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Oct 9, 2013 12:51 AM

Best Mussels?

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?

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

    1. 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

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

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          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

            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

              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

                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: LotusRapper

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

                1. re: Georgia Strait

                  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.

        2. on West 7th Ave. lunch or early dinner

          1. 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. anyone tried them at Longtail Kitchen?