Mussel your way in: Vancouver restaurants for moules-frites

This classic French/Belgian bistro staple is the perfect meal when you’re looking for a small meal packed with flavour. Whether you’re digging in alone or planning to share with the table, these restaurants all serve up delectable, briny steamers and their sidekicks you’ll be slurping back in no time.

Chambar Restaurant

1
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

This Crosstown favourite fuses Belgian and Moroccan cuisines to flavourful effect. They offer three types of mussels; try, though, their Congolaise. These are brought to your table in a large tin pot, and once the lid is removed, you’re hit with a fragrantly spiced broth of coconut milk, tomato, smoked chilis and lime. Fresh, plump mussels are at home in this bath and ready for popping into your mouth. Ask for incredible house bread to sop up that life-affirming sauce.

Les Faux Bourgeois Bistro

2
663 15th Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 2R6

Discerning diners have claimed the Moules Marinières served at this Fraserhood bistro are the best in the city. It’s not a tough argument to make. The soup-like broth they come swimming in is good enough to slurp. Studded with mellow garlic, freshened with parsley and brightened with white wine and a hint of lemon, you’ll want to ask for a spoon. The fat mussels retain their own briny flavour and the aioli that comes with the fries is a welcome touch.

Au Comptoir

3
2278 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N8

If it’s Wednesday night and mussels and fries are on the brain, make a beeline to West 4th’s Au Comptoir, where every week this classic bistro staple is the hump-day special. As with the rest of this instantly popular new French café’s menu, expect simplicity and perfection in this dish. A bowl of plump, briny mussels with a stainless steel ramekin of frites perched on its side is the perfect appetizer to ease you into an authentic Parisian meal. Ask for extra baguette for dunking.

BierCraft Bistro

4
3305 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W6

Known for its impressive list — the menu is encyclopaedic — of Belgian beers, Cambie Village go-to Biercraft also sticks to the script with their six choices of mussels. With flavours from Thailand, Spain, France and the American South, you’re sure to find a brothy home for your juicy, fresh shellfish that you’ll both love. Note that you’ll have to order a side of fries for the full experience but these won’t disappoint. Orders are also available by the half-pound or pound.

Salade de Fruits Inc

5
1545 7th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1

You can expect the café at the French Cultural Centre to know a thing or two about French cooking. Their mussels are no exception. Served in a massive pot with nary a closed or empty shell in sight, these are best shared as an appetizer with the table before your equally tasty main courses. Their white wine sauce is amped up with cream, which the French never shy away from, and the richness is nicely cut with their thin salty frites. A winner.

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