March 25, 2014

the delightful mussel men

From the outside, you could mistake the “Mussel Men” establishment for a seedy East London gym. There are drawings of old men plastered all over the front of door and you can’t quite see in properly. It’s scattered in between off licences and empty shops, you could quite easily walk straight past it. 

I had to blog about this place. It’s just the most amazing experience. It wasn’t hard to fall in love with it, mainly because I love love love seafood. I also had that sort of emotional moment that I sometimes get in London when I think “god we really do have everything right here on our door step!” A fresh, seafood pop-up dining heaven just 15 minutes down the road.

I think my undying love of prawns and mussels and all things fresh from the ocean was first sparked by family musseltrips to Cornwall where you could hear the waves lapping just outside the restaurant; I just loved the atmosphere of being by the sea and eating fresh mussels that had just been caught there and then.

So it was to my utter delight that I went along with some friends to Mussel Men on Sunday afternoon which is situated on Kingsland Road, near Haggerston station. I was incredibly hungover so I thought that the seafood might not go down too well, but how wrong I was! It was delicious and made me feel 100% better. The Prosecco helped, naturally.

There’s a time and a place for a classic Sunday roast, but there is always a massive time and place for a Seafood Roast. I had never tried this before and it was just amazing. It came out in two platters, for the five of us and it was such a delicious feast. The Oysters in particular slipped on down a treat. 

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What also added to the experience was the fact that the dining environment is really chilled out, family friendly and quite small (only a few tables so you should definitely book) so it means it doesn’t get too chaotic and you get amazing service. Our waiter was Captain Bob who tasks you with ‘trying to beat him in a thumb war’ and in return you could win your very own Mussel Men T-Shirt. Obviously we all tried and failed. He was a very nice man and treated us well. 

Thanks Captain Bob and co.

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