It was a beautiful summer’s evening as Dan and I strolled to Marylebone. We’d been invited for a complimentary meal at Fancy Crab to taste the food and we’d come hungry! We walked up and well, we couldn’t miss it.
I loved the decor outside so whimsical and playful. It was like going for dinner on the set of the Little Mermaid! We went in and were greeted warmly and shown to our table by the window.
We decided to get some drinks while we looked over the Fancy Crab menu and decided what to order. I went for the Royale Fancy (£12), which promised to be a delicious twist on the classic Pimm’s. It was made from Gin, Antica Formula and Champagne. Dan went for the G&T option as he ordered a Hendrick’s & Tonic. A much manlier drink than the gorgeous cocktail I was presented with!
Looking at the menu there was so much choice. Fancy Crab offers seafood galore and even some meat options too – we were spoilt for choice!
We decided to start with a couple of appetisers while we decided what else to order. Dan opted for the King Crab Bon Bons with Tomato Marmalade (£12) and I chose the Guacamole (£6.50) with added King Crab (£ 5.50) -obviously.
The crab Bon Bons were so beautifully presented! Crispy on the outside and absolutely stuffed full of crab, Dan said that they melted in the mouth and tasted delicious. The tomato marmalade was also the perfect level of sweetness to compliment the crab without overpowering its delicate flavour.
The guacamole said that it was made with smoke infused avocado which sounded so intriguing that I had to try it. Unfortunately I didn’t get any smokiness in the avocado and there was just the teeny tiniest bit of crab in the dish so this was probably my least favourite plate of the evening. Next time I’d probably opt for the Lobster Claw instead!!
After our appetisers we decided to order a bottle of wine. We chose the Maggio Chardonnay from Oak Ridge Winery (£37). It was a Napa Valley Chardonnay from 2016 and the perfect accompaniment to the food we had decided to order next! Slightly oaky and buttery but still with enough crisp freshness, it was delicious when paired with the seafood sharing platter we had opted for.
Fancy Crab offer 4 different types of seafood platter but we chose the Premium Platter (£36). The Grand Platter and the Deluxe Platter seemed like too much as we wanted main courses too and the House Platter didn’t have oysters (my fave) so the Premium Platter was perfect.
When it arrived – WOW! The huge platter was delivered to our table and then water was poured over the dry ice. The whole thing began to smoke! What a spectacle – they sure know how to deliver a seafood platter at Fancy Crab!
The Premium Platter contained Mussels, Crab Claws, Clams, Tiger Prawns, Shell-on Atlantic Prawns, Scallop Ceviche, Octopus Carpaccio and those – oh so delicious – oysters. We were in heaven! Tucking into our seafood and Chardonnay was such a treat! The oysters were my favourite closely followed by the Tiger Prawns, so meaty and fresh!
Next up we’d ordered main courses and still had some room left for them! Dan had gone with the Singapore Chilli Crab (£28). Well, when at Fancy Crab, it makes sense to try the crab! I’d opted for a lighter dish of Pan Fried Cod (£20). My cod was beautifully cooked. It was meaty and juicy and came with a rich Jerusalem artichoke puree and a light, fresh sauce vierge. The sides provided the perfect balance of buttery earthiness and crisp acidity! It was absolutely delicious!
Dan’s Chilli Crab was both sweet and spicy. The King Crab meat was cooked with chilli, garlic, lime and spring onions and served with some rice is was a tasty, hearty dish!
By that point I was so full but when Dan suggested sharing the Cheese Plate I suddenly found a bit more space. The perfect end to a delicious meal. The cheese platter consisted 4 different types of cheese, including my favourite (goat’s cheese). Each cheese was a stark contrast to the others and we polished off the platter with no trouble! Guess I hadn’t been that full after all!
We had a really lovely time at Fancy Crab and I’ll definitely be back – I’ve got my eye on that Deluxe Platter!
I was invited for a complimentary meal at Fancy Crab in exchange for a blog post, but as always, all opinions are my own.