The Best Mussels in Toronto
The best mussels in Toronto entice diners to dive right in. Gently coaxed into opening up by booze-spiked broths, these plump shellfish will arrive at your table in deep steaming bowls that seduce your senses of sight and smell - before you even have the chance to pluck the first morsel from its shell. When it comes to mussels, Toronto bistros, beer halls and oyster houses happily adhere to tradition, supplying frites and/or fresh bread to sop up the broth - and all its decadent flavours.
Here are the best mussels in Toronto.
Steamed in beer broth and served with fresh-baked sourdough, the mussels ($19) at this King East beer bar are available in five styles. Go classic with a creamy garlic Blanche de Chambly broth, or the tomato-based Provençal loaded with fresh herbs. Spice things up with the El Diablo or spicy red Thai variations, or go New England-style with bacon, smoked cheddar and cream.
This seafood purveyor in Scarborough serves up deep, steaming bowls of mussels in a choice of classic sauces like white wine or marinara, or more novel flavours like curry or a rich, creamy lobster sauce. Grilled baguette is supplied on the side to wipe up every last drop.
Multiple GTA locations are popular for their selection of 150-plus beers, flanked by a very beer-friendly menu that includes a half-dozen types of mussels and fries ($21). Select from rich broths like the white wine Alsatian studded with capers, shallots and garlic, or A La Snob, a Pernod-spiked version with leeks, tomato concassée and lobster creme.
The oyster house boasts downtown and midtown locations where you’ll find two or three different riffs on moules et frites ($16). Opt for a classic white wine sauce scented with fennel and specked with lardons and shallots, or try the Thai yellow curry, or a chorizo-studded Portuguese-style version spiced with paprika and chilis.
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