Normally I'm not a fan if sea food but my friend wanted to try this and we were close by, so we went.
It was a great experience. I had the crab cakes for starters and monk fish for main. Tasted fantastic. Prices are reasonable and service was great despite us being there Saturday at 8 pm.
Worth a visit!
We were looking for a place to get seafood and a friendly man outside the Crown Bar told us to go to Mournes. He had to spell it out because to my American ears it sounded like "Moores".
Extremely fresh and delicious seafood. Had the oysters, both natural and japanese style, oyster shooters, fish and chips, squid, and ceviche. Everything was delicious and the prices are pretty reasonable.
Hard to get a reservation but they sometimes have room in the upstairs bar. Its a little off the beaten track so be sure to ask someone for directions if you are going for the first time.
We had a perfect long, lazy Sunday lunch at Mourne Seafood during our recent mini break in Belfast. You can't reserve a table for lunch so turn up nice and early if you want to be sure of bagging a table - we arrived at the Sunday opening time of 1pm and all the tables were taken by 1.30pm.
The dining room is simply but effectively furnished; lots of dark wood, exposed brickwork, blackboards with the daily specials on the walls and a nice relaxed vibe. The young staff are very friendly and helpful.
Everything on the standard menu and the list of daily specials looked very inviting so we bought some time by ordering the Mourne oyster stout and oysters while we swithered over our main courses. The oysters were delicious and at £7 for six I thought that this was a bit of a bargain compared to the eye watering prices you pay in London. If you like Guinness make sure you try the oyster stout because it's a very special pint.
We shared a number of starters between the three of us to ensure maximum coverage of the menu; the crispy seafood dumplings and salt and chilli squid were very, very tasty stand out dishes.
I had a starter size portion of the seared queen scallop risotto with crispy sage and bacon bits as my main dish - a lovey plate of food. Fully loaded with scallops this starter size portion was still a big plate of food; expertly cooked and beautifully presented. Our other mains of shellfish linguine and fillet of monkfish were all superb.
There is plenty of good drinking to be had from the well priced wine list - we enjoyed a very nice bottle Muscadet Serve et Maine, Sur Lie which was £18.50.
We enjoyed our visit so much that we returned the next day for another pint of the oyster stout and some oysters Rockefeller.
A very special place and a "must visit" in Belfast if you want to eat well at a decent price.
Worth a trip to if you're in Belfast. Seriously.
Not super spendy, top-quality seafood, and everything's super fresh. Browse the list of specials & get something from there.
And don't skip the oysters. At £7 for 6 oysters -- well, you won't get such good value most places, and these are lovely cold-water Atlantic oysters. Yum.
Very good linguini with scallops. Didn't like the savingon blanc though.
Having lived in Boston for a decade before arriving here 15 years ago, I pretty much gave up any hope of finding decent seafood here, after so many disappointing dining experiences. I'm astonished by the fact that so much good catch here is exported to the Continent.
Somehow, Mourne Seafood Bar passed me by, partially because of its peculiar location. But one evening Madame Oui invited me out with a couple of her workmates.
This former New Englander can attest that the cuisine at the Mourne Seafood Bar is the best you can get this side of the Atlantic!
My meal started with a bowl of clam chowder. NI cooks have some aversion to one of its main ingredients, potatoes! Not MSB. And good and creamy too.
Main course was fish of some type (memory fails). But it was cooked and served to high standard.
Yet another test for this Yank is cheesecake. I'd love to pass some law here that forbids calling it cheesecake if there's no cream cheese in it! Almost always "cheesecake" is nothing more than mousse on a graham pie base thrown in the fridge. Sorry, but cheesecake contains cream cheese (and sour cream if you're being truly authentic), is BAKED in an oven, then set to cool.
So imagine my delight when the lemon cheesecake I ordered at MSB was just perfect. I really didn't think anyone in NI could pull this off, because lemon and cream cheese is even a little trickier. But it was superb.
I had to pay compliments to our waitress, who had some obvious experience. She explained that the owner was inspired by Legal Sea Foods in Boston (yes, my favourite seafood restaurant in the world), and authenticity is a point of theirs.
Dinner at Mourne Seafood Bar was a highlight of my recent visit to Belfast. Its fresh, local seafood served simply.
I'd definitely agree with other reviewers, that this place doesn't look like much from the outside. Be careful or you'll end up in the rowdy bar right next to it. The entrance is a bit dark, and, as others have said, if you come at night the large stainless steel fish trays are empty, giving the confusing impression that you are entering through the kitchen. Never fear, dear eater, if you press on you will find a lovely interior that is very cozy and relaxed.
