Moule-frites is a very simple and classic Belgian dish that's popular throughout France. In fact, Leon de Bruxelles is actually a large chain restaurant in France. Your thinking, "Overworked Underfed, how could you dine at a chain restaurant??" Dear readers, some chain restaurants are awesome! First off, everything at Lèon de Bruxelles is fresh, never frozen and always made to order. That is saying a lot for affordable seafood. Their menu is quite extensive. Who knew you could make mussels so many different way.
La Plancha de Moules aux Gambas et Calamars des moules, des gambas sauvages, des anneaux de calamar, de la tomate, de l'ail, des herbes de provence
Being grilled as opposed to steamed made the flavors much more concentrated and punchy. One might criticize this as being salty but I liked it. The calamari was extremely tender, while the shrimp was sweet and juicy. They don't lie about the freshness here.
Les Moules à la Provençale la tomate, l'ail, les herbes de provence, les olives noires, l'huile d'olive, vin blanc, crème fraîcheI opted for this version because I love tomatoes and herbs de Provence. The crème fraîche actually did not overwhelm the dish with creaminess. It was just right.