Q1 2023

Jan22686 As an iconic New Zealand restaurant renowned for serving up the best green-lipped mussel dishes on the South Island, The Mussel Pot ticks all the boxes for the perfect dining experience. Acclaimed by locals and travellers alike, we find out just what it is that makes this place a firm favourite amongst diners and a winner in the APAC Business Awards 2022. Best Specialist Seafood Restaurant 2022 - New Zealand Succulent, sweet, and larger than the European variety, the New Zealand greenlipped mussel is so-called owing to the emerald tinge along the shell edge. These delicious giants are grown on ropes or chains dangling in the clear waters and are not only fantastic to eat, but it is also claimed that they have medicinal properties. A quirky little place that has been serving up the famous New Zealand green lippedmussels for the last 20 years is The Mussel Pot, which sits in Havelock, at the edge of the ancient sunken river valleys, filled with Pacific waters, known as Marlborough Sounds. Casual and informal, the restaurant specialises not only in green-lipped mussels but also boasts an impressive selection of New Zealand seafood, burgers, steaks, and pastas (including gluten-free and vegetarian options) which can all be perfectly matched with the famous Marlborough and Nelson wines and local craft beers. Produce is fresh and local using sustainable, free range and organic ingredients wherever possible. Also, the seasonal menu changes regularly, with different menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner, plus a pizza menu tough the winter – there is always something different to try at The Mussel Pot. The small, intimate restaurant provides everything needed for a fantastic experience. From Oct22317 alfresco dining in the summer, to cosying up by the fire on colder nights. The friendly, welcoming atmosphere makes for a fantastic family night out, a romantic meal for two, or a catch-up with friends. Easy to spot (the giant pot of mussels on the rooftop being a bit of a giveaway!), The Mussel Pot is definitely one to try for locals and tourists alike. Recently, the restaurant took the prize for Best Specialist Seafood Restaurant 2022 - New Zealand in the APAC Business Awards - a much-coveted title that it so richly deserves! But don’t just take our word for it, here’s what just a handful of the eatery’s satisfied customers have to say. “I went here for lunch after having friends at work recommend it and I absolutely loved it!” exclaims one delighted diner on their recent visit to The Mussel Pot. “I had the grilled mussels and had a combination of all the flavours and every single one was lovely. There was 16 mussels and four of each flavour. It was great and the mussels were huge! Would definitely go again and would definitely recommend it.” Another agrees that it is certainly ‘a must-try’ venue: “Best mussels in the world. Huge bowl for a very reasonable price, many different ways to try them. Other great dishes available if for some ridiculous reason you do not like mussels. Highly recommended. Do not drive past this place!” And one from a very happy traveller who just can’t wait to return: “Holidayed in NZ for four weeks and the mussels here were by far the best in the South Island and that is saying something as we ate out a lot! We had the tasting plate as an entrée, I’m salivating as I write... The mussels were enormous and the different flavours awesome. Friendly and informative staff. We ate at The Mussel Pot because of a recommendation and on reading all the reviews, it was a must do!” Company: The Mussel Pot (Bookieland Limited) Web Address: www.themusselpot.co.nz