Rich Mussel Bisque with Shrimpmeat Garlic Toasts and Nasturtiums

Preparation info
  • Serves

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


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By Jeremiah Tower

Published 2002

  • About

Billi-Bi is a mussel soup made famous by Maxim’s in Paris, and I can never think of mussel soup without thinking of some very louche lunches there, when I always ordered this soup.

As with the Billi-Bi, in my restaurant we didn’t put the mussels in the soup, if only for profit reasons (getting money for the mussels twice). They were used at lunch in a creamed gratin (no cheese) or served as a snack sizzling in garlic oil. Sometimes we made a sandwich out of them with hot nan from ou