Sunday, 5 January 2014

House of Crabs - Level 1, 305 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills

First of all, Happy New Year!  I have been slack lately and have not posted as much as I would have liked.  Anyway I hope you still like reading my reviews and will continue to do so in 2014.  There is still a mighty long list of new places I want to try and write about.  So please stay tuned.

Ok so finally I went here just before Christmas and after all the fun pics that I had seen on social media I was really hoping it was going to be a good night of good food! And. . . it didn't disappoint! As soon as you walk upstairs from the Norfolk pub you are transported to an interior filled with fishing paraphernalia. Nets hanging down from the ceiling with buckets, shells and specials written on blackboards. Quirky and fun. Lots of groups. Being a super hot night though it was quite warm up there!
There were 7 of us so it meant we could taste all the four different sauces: Cajun, Mexican, Oriental and Lemon Pepper and a variety of the tasty shellfish on offer. Of course we had to have the King Crab x2, the most meatiest, followed by the Snow Crab x2 and the Queensland prawns x1 topped off with the special of yabbies x1. But as we were a hungry bunch we also ordered starters of Crab, black bean and chorizo balls, fried chicken, lobster fries x3 and the Southern Romaine salad for a bit of green factor. And dessert for a few of us.  All of it including beers was only $45 or thereabouts per person.  Pretty good I say for all that fresh seafood.
The weighed out portions of crab come in clear bags filled with the tasty sauces and the delicious shellfish. Bibs are a must as it is a messy ordeal. Shell goes everywhere. The scissors are genius! So easy to cut the soft shell of those long legs and pry it open with your plastic glove covered fingers to get to that juicy sweet crab meat out and into your mouth. Mmmmmmm. I must say the Cajun sauce was my fave. Lemon pepper at the bottom. Anyway here are the pics of our seafood feast.

 Romaine salad, my only gripe of the night, was it was a bit exxy for what it was at $16.

Fried chicken times four big pieces.  Crunchy and tasty especially the mayo. $18.

The Lobster fries were amazing for $12.  Very American.
The crab chorizo and blackbean balls were a tad salty.  But were well received. $15

The yabbies (Didn't get the price of this special)  were not very meaty but the prawns ($25)  were huge! 

The King Crab!  So good!  $45 per bag of 500grams of crab heaven.

I was too full for the dessert but here is the Waffle Sandwich, good for $12.  It was huge.  I had a bite and it was good.  Not much to add as I'm not a dessert fan.
I totally recommend this joint. If not once, then twice.  I'm planning my next trip back already!
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