The Top 100 List: #70 Le Central’s “Moulets et Frites (mussels and fries)”

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Le Central’s “Moules et Frites (mussels and fries)”

Location: Broadway and 8th

Rating: 6 (out of 10)

Price: $10

The Skinny: Wait… aren’t Mussels and Fries a Belgian thing?  Some quick research turns up that it indeed is, and not just a “thing” but in fact their national dish.  Not one to let the Belgians have their day in the sun, the French have taken over this dish in Denver at the staging point of Le Central – proving once and for all that, yes, the French can pillage and conquer another country just like everyone else.

Le Central is a charming place.  Cozy, intimate, and inviting.  Just the kind of place that a bowl of Mussels and Fries can warm up the soul on a chilly winter afternoon.  It didn’t disappoint.  The 30 or so mussels come in big bowls of broth, the ingredients of which you choose beforehand from what seems like 15 different varieties.  I had mine with mushrooms, white wine, onions, garlic, cream, and brandy – but they had some others that I nearly tried (bacon and mustard caught my eye, go figure).

The mussels tasted perfectly fine – like most other mussels I’ve ever had in my life, and the broth was hot, creamy, and flavorful.  The unlimited fries, on the other hand, were a little disappointing.  As 50% of the dish’s namesake, it needs to be considered, and on this occasion they were average at best.  There was no crunch to them.  It was almost like they were steamed prior to arriving at my table, and that had taken all of the bite out of them.  I naturally finished my first plate of them, but no more!  Overall, I was a fan of the whole thing, but in occasional doses.

AGREE OR DISAGREE?

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4 Responses to “The Top 100 List: #70 Le Central’s “Moulets et Frites (mussels and fries)””

  • Jen Says:

    Too funny. I had this dish, not long ago and I actually sent my fries back. It actually takes alot for me to do that…as a former restaurant partner and manager, I usually just suck it up or don’t eat it as I know what happens to patrons meals that are sent back, lol, but like you mentioned, there are ONLY two components to this mean, to fail at one is failing 50%. The mussels, well they were okay, the broth was good, not suck it off my fingers and ask for more bread to drench, but acceptable. I would say in their favor, that in my opnion the price was spot on, I think that if the fries had not been limp upon service, that for $10 it was a good meal.

  • jko Says:

    Jen,
    I agree about the broth – it was decent, but not mind blowing or anything. And you’re 100% right about the price. At a hair under $10, it was an enjoyable time that I’ll probably repeat at some point in the near future. At $15 bucks, I would have never gone back for it.

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