Mussel Men: Dalston diner sources the freshest seafood

Mussel Men's garden off Kingsland Road

Mussel Men's garden off Kingsland Road - Credit: Archant

Considering Robin Dunlop grew up on his family’s oyster farm in Scotland, it’s no wonder he’s so particular about sourcing the finest, fresh and reasonably sourced, seafood at his own restaurant, Mussel Men.

Mussel Men's cured salmon and beet salad

Mussel Men's cured salmon and beet salad - Credit: Archant

With its origins serving food out of a van at pop-ups and festivals, Mussel Men has been based in Kingsland Road, Dalston, since 2014 and serves up inventive seafood dishes.

The quality of the fish and seafood shines through here – which was particularly apparent in the cod, sashuka and spring veg main that I ordered, priced at £17.

The lovely and fresh, chunky piece of cod which was served with chewy gnocci was complimented but not by the unusual smoky tomato sauce.

Scallops and haggis crumble at Mussel Men

Scallops and haggis crumble at Mussel Men - Credit: Archant

For starters, there are a choice of Irish, English or Scottish oysters, with three starting at £7.


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I opted for the salmon which is impressively cured in-house with salt and sugar, and served with beetroot and a wonderful homemade horseradish ricotta – flavours which once again complimented the fish.

For mains, my friend opted for the mussels, which came with skinny fries, in a really tasty classic mariniere clear white wine broth at £13.

Sunday roast at Mussel Men

Sunday roast at Mussel Men - Credit: Archant

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To inaugurate the opening of its new bar, signature sea-themed cocktails include a Ginger Storm with rum, lime, ginger and bitters, and an East India, with gin, mint and cucumber, both at a reasonable £8.

On top of that, with a glorious new garden area, Mussel Men is the perfect spot to enjoy a summer’s evening for sea and land lovers alike.

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