NOT eating shellfish at The Mussel Inn!

Since penning the below and trying to find some time to re-write the post I discovered it wasn’t actually my own negligence after all! (the very ‘helpful’ Dr Science shut down a few tabs on my laptop not realising I hadn’t yet saved it bless him!) hurrah and vindication, not quite as daft as I thought (well, this time anyway) ! 

I had written a lovely articulate, witty (ahem…) blog post for this one on my shiny new Macbook, all I had to do was upload the photographs & now I’ve finally gotten round to doing this, I seem to have deleted/not saved the review OR the notes I took at the time! darn & blast it (& Note to oneself not to destroy all the evidence before ‘going live’!). With this in mind, I’ve uploaded the photos & will do my best to fill in the rest!

The decor takes me straight back to the seaside and growing up in North Devon. it’s reassuringly ‘fishy’ with an efficient ‘easy to clean & turn around’ feel to it. The smells in the restaurant had us both inhaling deeply on entering the restaurant, yum!

The menu, as expected is very seafood, in fact very shellfish focused, (Mussels are definitely the dish of the day here), which as regular readers will know, isn’t ideal for me however there were some very tasty options that I was tempted by. Prices were pretty city centre average, Starters around £5 and Mains £10-£23.

Crab Salad

Dr Science had a lovely looking Crab Salad to start, Claw meat and crayfish tails in a lime mayonnaise with cherry tomato on a toasted focaccia and drizzled with basil oil while I went for a Squid and chorizo dish that was on the Specials board.

my Squid with Chorizo starter from the Specials board

For the main, I plumped for the  Grilled sea bass fillet served on a rocket, feta, warm new potato and roasted red pepper salad, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette  and the Dr a steaming great big pot of mussels. The smooth, light Pinot Noir was a particularly good accompaniment too.

Mains of Sea Bass & Mussels

We had booked a fairly late table and as the restaurant started to empty around us, until we were the last diners, never once did we see the staff clock watching or making us very aware that we should be finishing up, which makes a refreshing change from some restaurants who can’t get rid of you quick enough.  Feeling satedl and relaxed we ordered a couple of coffees (an Irish one for me), just to round things off nicely before heading back out in to the crisp April night.

Verdict: The food was good, the service excellent and a was a great taste of the seaside bang in the city-centre. Would I return? If I could eat shellfish Yes, definitely, however as the menu has limited options for non shellfish diners, I could maybe eke out one more visit.

The Mussel Inn, 61-65 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2NH. 0131 225 5979

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4 Responses to “NOT eating shellfish at The Mussel Inn!”

  1. Ella
    May 3, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I’d say it’s getting a bit late in the year to eat mussels anyway -traditionally best avoided till the end of the summer (spawning season).
    But some folk say this is less of an issue with farmed mussels.

    • May 3, 2011 at 7:28 am #

      To be fair this was about 4 weeks ago, it’s just been a somewhat hectic April!
      Although I can’t eat shellfish at all, unfortunately!

  2. David Findlay
    May 3, 2011 at 8:39 am #

    I have eaten here but have never been inside so have no idea about the decor 🙂

    • May 3, 2011 at 8:48 am #

      ah, you must have had the good fortune to sit outside on a nice sunny day David! We’re almost getting to that time of year again, just a few degrees more…..

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