157 Hope Street Tel: 0843 2892 283 Web: www.mussel-inn.com
ALTHOUGH the restaurant's name gives away its speciality, don't be fooled into thinking that is all it has to offer.
the selection of different flavours of mussels is impressive but we were surprised to see all varieties of seafood, shellfish and even meats for the seasick diner.
the choice was so wide, we had to enlist the help of our knowledgable waitress who made some welcome suggestions.
to start us off, she advised us to try the seafood chowder (s4.95).
It was thick and creamy, and as the waitress said - you knew it was bad for you, but it was just so good.
the big chunks of fish and potatoes crumbled in my mouth, and the slabs of crusty bread soaked up what was left.
Next up, we ordered two mains to share - a kilo pot of mussels (s12) and a hot seafood platter (s22.95) the mussels come in a variety of different sauces from natural to Mexican-style but we opted for a roasted red pepper and basil pesto.
What I liked most about this dish was that although the flavouring was apparent, it didn't overwhelm or take away from the meaty mussels'own taste.
our other main was a huge plate filled with king and queen scallops, tiger prawns and mussels, topped off with a grilled seabass fillet.
the dish had been cooked in a tomatoey seafood sauce and chive cream frai-che - and it was great for sharing.
Dessert, though we were both full, was a must after looking at the menu.
I had a velvety smooth chocolate crlme brulee (s4.40), while my friend enjoyed the crispyapple and cinnamon strudel (s4.60).
our meal was washed down by a lovely bottle of South African chenin blanc (s15.95).
If you are after fresh seafood, cooked in an assortment of different styles and flavours - but without the fine-dining prices - then Mussel Inn is the plaice to be.