Menus are laminated to prevent staining from diners' spilled coffee or attempts to pen “lobster” into every item’s description. Get the dish you really want with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of seafood and sushi at Le Mussels in Apex.
Le Mussels brings the sea to the tables of landlubbers through a menu riddled with fresh seafood entrees, burgers, and signature sushi rolls. Savory mussels beckon to patrons just like the Sirens that sank Columbus' first fleet, with options such as mussels and bacon ($12.95)—made with garlic, tomato, basil, and fettuccine—or the Tom Yum mussels ($11.95), mixed with lemongrass, lime leaves, chili, and mushrooms. Jumbo sea scallops ($18.95) sear in a pan of soy butter, and skewered shrimp ($15.95) bathe in a sweet orange-cream sauce. The chef prepares various signature sushi rolls, topping a california roll ($10.50) with baked crab, scallops, and hot lava to form the volcano roll. Shades of blue sea wash over walls inside the newly renovated restaurant, which hosts a sleek black bar and open kitchen where guests can watch chefs prepare dishes and duel with swordfish.
Inside the kitchen at Le Mussels, chefs combine Asian, American, and tropical influences, revering seafood above all and using it to unite disparate culinary styles. Pots of mussels can arrive in a traditional broth of white wine, garlic, and butter, or in an international mélange with cilantro, Japanese sake, or spicy Italian sausage. During each mealtime rush, housemade mango salsa is poured generously over coconut-crusted tilapia while the kitchen’s grill tops teem with Angus-beef patties and tuna steaks.
Eleven flat-screen televisions surround the intimately lit dining room, which creates a modern, industrial ambiance with its high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and coal-powered napkin dispensers. As the sounds of sports broadcasts echo throughout the space, guests can visit the bar and snag a hand-shaken cocktail or a beer from the ever-changing selection of 18 domestic and imported drafts.