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Fancy Crab Restaurant

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by Shikainah Champion-Samuel (subscribe)
A great believer in exploring the off beat, non-touristy things hidden inside every city.
Published September 10th 2017
This is one for all those crab aficionados
Crab, Fancy Crab
The piece de resistance!


So, I'm the one in red, yes, they do accord me a VIP status in the place! From the moment go, I watch, interested. Anywhere, I am sure, this whole 'only one item on the menu' thing comes with a certain kind of performance anxiety as everything rests with the prima donna or prima crustacean in this case. Anyway, the very friendly staff first do their bit, almost like a curtain raiser before the grand opera of the crab begins! I watch and see that the customer is hooked and settles for a grilled portion of leg.

Whilst waiting, the table receives a complimentary delightful little plate of rolls with seaweed butter (yes, still the curtain raiser thing going on there). A starter of fresh oyster nestling on a bed of ice, with a lemon and some chilli sauce makes its appearance, priced at a reasonable 3 per piece (since last week, it has now actually reduced to 2.50 per piece!). A good prelude before the show, which now is ready to begin. The grilled meat, teased out from the shell, for mess-free eating is accompanied by Hollandaise sauce and a pleasing little pail of fries.

fancy crab
Of crabs and spirits / Source: fancycrab.co.uk/gallery
I taste perfection in every bite taken- soft, cooked in thyme butter. There is a bar operating as well, but the customer being teetotal decides to stick with water (anyway, with crab being the thing to taste, when one walks into this place, I kind of agree with her).

I can hear the sales manager tell the first-time customer that this a rather new venture of a few months old and they are hoping it will become a hit. Further, there is a treat waiting for new customers- dessert on the house! An array of choices ranging from the usual sorbets to cheese boards as well as a rather unusual one of lemon and lavender flavoured creme brulee. The customer settles for that one and I can see that they are enjoying the very authentic taste of the lavender flavour. They then promise to review the place too.

fancy crab, wall art
Wall art! / Source: fancycrab.co.uk/gallery


For that person who comes into Fancy Crab, sees the giant crab art on the wall, the menu screaming crab and yet asks for meat, they do have a beef burger and char-grilled chicken option (well, I'd really like to give those diners a piece of my mind!).

I would say this is one strictly for crab lovers - yes, I make no apologies here. I've come all the way from the waters of the Barents Sea in the North Atlantic region and I know I'm special. Why, in that picture of me, I weigh about 3 kg and cost around 89 per kg. So, I'm not cheap, but indeed, I am a special treat for seafood lovers! So, why not step into Fancy Crab and ask for me- oh, yes they'll know me, alright! As I told you, I am the VIP here. After all, it's folks like me who make their business run!
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Why? A treat for crab lovers !
When: 12pm to 11pm everyday
Phone: 0203 096 9484
Where: 92 Wigmore St, London W1U 3RD
Cost: Ranges from 9 onwards
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