Hong Kong has a new hybrid sports bar restaurant with the opening of Ministry of Mussels in LKF’s California Tower.
You’ll be forgiven for not knowing this, but the current reigning mussel shucking champion is Angela Fredericks of Blenheim, New Zealand. With a razor-sharp knife and a keen eye, Fredericks, a professional mussel opener at Kono Seafoods, opened 100 steamed mussels in under two minutes to beat her own record by one second at the Havelock Musel & Seafood Festival.
Talking of molluscs and competitive sports, Ministry of Mussels is Hong Kong’s newest sports bar and eatery and if you have a passion for great comfort food or the thrills of the field, pitch, court or rink, you’re in luck. The new 4,000sqft Lan Kwai Fong venue is the newest venture by Infinity Entertainment Group (you’ll know their other spots Tellus Lounge on Wyndham and nightclub C45) and promises to be a new destination for people who like to play hard and eat well.
Located in California Tower, Ministry of Mussels has a little something for everyone, from its semi-alfresco patio to its bar area, which is lined by 11 (count ’em) 4K HD televisions showing live sports from around the globe (an especially popular spot during the daily happy hour 3 – 7 pm, when beer towers are just HK$270), to its dedicated beer pong table, and its main dining room, which is decked out in honey-hued wood and industrial lighting fixtures for an edgy yet welcoming ambiance.
Few things go better with live sports than comfort food that’s packed with flavour and Executive Chef Dee Kwok has you covered, with a menu of American bistro classics that are punctuated with great seafood dishes. Look out for starters like the grilled halloumi, beetroot and quinoa salad; Thai-style squid with mixed herbs; Spread Your Wings and Fry chicken wings with a choice of dipping sauces; crispy coconut prawns served with spicy mango salsa; and Chicharron, deep-fried pork skin topped with barbeque pulled pork, sour cream and chives.
For something more substantial, there are pasta dishes like spaghetti cooked with Singapore style chilli crab sauce and topped with a blue swimmer crab; toasted brioche lobster rolls served with coleslaw and French fries; succulent baby back ribs served with grilled sweet corn, coleslaw and French fries; and for “The Whole Nine Yards”, an Angus beef burger served with crispy bacon, melted cheddar, baby gem lettuce and tomato.
Of course, the mussels are still the showstoppers here and punters can select from the Around the World Mussels menu, which features these moreish molluscs in ten delicious broths ranging from Italian Formaggi and Lobster Bisque to Singapore Laksa and Kung Pao. All mussels come with the choice of toasted French Baguette, French fries, or deep-fried “Mantou” steamed buns to soak up all of the fragrant goodness.
The family-friendly venue also offers a dedicated Kid’s Menu and a padded play zone for your little bundles of joy and chaos, and during the week hosts a competitive lunch menu from 12 pm – 3 pm priced at HK$168 for two courses and HK$188 for three.
So pop in and raise a glass to ol’ Angela.
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