The venue is dimly lit; I put the blue wristband on my left wrist, I am ready to rave. Oh yeah… I am ready to rave about the all you can eat mussels at Bungalow 8.
Since after being rejected entry without booking, FFIchiban decided to invite us all again to Bungalow 8 to celebrate his birthday and this time we are determined to have a mussels orgy – a hell lot of it!
The all-you-can-eat-mussels is only available on Tuesday and only if you have made a booking before 7pm. At only $22.50, you will be able to indulge yourself as many pots of mussels as you like. There are 5 different flavours to choose from – White wine, Provencale, Laksa, Thai Green Curry and Tom Yam.
I like the sound of all-you-can-eat mussels, but how much mussels is too much before we all feel sick? The challenge has been set high by Helen‘s record of 4 pots, looks like we have a lot of homework to do and play catch up!
Without filling ourselves up too fast too soon, we stick to the soury flavoured mussels to open up our appetites. First pot I opt for the Tom Yum, Jenius goes for Thai Green Curry, and FFIchiban have the Laksa. The Lonefoodie not so lonely anymore, shows up not long after and join us for a pot of mussels Provencale.
I underestimated the size of the Belgian kilo pot, and the mount of mussels leaves me speechless. The tom yum soup is tangy and comes with a wedge of lemon if you want more zest to it. Each pot comes with a side of chunky fries, which is irresistibly crisp.
I finished the first pot without too much hiccups, handed it back full of empty shells and order Laksa as my second choice.
The laksa mussels is disappointingly under flavoured. It is heavily coated in coconut cream with very subtle hint of chilli. A waiter comes over and offers us a basket of complimentary fresh bread rolls, which we are obliged to accept. No one touches it and fully focus on their own mussels; the bread rolls are soon neglected and turned cold.
Don’t let the size of the tiny mussels fool you, it is actually quite subtantial. It is all a blur and soon found myself digging into the third pot of mussels Provencale. The provencale is probably my favorite, a light Napoli sauce with great flavour of sweet tomatoes, garlic, shallots and the occassional shreds of bacons.
I managed to conquer three pots, just before my friend comes to pick me up and give me a lift back home. The birthday boy happily claimed the “Mussel King” title with his 4 pots of victory. On my way home, I feel sick and bloated, and the car motion almost send me to a spewing frenzy.
The all-you-can-eat-mussels orgy is definitely not for the faint hearted.
Bungalow 8 Number 8, The Promenade King Street Wharf, Sydney P: +61 (02) 9299 4660 W: www.bungalow8.com.au
Open 7 days, food served until 10pm Sun-Thu, 11pm Fri-Sat All-you-can-eat mussels $22.50 Tuesdays lunch and dinner (bookings essential)