On my way back to Montreal today, a big craving for mussels popped in my head. Actually, the craving was shared with everyone in the car. Of course, the number one location that comes to mind is La Moulerie. I remember trying the restaurant six years ago, but I didn't eat mussels back then so why not go back after all those years and see what's up.
We showed up pretty early, just a little before the 6pm service. As soon as we got seated, we realized the restaurant was cold as ice. To the point that one had to keep her winter coat on for a while.
To make it up, we realized that all the mussels were unlimited for the evening. This is a promotion offered from Sunday to Wednesday. We all decided to go with that, accompanied by fries and beer to make it complete.
For the first round, we shared the Thai, Indian, Mexican and Sicilian flavors.
The Thai was good but the coconut milk taste faded as it was mixed with too much water. I was hoping for a stronger thick sauce. The Mexican sauce was advertised as spicy, as it comes with chilpotle, but it ended up being way too sweet. The Indian and Sicilian sauces were out favorites. The Indian cari sauce was just wonderful with a great balance between all the ingredients. As for the Sicilian sauce, the extra goat cheese added just made it special and a good idea for a soup.
The fries coming along were a bit over fried but how to resist when you have a great beer along with it.
We ended up being too full for the second round! Good thing to remember if you go on one of those nights, come very hungry to really enjoy the promotion.
Conclusion: The mussels were decent but not amazing - but I haven't really found THE place yet anyway. I think it's a good idea to go on unlimited evenings. They actually bring the mussels in the sauce each time you ask for another round so you can try as many flavors as you wish during your meal. The service was very bad, our server didn't care to come often enough, not even for water. I wonder how the customers are treated when the restaurant is full.
LA MOULERIE ADDRESS: 1249 Bernard W. PHONE: (514) 273-8132 HOURS: MON-FRI 11:30 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. / SAT-SUN 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M. ALCOHOL: Yes VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY: No CREDIT CARDS: Yes PRICE: $22 for unlimited mussels, including fries or salad