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a·muse-bouche

 (ə-myo͞oz′bo͞osh′)
n. pl. a·muse-bouches (-bo͞osh′) or amuse-bouche
A complimentary, bite-sized portion of food served before a meal or between courses in a restaurant.

[French : amuse, third person present indicative of amuser, to amuse (from Old French, to cause to muse; see amuse) + bouche, mouth (from Latin bucca, cheek).]

amuse-bouche

(amyzbuʃ)
n
(Cookery) an appetizer before a meal
[from French amuser amuse, gratify + bouche mouth]

amuse-bouche

, amuse-guele - Amuse-bouche and amuse-guele both mean literally "something to please the mouth," and both refer to an appetizer or pre-meal tidbit.
See also related terms for please.
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Straightaway, we were surprised by the amuse bouche that goes to all diners - a tiny, silky smooth pumpkin soup with herby undertones that made for a very festive start.
The elegant dinner started with four kinds of amuse bouche, which each one having a touch of chocolate-baby beets, chicken choux, cocoa-dusted toast and goat cheese 'cheesecake.
50 per child (under 3) You will get an amuse bouche to start here, followed by a choice of starters.
The dish was nothing short of an amuse bouche (palate teaser) as the French say.
Interspersed with stunning amuse bouche of beetroot espuma, one of the most visually and deliciously satisfying I've ever tasted, and complimentary laverbread bread, we came away more than satisfied with our Beach House lunch.
We began our two-course dinner with cocktails on the terrace before heading indoors for amuse bouche.
The chef enters and announces the first course, an amuse bouche inspired by the season's harvest.
First up was a lovely little amuse bouche, described as an Indian street snack on the menu and described by me as delicious.
It was pleasantly dry without being too bone dry and went well with an amuse bouche of raw smoked salmon wrapped like candy in cellophane; spiced, dehydrated, crispy apple chips, jamon serrano on tree branches; skewered gels of tart citrus, all arranged in a dish garden setting on real moss.
Where else can you eat a three-course dinner with amuse bouche, coffee and petit fours for less than PS17 a head?
In addition, those choosing to dine at Scalini's on Christmas Day itself will be offered a menu which combines traditional British festive fare with starters such as pan-seared scallops with lobster bisque and a fresh fruit sorbet amuse bouche.
You might have heard this referred to as an amuse bouche - simply meaning to amuse the mouth.