had a light lemon zest to give it a refreshing kick. The pancake was light, yet firm, and didn’t give you that bloating feeling when you were done. I’m telling you, the flavor was so exhilarating, and definitely not as sweet as I thought it would be. In my twelve years of blogging, I can’t recall a pancake being that memorable.
As for the Croque Madame, this was an excellent dish as well. Especially for someone wanting a little more on the savory side. Everything in this dish complimented each other well, the house sourdough, ham, sage bechamel, Gouda, chives, and the egg. Both dishes were light in size, but huge on flavor.
What the team at 1400 By Elderslie did really blew me away. I was never overly impressed with The Muse Cafe. It lacked that wow factor that kept me from coming back. I look forward to returning.
Here’s the menu:
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