I love mussels, and surprisingly they are a relatively new thing for me, I have really only started to eat them over the past 4 years. I found generally they were a very unappetising part of a seafood platter, chewy and pretty unimpressive, so didn’t venture further. Then I happened to try some that were offered as a canapé on the half shell with a chilli sauce, yum, now they were alright. That then brings me to around three years ago when I visited a Belgian pub in Auckland and had a pot of mussels, that was it, they had me, hook, line and sinker. Simply served in a wine sauce with chips and mayo on the side.
That brings me to last weekend. After a pretty crappy week I was in need of some cheering up so headed out to the movies and dinner with Ms Lily. What did we want for dinner? I got in pretty quickly with, I am really craving mussels! No arguments on the choice, so that then lead us to the Heritage Belgian Beer Cafe at The Rocks.The Belgian Beer Cafe is located in what we think use to be a school. Very high ceilings with loft seating near the entrance. We were sitting up in the loft area for dinner and it offered a great view over the rest of the Cafe, pretty cool for people watching.
We decided to order three entrees to share, which wasn’t a problem, with a couple of plates bought to the table so we could do so.
There is quite a variety of entrees on offer, but the pork belly bites caught my attention straight away.
By this time I had finished my Long Island Tea, oh wow, talk about addictive. I decided to order a second, major mistake, first one is fantastic the second one will bowl you over! For beer drinkers there is an extensive range of Belgian beers.
Thank goodness our main arrived. As we had been little piggies earlier by ordering three entrees we ordered one pot of mussels to share.
I will admit they aren’t the best mussels I have had, but oh wow they hit the spot beautifully. I do want to go back and try some of their other mussel pots, Tintin au Congo (cooked with coconut cream, lemongrass & chilli) or Mushrooms (cooked with mushrooms & vegetables in a light creamy basil broth).
If you are not a fan of mussels, there are other options to choose from for your main, sausages, steaks, schnitzel or even fish of the day.
The staff were very helpful and friendly as well which added to a great chillaxed dinner.
During the week they also have some pretty cool specials;
Monday: $18.50 Sausage & Drink – Belgian Sausages & mash with a Draught Stella, Hoegaarden or house wine.
Wednesday: Half price mussels – available from midday –10pm, booking is advised.
Thursday: $18.50 Chicken Schnitzel & Drink – chicken schnitzel with mash and a Draught Stella, Hoegaarden or house wine.
One thing you should check out if visiting is the floor near the stairs leading up to the loft seating area. They have laid glass as the floor so you can see down to the excavations below of stairs and pathway.
We waddled out very full and content puppies.