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Best Mussels?

1newyorkguy Oct 9, 2013 12:51 AM

Who blows your mind with their mussels and preferably awesome bread and/or fries? Seperately, how about which market is the best to go to for buying mussels to take home?

  1. waylman Oct 9, 2013 07:52 AM

    Chambar does a very respectable moules frites. I usually buy from Finest at Sea on Arbutus and 32nd.

    1. LotusRapper Oct 9, 2013 08:55 AM

      Biercraft makes moules frites 6 different ways:


      • Marinier // Garlic, shallots, white wine, fresh herbs, monte au beurre – ½lb $9.25 // 1lb $14.5
      • Drunken // BierCraft pilsner, cilantro, lime butter – ½lb $9.25 // 1lb $14.5
      • Thai // Sweet bell peppers, kaffir lime leaf, red curry coconut broth – ½lb $10.25 // 1lb $15.5
      • Madrid // Chorizo sausage, plum tomatoes, white wine, jalapeno peppers - ½lb $10.25 // 1lb $15.5
      • Normande// Apples, mushrooms, bacon, shallots, Calvados, cream – ½lb $11.25 // 1lb $16.5
      • Orleans // Andouille sausage, roasted corn, peppers, cajun cream – ½lb $11.25 // 1lb $16.5

      I've had all six and like them all.

      Had them twice at Tableau, big juicy 'uns !

      8 Replies
      1. re: LotusRapper
        Sam Salmon Oct 9, 2013 09:24 AM


        Delicious and-quite unlike most seafood in this city-cheap as chips.

        1. re: Sam Salmon
          Georgia Strait Oct 10, 2013 08:46 PM

          HI SS - re: Oysters at Lobsterman on GI -

          do you know - are they sold ONLY in the shell - or can they shuck for customer?

          what i mean is - can you specify which type you want to buy shucked ... or is it just a generic tub mix?

          then again - i have not grilled an oyster "whole shell" in a long time - we used to do that years ago on the beaches up in the inlets out here - not sure how to do on BBQ - does it change the flavor a lot? we don't like oysters with sauce and cheese and all that. We just like plain oyster flavor.

          (i ask about shucked product because i have included some of my own dna in oysters i tried self-shucking at home ;)

          1. re: Georgia Strait
            Sam Salmon Oct 10, 2013 09:00 PM

            I've bought shucked Oysters (in the tub) from Lobsterman as recently as last spring and very tasty morsels they were-fried in cornmeal.

            1. re: Sam Salmon
              Georgia Strait Oct 11, 2013 07:27 PM

              thank you - shall try that shop one day I hope soon

              do you dip in egg then cornmeal - then pan fry?

              1. re: Georgia Strait
                fishon Oct 11, 2013 07:49 PM

                instead of egg dip..... semi dry oysters.... into a bag with cornmeal and flour (half and half) with a little garlic powder.. .shake and let sit for 10 minutes (shake again at 5 minutes).... into a med pan with half butter and half peanut oil with a few slices from good garlic cloves.... use your favorite sauce...

                1. re: fishon
                  LotusRapper Oct 11, 2013 08:01 PM

                  Wonder if panko would work too ?

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    fishon Oct 11, 2013 09:46 PM

                    I like panko with crab or prawn cakes.... with the oysters, something a little lighter...

                2. re: Georgia Strait
                  Sam Salmon Oct 11, 2013 11:31 PM

                  No Egg-Oysters are already wet enough.

                  BTW-I tried Blue Cornmeal and it was lovely but I wouldn't go out of my way to do them that way again Blue Cornmeal is expensive/hard to find and often not fresh here.

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          fishon Oct 9, 2013 01:06 PM

          www.saladefruits.com on West 7th Ave. lunch or early dinner

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            FAM04 Oct 9, 2013 05:07 PM

            For my mussel fix I like The District (bacon and blue cheese or leeks, chorizo and white wine. plus they make some nice frites with tarragon aioli) but you cant go wrong with Chambar.

            1. 1newyorkguy Oct 10, 2013 04:05 AM

              anyone tried them at Longtail Kitchen?

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