Saturday, August 23, 2008
Mussel Inn was a rare delight during our visit to Glasgow, despite warnings from friends about its negative reputation (of which were proven correct during our short stay there but I won't go into that). Having missed it in Edinburgh, we decided to hop over to the Glasgow branch during our final night. It was a relatively short walk from our hotel near the River Clyde as we skirt through the numerous drunks in the city centre.
As gathered from their name, Mussel Inn is well known for their kilo mussel dish (from £10), so that was what we ordered. Flavoured in white wine, garlic, shallots and cream; the mussel pot was incredibly delicious. I admit that I am not a huge fan of shellfish (oysters and mussels), but here Mussel Inn got it right.
We also had the Queen Scallop platter served with Gruyere cheese sauce and bacon, which was exquisite and definitely worth the top price (£7.50~£14.50). The fish and chips on the other hand was reasonably priced, though nothing special can be said about the dish itself (it doesn't taste like cod, I think they used tuna but I may be mistaken). Regardless servings are generous and the service courteous and incredibly friendly.
The relaxed setting provides a more down to earth atmosphere for diners, often something we consider when going out (we hate pretentious and over-designed restaurants). Overall if we are ever in Edinburgh again (we will not visit Glasgow any time soon) we will definitely consider visiting Mussel Inn again. Highly recommended for seafood lovers.