Frank’s Restaurant & Mussel Bar
Frank’s restaurant in West Malling opens at 6pm but was already starting to get busy when we arrived early on a Wednesday evening. We were greeted by two friendly waitresses who quickly took us to our table. The restaurant has recently had a makeover and, although always comfortable, now looks brighter and more spacious. There is a naturally relaxed atmosphere with the efficient, but sociable, staff putting customers at ease.
Once we had chosen our courses the service was swift. Our family, like many, includes meat lovers, pescatarians and vegetarians so we were pleased to see that there really was something for everyone on the menu! Our first courses included the crispy deep fried breaded brie, a delicious fresh crab cocktail with brioche toast and the huge Mediterranean prawns served hot with a garlic and chilli butter. These were all accompanied by a lovely salad. We also had a tasty, creamy tomato soup. Other starters include pate of the house, scallops grilled with hazelnut butter and crispy duck salad. Prices range from £4.95 to £8.50.
Frank’s Restaurant has a wide choice of beers including Blonde, Pilsner, Wheat, Dark, Amber, Pale, Trappist, Fruit and Draft beers. Wine drinkers have not been forgotten as the restaurant has a good Red, White, Rose and Champagne available by the glass and bottle.
On Mondays and Thursdays diners can choose from the special Moules Menu or the usual a la carte menu. The Moules menu offers ‘mussels of your choice with frites, mayonnaise, or baguette and a choice of dessert for £15.50.’
There are a good selection of meat and fish dishes together with a range of 22 different mussel dishes. Vegetarians are also catered for with a choice of two main courses or mix and match from the starters. The men in the family chose the 10oz rib eye steak and the surf and turf rib eye with whole lobster tail. Both are served with a side salad and fries. You can choose a sauce from garlic butter, peppercorn, blue cheese, or whisky and mushroom. The steaks and lobster tail were juicy, full flavoured and perfectly cooked as ordered. We also ordered the plump house moules (white wine, garlic and cream) accompanied by crispy frites with some baguette to soak up the delicious sauce and the creamy mushroom stroganoff. Portions at Franks are generous so healthy appetites will not be disappointed!
Other main courses include a vegetable crepe with mushrooms, leek and brie, a 10oz veal T bone, pan roasted chicken, lamb’s liver bacon and onions, beef bourguignon, sea bass fillet, lobster, and halibut in lobster bisque. Prices range from £14.00 to £35.00 (for the lobster Thermidor).
We shared a couple of tarte au citron between us with an expresso coffee – the perfect end to the meal. If you have room our previous favourites have included the wonderful Crepes Suzette which is flambéed at the table and the fresh Belgian waffle served with ice cream. Other desserts include warm chocolate fudge cake, French apple tart and strawberry Eton mess waffle. Main desserts cost £5.20 with the Crepe Suzette priced at £8.95.
Frank’s Restaurant and Mussel Bar is a great place to go with family or friends – why not pop along?
T: 01732 843247 www.franksrestaurantandmusselbar.com