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Mussels at Lukshon

westsidegal Apr 16, 2013 07:46 PM

rarely do i order mussels because unless they are absolutely fresh (alive shortly before they arrive on your plate) to me, they have a "flat/muddy" flavor.
also, as soon as they die, they start to dry out.

the only restaurant in recent years that could be counted on was La Cachette Bistro in santa monica (rip).

now i've found another source of top quality mussels: Lukshon.
here's their description of the dish:

prince edward island black mussels
green chile rempah, coconut, tapioca, thai basil, lime.

of course, i couldn't leave without also having one of my all time favorite seafood dishes:
steamed cod
spicy citrus broth, lily flower, tatsoi

what can i say? even though they don't serve a lot of items for pescatarians , the things they do serve are terrific

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  1. PeterCC RE: westsidegal Apr 17, 2013 05:19 PM

    Since you are a fellow proponent of FIG, Have you tried to mussels there? I've had it twice, and the first was probably the best mussels I've had in years (close second would be at Pearl Dive in D.C. a few months ago). the mussels were large, plump, sweet, everything you'd normally want.

    The second time I had it at FIG, it wasn't as good as the first, but it was still above average. The mussels were still fresh but smaller and a tad overcooked, but within probably normal variability for something that isn't mass-produced in a factory. The key was that the mussels were fresh both times.

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      westsidegal RE: PeterCC Apr 17, 2013 05:54 PM

      you, iirc, are the wonderful person that turned me on to fig.
      i have not tried their mussels because i was always "trapped" between the wonderful cheese platters and their vegetable curry.
      maybe i'll give it a try sometime!

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        westsidegal RE: PeterCC May 2, 2013 09:09 PM

        i had the mussels there tonight.
        the sauce was divine.
        the mussels were, indeed, fresh
        not very plump, though.
        still far better than i had any right to expect.

        1. re: westsidegal
          PeterCC RE: westsidegal May 2, 2013 09:19 PM

          Glad you enjoyed it!

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