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Best Mussel dish in Toronto?

haggisdragon Sep 10, 2009 05:05 AM

I'm craving some fresh mussels, can anyone help?

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    downtownfoodie RE: haggisdragon Sep 11, 2009 03:19 PM

    http://www.cafebrussel.com/
    124 Danforth

    mmmmmmoules :)

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      Wahooty RE: downtownfoodie Sep 11, 2009 03:29 PM

      Isn't that what closed some time ago and is now Globe Bistro?

      If you're just after basic mussels, I had some at Smokeless Joe's a couple of weeks ago that were decent - many different flavoring options. Could've used some frites, but they don't have a fryer. :(

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        tochowchick RE: Wahooty Sep 11, 2009 04:07 PM

        Cafe Brussels is LONG gone...

    2. aser RE: haggisdragon Sep 11, 2009 04:16 PM

      Beer Bistro has a varied selection of mussels paired w/ their beers.

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      Beer Bistro
      18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

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        perogy RE: aser Sep 12, 2009 08:44 AM

        My husband loves the mussels at Beer Bistro - specifically the nacho ones (jalapeno, hot peppers and cream are the main components). He says they are amazing and he can never deviate from this exact order! The frites are very good as well.

      2. blue bike RE: haggisdragon Sep 11, 2009 04:16 PM

        I can't say from first hand experience, but I was told that the mussels at Beer Bistro are pretty good. And the fries were nice and crisp (these, I tried). If I remember correctly, there are 4 or 6 choices for the sauce.

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          k8supergrover RE: blue bike Sep 12, 2009 08:31 AM

          The mussels and frites at Frank, the restaurant at the AGO I have had twice now for weekend brunch and they are great. Also comes with clams. Large portion, cool atmosphere, under $20 (I want to say $14 but not 100% sure on that).
          I also like the mussels at Le Paradis a lot, totally different atmosphere but also really good.
          Come to think of it, I can't remember a bad mussel dish I've had in Toronto, though if they come with more than 2 still closed I tend to be suspicious.

        2. Full tummy RE: haggisdragon Sep 12, 2009 04:07 PM

          This may not be a popular response, but I had some recently at Il Fornello; they were served in a tomato-fennel sauce, and I have to say I enjoyed them very much.

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            mercurkg RE: haggisdragon Sep 12, 2009 09:33 PM

            The best mussels I have had in Toronto in recent memory have been at Beer Bistro and Frank. The ones from Frank stand out in my mind in particular and come with frites.

            At Beer Bistro there are a few different kinds, I had one with butternut squash.

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              lamaranthe RE: haggisdragon Sep 13, 2009 09:12 AM

              Dizzy Dizzyonyonge.ca –Sports Bar - See daily specials (mussels, calamari, wings)– Tiny – Unpretentious – Reasonable – I felt the wine with the mussels should have been evaporated. a little longer.

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                bruceter RE: lamaranthe Sep 13, 2009 02:22 PM

                "Spicy cream" at Phebes (zee grill). if they still do it..

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                  foodieBee RE: bruceter Nov 22, 2009 07:23 PM

                  Had the spicy cream mussels at Phebes Zee Grill the other night and they were fantastic!! I had an order of the frites as well to soak up the sauce, left the dish completely clean!

              2. Charles Yu RE: haggisdragon Nov 22, 2009 08:17 PM

                Go to Diana's seafood delight. Get yourself some ' Live New Zealand Green shell mussels' and cook them yourself! Simple. just steamed them and enjoy! Plump, chewy and ultra sweet!

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                  millygirl RE: Charles Yu Oct 6, 2010 05:45 AM

                  Bumping this up....

                  Saw some on Top Chef last night and now I have a real craving. Where should I go folks??

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                    c.cow RE: millygirl Oct 6, 2010 06:24 AM

                    Still can't get enough of Beer Bistro. Their Belgian White bowl is very simple and fresh and a good go-to for a snack. The Blue Blonde bowl is a little bit more "comforting" - the blue cheese adds richness and the broth is a bit more robust. Though I hate the price tag, I love the Fancy Shmancy bowl, which is usually quite generous with the lobster. Not a big fan of the Spicy Red Thai. Have enjoyed others not currently on the menu.

                    Have also enjoyed mussels at Starfish, Smokeless Joe's, and (though others may contest this) the Fat Belgian, where I feel you get pretty good bang for your buck (fries are included in the price - but not as good as BB fries). I like their curried moules better than the BB Thai version.

                    BB remains at the top of my list - I don't think you can go wrong with their mussel bowls.

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                    Beer Bistro
                    18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                    Fat Belgian
                    115 John St, Toronto, ON M9N, CA

                    Smokeless Joe
                    Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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                      millygirl RE: c.cow Oct 6, 2010 12:50 PM

                      Now that I have a few minutes to spare I was just reading the posts above. A few comments:

                      Oh how I miss Cafe Brussels mussels.

                      Last time I went to Starfish about 3 months ago, I was very disappointed in the mussels. Hopefully it was just one of those nights because on other occasions they've been wonderful.

                      Someone mentioned I'll Fornello. It's interesting because a friend was just telling me the other day how much she enjoyed them there. I'm referring to the one on the Danforth.

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                        JamieK RE: millygirl Oct 6, 2010 05:22 PM

                        I know the place is vilified by some on the board but I've had fabulous mussels at Allens - big juicy tasty and fresh. They were way way better than the mussels I had at Papillon on the Park, which I really like as a restaurant but their mussels (small chewy and just unappealing) on my one try didn't make the grade for me.

                        I've also had good mussels at the Il Fornello at St Clair/Yonge as well as Le Paradis. The mussels at Beer Bistro were excellent but I didn't enjoy my experience because maybe my timing or seating weren't great (too noisy and uncomfortable).

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                        Beer Bistro
                        18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

                        Le Paradis
                        166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

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