Our dinner was superb. While they had a lot of daily specials, I ended up choosing a menu standby, mostly because I just couldn't choose one thing! I can't say enough about my seafood "casserole", which was really more of a stew than what most Americans would think of as a casserole. Large meaty chunks of salmon and whitefish mingled with whole mussels, clams, and crab legs, roasted potatoes, and fennel baked in a light tomato sauce. It was so fresh and the flavors were perfectly blended. I could have used a little more of the delicious bread to sop up the last of the juices. To top it all off, you have try their house-made beer, the oyster stout. Delicious! If you're not a beer fan, they have an extensive wine list as well.
Thanks for a great evening!
I am not a fan of seafood, at all. So when I was dragged along to Mourne Seafood Bar for lunch I was less than enthusiastic. It's location was also a little strange. It's stuck in between the back of a large supermarket and a shopping centre where some of the local homeless like to chill with their finest cheap cider and shout at each other.
Inside it takes you away from it's obscure backstreet settings into a well presented classy little bistro. Sadly, it was a classy little bistro where I just didn't fancy anything on the menu. They did however, have a locally Mourne brewed stout which was to be my very liquid lunch for today. My friends loved the food and couldn't get enough, looking at me as if I have 2 heads because I wouldn't dare try it. So my ignorant, total fear of anything from the briney deep should be ignored and my friends praise and recommendations should be listened to!
Mourne Seafood Bar is 'the' place in Belfast to go for well, seafood! It is absolutely second to none! Its situated next t o Kelly's Cellar, which is how I discovered it, and while it is a strange location to have a restaurant, you forget all about it once your inside!
The menu is extensive and everything is local and very fresh! The chef's really know what they are doing in here and offer everything from crab, mussels, oysters to cod and chips! had the sea bass which was absolutely cooked to perfection and so good I could have gone for more!
It has a relaxing atmosphere while still buzzing with the humdrum of expectant and excited diners of all ages. I highly recommend this place for all Seafood lovers and guarantee it is somewhere you'll come again and again whilst in Belfast!
After going to Kelly's Cellars for a series of alcoholic drinks, I vaguely remembered saying that we had to come back and try this place which is located right beside it. But rather than ignore everything I usually suggest, we actually remembered to come back here. And I am so glad we did. The food is simply out of this world (or out of the sea... ba dum...)
The restaurant has a nice rustic local feel as you would expect with the food being sourced locally. Though it isn't quite flashy and complex decorated, it is the food that makes this place stand out. You don't go to sit in nice seats. You go to have some of... scratch that... the finest fish in Belfast bar none.
We got a seafood platter to share as a starter, and then I got a prawn linguine as I have a bit of a prawn craving roughly once a week where only an over-dose of prawns will suffice.
I washed it all down with Guinness which I'll be honest was a terrible idea because the whole food began to curdle in my stomach so my top tip is if you go here (which you definitely should) you should try to avoid drinking anything heavy.
And with a tab of £40 for two people, it was not as expensive as we thought when we went in, it was a fantastic meal over all.
I'm not a massive fan of fish. In fact before I visited this fabulous restaurant I would have even gone so far as to say that I hated fish - not anymore! I'm not going to claim that my visit to Mournes seafood bar changed my life - it didn't, but it did open me up to a new experience that I had been entirely reluctant to have.
My friends convinced me to go and they would have gladly changed the venue if I had insisted, but I had heard so many great things about Mournes I decided to dive on in and bite the trout!
We went on a Wednesday as far as I recall and the place was bunged, my mates booked it a week in advance because they had heard it gets really busy and apparently lunch is based on first come first served as well because the demand is high. As we approached I could see all the fresh fish on display in the window and was slightly worried about how much toast I would probably have to eat later to fill myself up.
The menu came and I will admit I was scared of everything. I put this fish fear down to years of living with parents who never ate fish and convinced me it was the devils delicacy. I'm ashamed and regretful to say that I didn't get a starter because I didn't like the sound of anything they had to offer. Man, that was a mistake as I sat there with my mouth open and dribbling at the amazing looking plates of food my friends had. I'm a silly sardine.
Right, here goes - my main course arrived and I was ravenous from all the delights around me. I'd just decided to go for it and so I ordered Mourne's seafood casserole consisting of mixed seafood with fresh tomato sauce, potatoes, fennel, thyme and garlic and grilled focaccia. Oh my yummy! The mixture if all the little gems from the ocean was beautiful and the meat was succulent, fresh and almost melting in my mouth. The trimmings were also cooked to perfection. The price was perfection as well - only £13.00 for a great big feed.
Since my wonderful experience at Mournes I have not been back (I will be) but I have developed a liking for fish and now eat it once a week at least - don't tell my parents they would be horrified!
everything here is sooo good!!!!
the panacotta is to die for!
The Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast offers a friendly almost pub environment, with fishmongers in the entrance selling very fresh fish. The fishmonger was well informed and prepared the fish we bought.
The restaurant was homely with a pub environment. The staff were helpful and well informed. The menu is changed daily. The food was wonderful. Fresh food cooked well.
I can't compliment this restaurant enough. It was a wonderful experience eating such wonderful food in such a wonderful environment.
I would recommend it to ANYONE visiting Belfast.
Food: super fresh cheap oysters. We ended up ordering two dozen. We also had a whole sea bass with chili butter. The sea bass was caught earlier that morning and it was delicious. One of my favorite restaurants in Ireland.
You'd think having a white fish allergy would somewhat preclude me from eating here, but alas, shellfish and other assorted seafood is something I adore.
I've been here on a couple of occasion, all of which have been fantastic. The restaurant is a modest sized, welcoming affair. Painted wood, bare wood tables and chairs and a selection of paintings on the wall (some of which are for sale)
The menu is a mixture of fresh fish, seafood and a couple of meat dishes. It does however change regularly with the addition of daily specials (usually freshly caught fish of the day) This is not a plaice (can you see what I did there?) where you're likely to see frozen fish... everything, is caught on the day or within a day or so, during the day the front of this place is actually a fishmongers... which is great.
The mussels are some of the best in the city (although I still prefer my own) Bathed in a light, creamy sauce filled with white wine and fresh herbs they are moist, dense and superb.
You can't go wrong here, if you do pop in do not leave without trying the Oyster Stout, brewed for them by the fantastic Whitewater Brewery. It's essentially an Irish dry stout with oyster shells in the mash, it really works and it's a style that's been around for many a day.
If you like fish, eat here. It's as simple as that. This spacious restaurant also has a fishmonger at the front, which looks great during the day when it is full of chipped ice and fresh fish, but can look a bit freaky when you walk past it on your way in of an evening when it's all stainless steel glinting at you in a menacing fashion.
Once past this though, the restaurant is practical but cosy. It has a huge variety of fish and shellfish, all of which is really well cooked and presented. There are a couple of non-fish dishes - generally steak, chicken etc - just in case you're with someone who is that way inclined.
The crabs are a real treat. You feel like a real hunter gatherer as you crack away at them, poking with the special little implement they provide to uncover tiny mouthfuls of the delicious meat. Fun, but messy, and don't order this if you're starving as they require time and a bit of hard work. I recommend ordering them for desert so you can pick over them while relaxing after you undoubtedly delicious meal.
This restaurant welcomes you, gives you informtion about everything on the menu, delivers the best seafood we had in Belfast and made us happy we came.
In our short week in Belfast we ate there twice and each time was sensational.
Rarely have I sampled food this good for such a reasonable price. If you like seafood, this is the place to go in Belfast. Don't let the spartan interior fool you, this is a top range restaurant with friendly and professional staff and a superb menu. Highly recommended.
Food was very good-- fish crispy on skin side and tender flesh... With good, creative and tasty accompaniments. Dessert-- did not expect much, but it was delicious (choc torte with soft center).
Atmosphere-- cozy and comfy. But from the outside, the place looked closed for the season. Don't let that fool you.
Service-- good/interesting. We were happy to be accommodated w/o reservations. Saw several other parties turned away.
Great little place. Had monkfish and it was delicious. Service was very friendly and attentive. I would definitely go back again.
You cannot, simply cannot go wrong here. If you are a
Fan of seafood cuisine, then you must eat in here. It's a lovely experience. Now, it's not in the most fantastic location, it's kind of plonked out the back of the large Shopping Centre called Castlecourt, and you would ideally like it to be situated on the waterfront of the city, but despair not - once you get inside you forget all that because the food is second to none. It's always really busy and has a positive, exciting vibe, you're always surrounded by chatty, interesting people, and it's never quiet. They serve everything from Oysters, to mussels, salads, crab, steak and traditional fish and chips. All the fish is freshly caught in Dundrum Bay (where their main branch is), and is well cooked and beautifully presented. And there is always something for the non-fish lovers...my husband was very relieved to see steak on the menu. Go for the large pot of mussels - you won't regret it.
If you love seafood this is the place. You know what your getting straight away when you walk in the door and the smell of fish hits you from the front of shop that is a fish mongers by day. The atmosphere is friend and welcoming with down stairs more intimate for two than upstairs but throughout the entire place there is a lovely pub buzz. Have been at least 5 times and have never been let down. I would recommend it to anyone but you have to book in good time especially at the weekend.
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