Moules Frites

March 04, 2010

Moules Frites

Bustling bohemian Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California is where you will find Lilly's French Cafe & Bar, as well asChef/Owner Francis Bey, who let us ‘Steal This Recipe’ for Moules Frites – a classic French dish. 
When Lilly’s opened on Abbot Kinney in 1999, it was one of only two restaurants on the street. In the past decade, the street has become an iconic dining destination with blocks of new restaurants coming and going. The secret to the longevity and popularity of Lilly’s French Café and Bar is keep it simple and welcoming, serve delicious food, offer good wines and good service and continue to be one of the great neighborhood restaurants that launched the legendary dining community of Abbot Kinney. Chef Francis has created a new menu at Lilly’s that keeps prices reasonable while focusing on quality French comfort foods and the new bar menu is filled with Petit Bites priced between $3 and $8. The main dining room patio, always the heart of Lilly’s, is now completely covered for year round al fresco dining. 

About the chef: 
Francis came to Los Angeles as opening chef at Bistango. He worked on the 1984 Olympics, spent time at the 7th Street Bistro and somewhere in between, opened Bruce Willis’ Sun Valley restaurant, The Mint. Before coming to the United States, he worked on the Orient Express London to Paris as well as with some well-known French chefs. Francis and co-owner of Lilly’s, Yon Idiart, have been friends for years and for the past decade have heaped their respective talents on the restaurant - creating a comfortable and very French bistro ambience.

Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
1031 Abbot Kinney Boulevard,
Venice, CA 90291
310 314 0004

Moules Frites is served at Lilly's French Cafe & Bar for $20.

This recipe makes 4 restaurant servings.

Moules Frites Ingredients:
4 lbs of black mussels (preferably from Prince Edward Island in Canada - available at Santa Monica Seafood in LA or any good fish store throughout the country)
1/2 oz chopped garlic
1 oz chopped shallots
1 oz chopped parsley
1 oz butter
1 oz olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 oz white wine

Steal This Recipe® Step by Step Instructions for the Moules Frites:
Soak the mussels in cold water and clean one by one to make sure all sand and grit are out.
In a large pot put olive oil and butter and melt under a low heat.
Add shallots and garlic and cook on top of stove for 1 minute.
Add the mussels and toss in pot to mix with olive oil and butter mixture.
Cover the pot and allow them to steam for a minute or two until open.
Add the white wine and allow a minute more.
Toss in the parsley and then pour into serving bowl.
Serve immediately.
Frites, or French fries, can be made separately and frozen can be used as well.
Bon appétit!

The following nutritional analysis is based on an approx. at home 6oz serving of mussels only.

Nutrient Name Nutrient Value Unit Daily Value %
Calories 180     
Calories from Fat 70     
Total Fat 8  g   12% 
Saturated Fat 2  g   10% 
Trans Fat 0  g    
Cholesterol 45  mg   15% 
Sodium 450  mg   19% 
Carbohydrates 7  g   2% 
Dietary Fiber 0  g   0% 
Sugars 0  g    
Protein 18  g    
Vitamin A   IU   10% 
Vitamin C   mg   25% 
Calcium   mg   4% 
Iron   mg   35% 

Nutritional information provided by