|House of Crabs, upstairs at The Norfolk, Cleveland Street, Surry Hills|
As a Cancerian and having not ever experienced the southern US-style crab or seafood boil, I was very excited to attend a preview night at House of Crabs last week, just ahead of their Friday night opening.
|Crab neon sign at the base of the stairs|
|Peach Cobbler (left) and Arnold's Iced Tea (right) mixed drinks|
Both the Peach Cobbler with rye whisky, peach syrup and lemon juice topped up with soda; and the Arnold Palmer Iced Tea with vodka, tea and lemonade, were on the sweet and light side of mixed drinks that we sampled on the night.
|BBQ Creole corn|
|The Boil menu|
The tables are ready lined with white paper and furnished with Budweiser cardboard six-pack containers of cutlery, including crab picks and crackers, and two bottled hot sauce options.
|A bag of crab|
|A long table for crab action|
|Pile of king crab|
|Blue swimmer crab in Cajun sauce|
The relatively small blue swimmer crabs are great eating for those with patience when it comes to shellfish, with flesh in the claws and body, as well as in the legs and flippers with a little more effort.
|King crab in Cajun sauce|
|Prawns in Cajun sauce|
The sauce made the prawn heads worthy of sucking clean, while the shells were quite edible too. The peeled prawns were best had after a re-dunk or two into the bag of sauce.
|House of Crabs window|
House of Crabs is going to be an instant hit. I already feel like eating there once a week and while The Boil prices are a little heftier than what you'd see in Louisiana (Australia's higher labour rates, rent and all), it's guaranteed to be a good, finger-licking night out. Welcome, House of Crabs.
Food, booze and shoes dined at House of Crabs as a guest.