[Updated] Fickle Mussel has closed and is replaced by Craftman Specialty Coffee.

[Original Entry] Who would have known? A French cuisine inspired café specialising in mussel dishes, which might have stayed too true to its name though.

A few weeks ago, the café at Goldhill Shopping Centre (same row as Udders had a Thai-Western fusion concept, but became fickle-minded – the concept and several items on the menu have changed within weeks of operation.

On its menu consist of some French food items – Escargots ($9.90 for half a dozen), French Onion Soup ($10.90), Poulet Rotisserie ($12.90), Duck Breast with orange blueberry sauce ($16.90) and Foie Gras Burger ($18.90).

For a mussel-based café, I was anticipating for more varieties, but there were only four – Creamy Mussels, Marinara Mussels, Old School garlic-herb based and Laksa Mussels (all $12.90 each).

I was most intrigued by the idea of Laksa Mussels, and had envisioned this to be hugely appetising.

My first reaction was I took the first spoonful was, “Why so weird one?”

It wasn’t the typical laksa gravy base, rather milky, neither robust nor intense. I was in a don’t-want-to-waste-food mood, and gradually came to accept the dish. Would I have this again? Maybe no. But it has potential.

When I ordered a Foie Gras salad ($12.90), I was expecting a sizable bowl of greens. The presentation might have indicated otherwise – a pan-seared foie gras dish, and the salad was by-the-way.

Both drinks ordered, Iced Red Velvet Latte and Thai Iced Tea Latte tasted ‘syrupy’, but the former was at least satisfactory.

I like the concept, and do think there are enough mussel lovers out there to warrant a café like this, but dishes would need fine-tuning. Will give them some time before coming back again.

[Closed] The Fickle Mussel
173 Thomson Road Goldhill Shopping Centre, Singapore 307623 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 8498 7828
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

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  1. I had lunches twice in this place. On my 1st visit i had a squid ink coated snapper kinda steam + deep fried is very nice and worthy of the price. One 2nd occasion, the dish was changed to fish and chip using dory. Though price for this dish is slightly lower but less satisfactory.


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