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OverviewMulti-award-winning chef Frankie Mallon presides over the seafood restaurant at An Port Pór in Westport, Mayo.
Taste the Wild Atlantic Way at Frankie Mallon’s multi-award-winning restaurant in the heart of the beautiful coastal town of Westport, County Mayo. At An Port Mór you’ll find great food made using the finest Irish ingredients cooked to perfection.
Frankie Mallon is a chef with the lightest of touches. He takes the finest and freshest ingredients and cooks them to perfection. The juicy flesh of Clew Bay cooked perfectly in the shell is combined with local salad leaves for a dream of a first course. Fresh turbot is given the simplest of treatments, pan-fried until crisp on the outside and moist in the middle, then perched on vibrant tasting garden vegetables from a nearby grower. Give him half a chance with some rich local buttermilk and you’ll end up with the creamiest panna cotta you can imagine. He serves these treats at his restaurant An Port Mór, nestled in the heart of Westport, Co. Mayo. What can we tell you about the food? No big fuss or fancy shenanigans in the kitchen, just hard work and total commitment from a chef who loves the ingredients of his region, and treats them with the utmost respect.
Many years’ cooking experience, including a stint with celebrity chef Paul Rankin in Belfast, and at top kitchens in Paris and Switzerland, have culminated in Frankie’s own establishment, An Port Mór. Not bad going for a man who only came to Westport for a summer season fifteen years ago. He’s now resident there, where the restaurant’s name is linked to his birthplace in Blackwater Town, Armagh; Frankie’s way of keeping in touch with his roots.
Everything on the menu shouts west coast Ireland in a big way. For those looking for a serious local food experience, this is one of those ‘not to be missed’ places in Ireland. We love the flawless style of cooking, the cosy feel of the intimate dining room, the warm west coast welcome of the staff, and most of all we love the charming, unassuming Frankie Mallon and his natural way of making ‘simple’ seem easy to achieve. He lets his ingredients have their own voice and uses his skills to make them sing – pure harmony we reckon.
As for what to eat at An Port Mór, try the local fish from the Atlantic coast of Mayo. This is the place to eat fish in Mayo with turbot, monkfish, and cod all served fresh as can be. The menu also features Clew Bay lobster and mussels, Inishturk crab, Achill Island smoked salmon and sea trout, and Connemara Smokehouse products, all adding to the seafood experience here. Meat eaters are catered to with Sean Kelly’s award-winning black puddings and three-week dry-aged beef, or lamb sourced directly from the hills of Westport.
All of this is served in delightful surroundings – the dining room has a bistro feel with a small eating space at the entrance, the main intimate galley space at the rear, and a separate private dining room upstairs, perfect for small groups and parties. An Port Mór is situated in one of the alley side streets in the town centre – very Mediterranean in its feel, with tables and chairs under the awning outside adding to that atmosphere. A great spot for a pre-dinner drink before taking your table inside, or for coffee after dinner. People-watching comes free of charge.
Head chef and owner Frankie Mallon is a member of Euro-toques (the European Community of Chefs & Cooks) and is committed to sourcing locally and supporting small food producers wherever possible. It’s not for nothing that An Port Mór was named Bord Bia’s Just Ask Restaurant of the Month in December 2014.
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