Christmas eve/last day of work for 2008 (for most of us), friends organised to have all-you-can-eat mussels at Bungalow 8 on King St. Wharf. I'm impartial to mussels - I can eat them but at the same time, it's not something that I would get cravings for or get too fussed if I don't have it. And really, I have yet to meet someone that would call mussels their favourite food.
The all-you-can-eat offer is $22.50pp (Tuesdays only) and pretty much you eat the kilo pots of mussels at your heart's content. There's 5 different flavours to choose from - Laksa, Tom Yum, White Wine, Bacon Provencale & Thai Green Curry. On average, there are between 30-40 mussels per pot (this knowledge I gained from the boys that started counting them as they went through pot after pot).
All the kilo pot mussels come with a side of chips. Bread rolls and butter are also part of the $22.50 deal.
After an initial mix up of tables (what are the chances that there would be someone booking with the same name and the same number of people?!), we were moved from the incredibly crowded table next to the bar to the sofa seats outside. Much better!
Guess who's back?! AJ! We've missed you!
I'd say that we ate for a solid 2-3 hours. The record for the night was held by J - a total of 5 pots, one of each flavour (which would've been between 150 - 200 mussels!) I only managed 1.5 pots after which everything just tasted like mussels - when it all starts tasting the same, it's time to stop eating! Well, when we did get up to leave, J did say that he wouldn't be eating any more mussels for some time and that was with good reason!
The seating outside ended up being really nice (usually I'm not a big fan of outdoor seating cause food gets cold really easy, things fall into your food, then you have birds all over the place...argh! but fortunately, you don't get this at Bungalow). Dinner capped at $22.50 was fantastic - the only extra money you would be spending is on drinks (which admittedly can be a bit of a nightmare when you have everyone heading to the bar at the same time.) On the whole, it was great night out with friends to celebrate the end of the year!