Look & Feel: At first glance, Ministry of Mussels is huge. It’s sprawled across 4,000sqft, to be exact. The spacious main dining room boasts industrial vibes, a long bar with 11 large HD 4K TV screens (the Olympics are screening on our visit), and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city. Between the games going on the TV and the relaxed vibe, this definitely feels like a fun sports bar. There’s also a half-covered balcony that’s the perfect spot for drinks and light bites. If the sports on the screens inspire you, you can hit the beer pong table to indulge your competitive side (do it, it’s fun). And, if you’ve got the kids in town, they’ll love the padded play zone.
On the Menu: Unsurprisingly, the centerpiece of the menu at Ministry of Mussels is, well…mussels. Specifically, it’s a dedicated menu titled “Around the World Mussels,” where you can enjoy the crustaceans in ten globally-inspired broths ($318 each). All mussel pots are accompanied by your choice of toasted baguettes, fries, or—in a nod to its Hong Kong location—deep-fried mantou buns. Expect to try globally-influenced mussel pots like the cheesy Italian Formaggi Mussels, the Singapore Chili Crab Mussels (which had all the right flavors, but could’ve used a bit more of a kick), and the aromatic Thai Green Curry.
If mussels aren’t your thing, don’t despair—there are other items on the menu, too. The Grilled Halloumi Beetroot Quinoa Salad ($148) is a good (read: healthy) way to kick things off, while the “Spread Your Wings And Fry”—chicken wings served with carrot and celery sticks and topped with your choice of dressing dressing from Korean Spicy, Heavy Cheese, and Cajun—are the perfect sports bar comfort food. Keep things going with the deep-fried and tropically-inspired Coconut Prawns ($128) and perhaps spice things up with the classic Jalapeño Poppers ($88).
If you’re in need of something heartier, there are plenty of hefty mains on offer, too. There are pastas, like the Spaghetti Mussel Aglio Olio ($248) and Linguini Bolognese ($228), but we were fans of the Baby Back Ribs served with fries, grilled corn, and slaw ($298 for half-rack; $588 for full rack) and the American Classic Fried Steak ($248) which features a decadently deep-fried Angus steak topped with Bechamel sauce and red wine jus.
Jeng: We love the relaxed vibe here, and the indulgent, comfort food-y mains.
Not So Jeng: Considering they call themselves Ministry of Mussels, the mussel pots leave a little something to be desired—also, they’re probably a little overpriced for a sports bar.
FYI: If you’re here with a group of friends, get The Quaker ($388) for dessert. This massive sundae features nine scoops of ice cream long with butterscotch, roasted peanuts and almonds, chocolate fudge, strawberry glaze, roasted marshmallows, and whipped cream.
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