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The Quay Cottage Restaurant Westport

Quay cottage

The Quayside, Westport, Co. Mayo.

098 26412

Price: € 0-60 (for two with wine)

Review

The Quay Cottage is situated on the picturesque harbour of the beautiful town of Westport. From the outside the restaurant looks like a quaint little cottage with a welcoming red door and hanging baskets, while inside it opens up into a sizable 80 seater restaurant with high ceilings and separate dining areas.

The view from the windows boasts a stained glass effect of reflecting rainbow colours as the sun bounces off the rushing tide; boats sail by as ducks waddle about without a worry in the world. Sea trout rise as the evenings set in; on a windy day I'm told they get blown in the kitchen window straight onto the frying pan.

It doesn't stop there as you look around at the interior your eyes are treated to a feast of old maritime memorabilia dragged up from the drenches of the ocean floor, creating an impressively rustic sea faring atmosphere. All this is only the start as you pour over the menu you start to get a feeling for what is happening here.

The menus range is extensive and complex with well placed wines to match. All food groups are catered for from seared Margret duck breast, chump of lamb, wild sea bass to Angus fillet. The daily specials make good use of seasonal tastes, insuring only fresh produce is brought to the table. The textures and contrasts are refreshing and exciting; you can try chunky monkfish fillets with crispy Parma ham in the same mouthful, complemented with tomato and garlic salsa.

The restaurant is under the new ownership of Alan Myburgh, with Kevin O Leary as manager. Kevin originally hails from South Africa and spent time cooking with Hugh Fearnsly Whittingstall among others, before settling in Westport some years ago. The Quay Cottage is his latest venture; he also runs the Towers bar and restaurant in the town. They use only the finest of local artisan and organic produce to insure quality and freshness.

The early bird menu which runs weekdays from 6 to 7.30pm offers exceptional value at 24.60 for a 3 course meal comprising some of Ireland's finest produce. The a la carte menu is available from 6 to late daily and Sunday lunch is served from 12.30 to 3.
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