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Soleil: How Many Mussels Do You Have in Your Stomach? [Review w/ Pictures]

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wesleywong Sep 1, 2009 09:54 AM

Recently visited Soleil for their all you can eat mussels and fries for $15! Soleil does this every Wednesday and reservations are required.

Review formatted with pictures: http://www.twohungrypandas.com/2009/0...

Text Review:
Perhaps all-you-can-eat Mussels and French Fries wasn't the greatest idea...

But we didn't know better.

Every Wednesday night, Westwood's Soleil, a French-Canadian restaurant, offers all-you-can-eat mussels and french fries for $14.99. All the mussels we can eat? Woot, the Pandas are there and so were our friends Riley and Serena. Boy were we ready to conquer those mussels and get every dollars worth of our money.

FIRST SERVING: Steaming bowls of mussels are set in front of each of us. Minced garlic sparsely covers the fairly large mussels in a traditional white wine and butter soup. The meat is just as huge. On top of that, we have a basket of crispy shoestring fries. This is going to be a good meal.

SECOND SERVING: After waiting a good 10 minutes, our waiter finally comes over with our next helping. To avoid losing precious eating time, we proudly ask the waiter to put in another round. Steam again rises into our faces. We consume our new bowls of mussels, but begin noticing small, "dwarf" sized meat in big mussels. Riley announces that four of his had no meat. No worries, we have another serving.

THIRD SERVING: Right after clearing our second serving plates, the third serving comes in. Naturally, we ask the waiter to have the next one ready. That's when mussel-overload began to kick in. Riley declares that this is probably going to be his last one. Wesley, never the one to leave his buddies behind, reassures Riley that he'll take over his plate if he can't finish. Evelina and Serena begin creating conspiracy theories that the restaurant may have used to justify why they're "feeling it" at the third plate. "That's why the restaurant serves bread." "That's why they serve french fries." THIS IS HOW THEY GOT US.

FOURTH SERVING: Serena, Riley, and Evelina declare it to be the last. Before even digging in, Wes orders another one. "Ha, I'm still on top of it." Serena and Riley finish their plates and are "satisfied." Half way through, the mussels start to smell wretched to Evelina. She hands the plate over to Wesley. As he finishes up, the waiter comes over to grab our plates.Out of curiosity, we ask, "What's the record for the most plates of mussels consumed?" "Seven," says the waiter. Well, that's a surprisingly small number.

FIFTH SERVING: Wesley contemplates beating the 7 bowl record. "I can probably do it. I've already consumed four and a half." Plate #5 is placed in front of him. He's doing well in the beginning, but half way through, he too meets his faith as the mussels become to "seafood-e." He finishes his fifth plate, but calls it quit. KO.

At the end of our howmanymusselswillittaketokillus feast, we realized that, yes, all-you-can-eat mussels probably wasn't that great of an idea. But just because we couldn't conquer the cheapest shellfish in the sea, doesn't mean we're crossing off Soleil. Since Evelina will be living a block away from this "star-lit" restaurant when school starts, we'll be back to try the other entries before giving our final verdict.

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Soleil
1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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    peterboy Sep 1, 2009 07:55 PM

    were they good??
    I mean, if you dont want to eat like a seal, were they worth it as a dish?

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    1. re: peterboy
      evelinag Sep 2, 2009 11:12 AM

      The mussels are huge, but obviously frozen. Most mussels are received frozen, so if you don't mind that then it's at best an alright dish. Nothing to go ga ga over.

    2. OCAnn Sep 1, 2009 08:21 PM

      LOL! Nice review. Are all the mussels served the same way or do they offer different preparations?

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      1. re: OCAnn
        evelinag Sep 2, 2009 11:13 AM

        All the mussels are prepared the same way or else we would have probably not gotten sick of it that quickly.

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