A Delightful Lunch at Mourne Seafood Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland

by Janis on July 22, 2017

During an unplanned port day in Belfast on our 14-Day Celtic Explorer Cruisewe returned to a favorite seafood restaurant discovered during a prior visit to Northern Ireland.

Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, IrelandThe Mourne Seafood Bar, located on Bank Street in central Belfast, is the destination for fresh, local seafood. The restaurant sources all of its shellfish from its own shellfish beds at the foot of the Mourne Mountains south of Belfast.

fish in the window, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, IrelandAs you enter the restaurant, — or just walk by– you can preview the fresh fish on the menu by looking into the window where the offerings are displayed on ice.

After a busy morning of hiking and exploring the views from Belfast Castle, we were quite hungry. This always leads us to over order.

seafood chowder, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, Northern IrelandMr. Jones can never pass up a seafood chowder, something he is known for making at home. While he can be a tough critic, he gave the chowder at Mourne a high rating.Piri Piri prawns, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, Northern IrelandI started with the Piri Piri prawns, a spicy appetizer. Portuguese in origin, Piri piri sauce is generally made with crushed chilies, onion, peppers, paprika, and a number of other spices.

This dish is tasty but the spice overwhelms the prawns.

fish and chips, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, Northern IrelandMr. Jones ordered his standard lunch when in the United Kingdom or Ireland — fish and chips, that is served with a side of mushy peas.

What he most enjoyed during our lunch was helping eat my mussels.

Mourne mussels in white wine and cream, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, Northern IrelandAs we learned during our prior visit, the Mourne mussels in white wine and cream are the star entree at the Mourne Seafood Bar. While they are served with a crusty roll, we knew to order extra bread.

A fan of Mourne Mussels, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, IrelandThe extra bread is important as you work your way through the mound of mussels. The best part is the remaining sauce, sopped up with crusty bread, and savored while drinking a glass of Sancerre wine. Really, this is all we needed for a delightful lunch at the Mourne Seafood Bar.

Scallop Linguine, Mourne Seafood Bar, Belfast, IrelandIn case you visit for dinner, you might want to try the Scallop Linguine, a favorite from our prior visit to the Mourne Seafood Bar. Or, this dish may be crab linguine, depending on what shellfish is in season.

Like most great restaurants, there is a cookbook, which we almost purchased. But those pesky airline weight restrictions made us reconsider. Luckily, however, the Mourne cookbook is available via Amazon:
Mourne Seafood Bar: The Cookbook

Have you visited Belfast? Where’s your favorite spot to dine?

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We used this book to help plan our day in Belfast, as it includes a detailed section on Northern Ireland and Belfast (although they are part of the United Kingdom)

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