Did someone say mussels? With Belgian fries? For half price??
I’m always on the hunt for a bargain and one that included a huge pot of mussels and Belgian fries was not one that I was going to pass up. Sir D and I waltzed up to Belgian Beer Cafe in Cammeray one Wednesday afternoon for a late lunch. The place was still buzzing at 2pm but we were seated promptly.
We were given huge double-sided A3 sized menus with food on one side and beer on the other. My eyes zoomed into the section entitled “Mussels” to check out all the flavours – there were so many to choose from! I couldn’t decide between 3 of them so I said, “Let’s get all three!” (out comes my greedy side). Sir D suggested we start off with two and if we were still hungry then get the third one. A wise decision, since we were so full after two pots that we had to sit and digest for a while before we left.
We dug in with gusto, slurping the mussels out of their shells and then using the mussel shells to scoop up some of the delicious sauce. The mussels themselves were cooked just right and none of them were overcooked and chewy. Unfortunately there was a lot of celery in the pot and we spent a lot of time picking out because neither of us like it haha.
To our dismay, there was a lot of celery in the Poulette flavoured mussels as well! This one had a creamy white wine sauce with bacon and vegetables and was a lot richer than the Provençale. We enjoyed the bacon flavour in this sauce but towards the end it got too rich and Sir D decided to abandon the Poulette flavour in favour of the Provençale. Again, the mussels were perfectly cooked and I wondered how they managed to cook them en masse without overcooking any of them.
Both the mussel pots came with a side of Belgian fries which is served with mayonnaise. These golden fried batons of potato were one of the best I’ve had with a crunchy exterior and fluffy insides. They were so good that even though we were really full from the mussels, it felt like such a waste not to eat such delicious fries so we managed to plough our way through most of them. As a result, we were so full that we could barely move and once we hit home we promptly fell asleep in a food coma of sorts.
A sign of a good meal? I think so.
*Half Price Mussels are available every Wednesday from midday – 10pm at all Belgian Beer Cafe locations. Bookings recommended.
Belgian Beer Cafe (Epoque)
429 Miller Street
Cammeray NSW 2062
Ph: +61 2 9954 3811
Open 7 days from midday. Closed public holidays
$4pp surcharge on Sundays
Belgian Beer Cafe (Heritage)
135 Harrington Street
The Rocks NSW 2000
Belgian Beer Cafe (Balmain)
82 Darling Street
Balmain East NSW 2041