Franks’ Restaurant & Mussel Bar is one of our most popular local restaurants. With a history stretching back several generations and located in a prime position on West Malling High Street it is rare to find someone who has not heard of it.
The restaurant is located in a 16th century building, formerly called The Bakery, with traditional open log fire and exposed beams creating a relaxing, cosy atmosphere. Despite arriving early for our booking on a busy Saturday night we were warmly welcomed and looked after by Frank and his team.
We were there to celebrate my mum’s 80th birthday and were shown to a lovely corner table out of the way of the hustle and bustle. We enjoyed a glass of champagne whilst checking out the menu; I always find it tricky to choose at Franks’ due to there being so many delicious options!
For starters we had gooey, deep-fried, breaded brie with chilli sauce, garlicky pan-fried scallops with chorizo and samphire, house pate, crisp whitebait and hot Mediterranean prawns.
Everything was tasty, except for the prawns which were too salty. However, after speaking with the waitress, these were quickly replaced by a creamy prawn avocado cocktail. Starters are priced from £6 to £12.
Staff at Franks’ are friendly, caring and professional which goes a long way to helping you relax when you are looking after a group of different ages and needs.
The a la carte menu includes a mussel menu with 22 different options and a main menu with fish, meat and vegetarian choices. Although well known for the mussel menu, the restaurant is also popular with regulars for the excellent quality of their steaks. My mum ordered, and loved, the Tornedos Rossini, a classic dish of fillet steak served on a crouton with pate and a mushroom and red wine sauce, whilst my dad plumped for the beef bourguignon. He described it as one of the best he’s eaten. Others chose the rib eye and the fillet steak which come with a choice of blue cheese, peppercorn or garlic butter sauce and are accompanied by chips, tomato and mushroom. The rest of our group couldn’t resist the mussels! Served in a large pot with bread, chips and mayonnaise they are a true flavour fest. Mains are priced from £17 to £34 with mussels at £17.50. Vegetarian dishes include mushroom stroganoff and beetroot risotto with goats cheese. Gluten free options are plentiful, but Franks’ also recommend to mention any allergies when you book.
Franks’ are currently operating a two-sitting booking – one around 6pm and one at 8.15pm. We were on the late one and so were able to take time to digest our main meal before ordering dessert. A few of us chose the ice creams but it’s worth noting
that Frank’s offer the classic Crepe Suzette served with Grand Marnier and flambeed at your table. It’s not on many restaurant menus and so was a treat we were unable to resist.
We had a lovely celebration at Frank’s – thank you to all who made the evening so special!
Frank’s Restaurant & Mussel Bar
53-57 High Street