I've had a few unsatisfactory experiences lately ordering mussels in restaurants, and am wondering if I'm just being too picky -- what is an "acceptable" percentage, in your opinion, of unopened mussels to have in a serving?
The other night, for example, I went to a nice restaurant where I had a "small plate" of mussels, and out of about 12, 4 were unopened (and another 1 was questionable)... I thought this wasn't quite right, and pointed it out to the waitress, who seemed to think I was being a pain, although she did bring me out some more. Was I out of line?
I guess I don't understand why this often happens, because when I make mussels at home, I rarely ever get one that doesn't open -- maybe I overcook them? I mean, do the restaurants need to give them another minute or two so more open? Or are 1/4 of this restaurant's mussels already dead?
I'm just really confused. Please enlighten me!