Listers, if you’ve been loathing this winter weather as much as we have, you’re on the look out for the perfect dish to help you defrost, and will be stoked to hear about our favourite Melbourne mussel nights. Soups have been getting a bit boring, but winter nights need not be so dull with glorious mussels (king of the shellfish?!). We’ve wrapped up top mussel nights in Melbourne—grab your spoon and go.
Dr Morse’s famed mussel night doesn’t just stick to a single set mussel dish. There are three different flavour options available—leek and herb, tomato and chilli, and our favourite, potato and bacon—and all have an excellent matched beer option. For $20, you’ll be able to nab yourself a steaming bowl of fresh Spring Bay Mussel filled broth, a cosy spot by the fire or out in one of our favourite Melbourne beer gardens, and a roaring good time.
Thursday nights, $20
Acland Street Cantina
Acland Street Cantina hosts one of the most popular mussel nights in Melbourne. The perfect way to start the week, mussel Mondays at the St Kilda venue offers up bottomless pots of Kinkawooka mussels. You read that right people, they’ll keep topping your mussels up!
Monday nights, $20.
St Kilda’s Dear Liza is a multi-talented little eatery, serving up rips, seafood and salad. But it’s their mussel night that really steals the show. Keeping it simple, this Melbourne mussel night serves a hearty dish our favourite shellfish with Asian slaw, your choice of dressing, and the obligatory crusty bread to mop up all the delicious.
Wednesdays nights, $30
The National Hotel
The National Hotel, nestled in Richmond's pub precinct, dishes up an impressive Melbourne mussel night that will warm the soul and not break the bank.
Mussel fiends, you can plonk yourselves next to the fireplace and choose from half a kilo or one kilo of fresh mussels that can be slurped down with the broth of your choice. Broth flavours include, Thai-style with lemongrass, ginger, chilli and Thai basil; Spanish-style with tomato, fresh tomato, Spanish onion and chorizo; and also Japanese-style mussels with miso, mushrooms and seaweed. They all sound like the perfect winter warmers!
Wednesday nights, deals range from $15 to $35 with drinks.
If you luuurve mussels as much as we do but want them all week long, here are a few of our favourite regular-menu mussel dishes in Melbourne.
The Catalan arroz with blue grenadier, prawns, calamari, mussels and saffron from Bomba
Movida Next Door’s Mussels in Galician Sauce
Kinkawooka mussels with white wine, tarragon and shallots from the Middle Park Hotel
Miss Katie's Crab Shack serves the best darn Crab Boil, which is packed with mussels
Image credit: Dr Morse – Michelle Jarni for The Urban List