I consider Mark and I to be somewhat discriminating and particular when it comes to our mussel game. We love a good serving of large, meaty mussels with some fresh bread and enough broth to dip that yummy bread into after the mussels have disappeared. We have been known to ask for more bread just for the yummy broth. Our first experience with having such mussels was when we were newly married and touring Cape Breton Island. We ended up at a restaurant where we ordered a bowl of mussels. They were amazing!! To this day, we always seem to compare the next plate of mussels to that first plate we shared as a couple in Cape Breton. We have had mussels in NB, PEI, NS , Maine and New Hampshire . We have cooked them ourselves or have had them served to us at very fancy restaurants. Any time we see them on a menu we always debate whether we should get them or not at the risk of being disappointed.
We were delighted this past weekend to indulge in some of the best mussels we’ve ever had at Octopus’s Garden Cafe in Alma, NB. I had seen a picture and description of this mussel dish on their Facebook page recently. I mentioned them to Mark as we were heading down Sunday afternoon and he suggested we stop there for lunch on the way to the cottage. He didn’t have to twist my arm to stop and try them !
Here is a photo of our actual plate with 1 or 2 mussels missing because we couldn’t contain ourselves 🙂
Octopus’s Garden Cafe is located on the left right beside Saprano’s Pizza ( another favourite for their donairs!!) as you are heading into Alma.
They are open for breakfast at 7 am and run to 10 pm for lunch and dinner . Here is a quote from their Facebook page about what they offer:
“We take care to specialize in fresh, local, high-quality food – served to you at affordable prices. Our cheese, meat, bread, eggs, milk, butter, hot sauces, honey, tea, jams, and maple syrup are all sourced from local producers. We serve fresh-roasted, organic, fair trade coffee and espresso. Most of our organically grown fruit and vegetables are right from our own farm. ”
At quick glance, I saw Armadale Dairy, ANC meats, Bay of Fundy lobster and scallops and lots of other local ingredients on the menu. They were getting the fresh pasta ready for dinner while we were there which seems to be quite popular! They were kind enough to prepare mussels for us at lunch because they had time to do it but it is usually a dinner feature.
Here are some other shots in the Cafe:
I want to get a couple of these prints by Eric Goggin at Destination Art http://destinationart.ca
They have lots of local art featured throughout the cafe as well. They also have live music featured from time to time. (My son just informed me their name is taken after a Beatles song- they really do love their music I guess). It was so nice to see this business supporting other locals and we in turn can support them.
I hope you can all get down and try the mussels or anything else on the menu!. It all looked delicious.
See you next time on ” The Road to Waterside”!