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After dinner tonight at Flex Mussels I nearly had to roll myself the 10 blocks home to my apartment after the massive amount of food we consumed. The space is deceptively small from the outside but when you get to the back room there are high ceilings and warm decor. In fact, the sign out front may confuse less seafood-conscious consumers to think that the restaurant is even a gym, well, for those who can’t spell Muscles anyway. We waited at the crowded bar for a few minutes before our table was ready. When we reached the table we each ordered one of the many original bottled beers. I got one that had a touch of apple in it. Yum!
Since I was doing a restaurant review (not because I’m a pig) we decided to do lots of splitting with our friends (I will not tell you how many since then you won’t realize how much we actually ate). We ordered a lobster roll to split as an appetizer, which came with fries too. Having been an avid fan of Mermaid Inn I was nervous to depart but I was happy I did. This lobster roll kicked MI’s butt. Next we split 3 pots of mussels, the Thai (curry coconut broth, lemongrass, coriander, lime, garlic, ginger), Parma (parmigiano cream, meyer lemon, scallions, toasted garlic and shallots) and Fra Diavlo (San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, fresh basil). Each pot was a delectable tureen of delicious morsels. But I gotta say the best part of the pot was the sauce. We soaked up piece after piece of bread in the savory broths. The Thai and the Parma were definitely the table faves. Yum, my mouth is watering just thinking of them.
You may worry that all this seafood could get nauseating in the massive quantity in which we consumed it but it wasn’t. In fact, we were even ready to order 6 donuts and a Deep-fried Whoopie Pie. The donuts were a huge hit among everyone. They literally melt in your mouth and are each infused with something different (lemon, blueberry, chocolate, hazelnut, etc.) Oh and in case you aren’t feeling fat enough there is a creamy dipping sauce that’s to die for. The whoopie pie is filled with a cream cheese frosting and covered in some sort of crusty coating. The chocolate cake was pure decadence. Apparently the pastry chef is going to be on the next season of Top Chef, Desserts Only. Our waitress told us he’s a very entertaining little Diva so remember to watch out for him.
This is an amazing restaurant that people are flocking to try. If you like seafood I strongly recommend. Yum! Oh, did I mention we saw (well, BF’s cousin pointed out) Gabourey Sidibe! She was so adorable, or shall I say precious (ba-dum-pshhh). I couldn’t stop staring.