[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