Move aside, meat – summer is on its way and we’re craving seafood. We can rarely resist lobster or a really good fish and chips, but if we had to choose a favourite, it would definitely be crab. It’s versatile, low calorie, and packed full of minerals and omega-3 fatty acids. So where should you go to get your crab fix this summer? Here are some of our favourites…
Crab linguine at Daphne’s – Flecked with chilli and parsley, the golden strands look as good twirled around the fork as they taste in the mouth. Try it for yourself at Daphne’s, an elegant but unpretentious Italian restaurant between Chelsea and South Kensington. It’s a great choice for lunch or an early supper if you’re visiting the Natural History Museum or the Royal Albert Hall. The menu changes with the seasons but diners can look forward to dishes like rabbit tortellini, Dover sole, and roast rump of lamb with caponata and salsa verde.
The CLAW Burger – Shellfish burger specialists CLAW source sustainable crabs from Start Bay in Devon and turn them into incredible street food dishes. Their classic CLAW burger is topped with lettuce, samphire slaw and lemon aioli, while the kimchi burger is spiced up with kimchi slaw and a sriracha reduction. You can find them at KERB on The Quay every Wednesday and they’re also popping up at Skylon on the Southbank this summer.
Soft shell crab sliders at Maze Grill – Inspired by the steakhouses of Manhattan, Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill specialises in rare breed steaks, fish and poultry. They also serve expertly prepared sushi, sashimi, and smaller dishes like these soft shell crab sliders with cocktail sauce. Try them for yourself at Maze Grill Mayfair or Park Walk.
Cornish crab on Guinness brown toast at Dalloway Terrace – Just a stone’s throw from busy Oxford Street, this indoor-outdoor terrace is set to be this summer’s hottest alfresco dining destination. If it’s a little chilly, don’t panic – they have a retractable roof and cosy blankets to keep you warm. They serve breakfast (and brunch), afternoon tea, and small plates like asparagus with hollandaise, crispy squid, and the most delicious Cornish crab and apple on Guinness brown toast.
Devilled quail egg at Talli Joe – This West End newcomer serves Indian-inspired cocktails and small plates, including this crab meat Scotch egg served with tadka mayo. Situated on Shaftesbury Avenue, it’s a handy pre-theatre dinner option and only a short walk from Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. We also liked their rasam shrimp shot and the cheese-stuffed naan brushed with truffle ghee.
Sen chan pad Thai at Busaba Eathai – If you’ve got a gang of friends to feed, Busaba is always a good option. With its communal tables, friendly staff and killer cocktails, it’s a top choice for lunch or a mid-week treat. We like their fragrant curries and spicy stir-fries, but if it’s crab you’re after, try their famous sen chan pad Thai. It’s packed with plump pink prawns, peanuts, green mango and a generous topping of fresh crab meat.
Devon crab salad at Galley – Galley opened on Upper Street earlier this year and immediately impressed critics and locals with its precise cooking and slick service. Head chef Marcel Grzyb used to lead the kitchen at Randall & Aubin in Soho so it’s no surprise that the fish and seafood dishes are first class. One of the best-selling small plates is this hand-picked Devon crab salad served with chilled cucumber soup, green chilli, and mint.
Red Lantern soft shell crab at Hutong – Situated on level 33 of The Shard, Hutong offers panoramic views of the London skyline and a menu of authentic dishes from Northern China. Perhaps the most famous dish of all is their Red Lantern soft shell crab, where the crispy crabs are buried in a pile of fragrant Sichuan chillis. If you’re celebrating, go for dinner and watch the sun set over London while you tuck into more of their signature dishes, such as roast Peking duck and braised Chinkiang pork ribs.
Crab & Waffle at Crab Tavern – At this Broadgate Circle restaurant, they serve crab every way you could imagine, from Maryland crab cakes to soft shell crab burgers with red pepper jelly. For something a little different, try their light and fluffy waffles topped with fresh crab meat, guacamole, crab mayo and chilli. At the weekend, they serve a wallet-friendly 3-course brunch (including booze) for just £35 per head.
Still hungry? Try the legendary crab lasagne at Galvin La Chapelle or splash out on Norwegian king crab and superb steaks at Beast. Bonnie Gull serves a whole Selsey crab with dressed brown meat and legs to crack, plus a delicious starter of curried crab fritters with mango and lime pickle. Have we missed your favourite? Tell us in the comments below.