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Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends

August 11th 2021


by Aude Camus
 
Taking over the bright large space that was previously Beef & Liberty, Ministry of Mussels has recently opened its doors in California Tower. With no less than 11 large HD 4K TC screens, it is one of the most spacious sports bars in town. But if your idea of a sports bar is a dirty place that smells like cheap food and beer, filled with loud (when not drunk) people and where kids aren’t really welcome then you’ve come to the wrong place because Ministry of Mussels is a family-friendly restaurant catering to any occasions from happy hour and power lunch to casual get-togethers and family brunches.
 
 
Interior Design

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
Expect elevated sports bar vibes in the 4,000 sq. ft space featuring a dining room and a balcony. The standalone bar seats at the very heart of the restaurant and the dining room is dressed in orange tones and honey-hued wood.

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
I love the floor-to-ceiling window allowing natural day light in and the industrial-style light fixtures bathing the space in golden light at night. On top of the 11 screens live-streaming sports, guests can also gather around the beer pong tables to relive their uni years.
 
 
Drinks
 
Well it wouldn’t be a proper sports bar without a pint or two, am I right? Ministry of Mussels have you covered whether it is a draught beer or a bottle one that you are in the mood for. And if you’re not so much of a beer drinker, they still have plenty of options for you including wine, cider, cocktails, whiskies, gin, soft drinks, milkshakes and cheeky alcoholic shakes (note to self: must try the alcoholic Cookies & Cream milkshake next time) and more.
 
 
Food

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
In case its name of the place isn’t explanatory enough, Ministry of Musssels plates up a nice range of mussels dishes, served in delicious broth. Cue Classic French White Wine mussels, Singapore Laksa mussels in coconut cream and Thai chili, Italian Formaggi mussels (think four cheese pasta meet mussels), Singapore Chili Crab mussels and more. Each mussels dish is priced at HKD 318 and comes with the options of toasted French baguette, French fries or deep-fried “Mantou” steamed buns to soak up all the broth.
 
What else? Expect all your sports bar classics from chicken wings and mac & cheese to steaks, ribs, Angus beef burger and pasta. In a nutshell, comfort food at its best.
 
 
Must-order dishes:

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
The Spread Your Wings and Fry (HKD 138), a spicy take on your classic chicken wings as these little babies are covered in Korean spicy sauce before being fried. Finger lickin’ good, literally.  
 

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
The Singapore Chili Crab Mussels in which the Australian blue mussels are cooked with Singapore’s sweet and spicy chili crab sauce.
 
 
For the little ones

Ministry of Mussels: sports bar on weekdays, family favourite on weekends
Real kid-friendly restaurants are rare enough in Hong Kong for Ministry of Mussels to deserve a shoutout. Not only is the restaurant offering a Kids’ Menu, it also features a padded play zone where kids can have fun while parents enjoy their food. What’s more is that kids under 10 brunching with their parents on weekend eat for free* until 30 September 2021.
 
 
Ministry of Mussels
3/F, California Tower, Lan Kwai Fong – Central
 

 
This write-up is based on a complimentary media dinner hosted by Ministry of Mussels. No money has been paid for this article which is entirely based on the genuine opinion of its author.



















 


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