Oh, the joy of moules et frites! Mussels paired with fries are such a luscious snack! Plus beer! We caved in to temptation and joined the crowd at Brussels Sprouts even though we had dinner at Ichiban-Tei.
This is yet another eatery by celebrity "Chef in Black" Emmanuel Stroobant. He's Belgian, so the food here goes back to his childhood roots. This casual but chic bar and bistro is themed in yellow and black, with an energetic vibe. Staff are prompt and attentive.
You can have your mussels done in 18 different styles (including Asian flavours like curry and tom yum). I chose the Vin Blanc (white wine). Since we already had dinner, we ordered just a starter portion of mussels - $18 for 300g, but you can also have 700g for $38 as a main.
These Norwegian mussels are not your large, meaty green lip types but they were succulent and sweet nonetheless. Fresh and very clean, not a bit of dirt in any of them. I dug in with relish, using my hands. The correct way to eat them is to use the empty shells as pincers. But I think it's easier to use one half-shell as eating utensil. Scrape the mussel off the shell with it, scoop up some of the delicious stock and enjoy!
Free-flow fries come with the mussels. These are thick planks hand-cut and seasoned lightly with salt. The thinner ones were fried crisp on the outside but thicker ones ended up a bit soggy. Served with homemade mayonnaise but I preferred to dunk them in the mussels broth. Yummy! Unfortunately we were too full to go for seconds.
Hubby found his beer heaven here - 70 different varieties of Belgian beer! He wasn't going to go for the happy hour commercial brews, he was going to have the more exotic stuff. This Biere du Boucanier delighted him. Belgian beers are quite often fruity, and this was not an exception.
Mmmh, I'm quite a late-comer to this joint but I know we'll be back.
80 Mohamed Sultan Road
01-12 The Pier @ Robertson