October 31, 2019
Fancy Crab put imagination, passion and enthusiasm into all dishes
The Fancy Crab restaurant is the only place you will find The Red King Crab in London. The restaurant is a paradise for seafood lovers and situated in the heart of London City Centre.
We visited the restaurant for lunch midweek because there’s no doubt if you don’t book a table for the evenings you will not get a seat and the weekends are extremely popular too.
After being greeted by our host and shown to our table we were introduced to our waiter. Our waiter was a true crab connoisseur. I explained to him that this was my first experience eating crab and so he made sure it was one I did not forget.
The crab served in The Fancy Crab are caught in Russia’s Arctic Ocean for just three months out of the year. They only choose to pick the king crabs and throw the female and smaller crabs back in.
The ocean there is cold and harsh but provides the Red King Crab, the largest of the seas. Once caught, the crab is frozen until cooked in the restaurant and ready to serve. Our waiter explained that freezing the crab helps preserve its true flavours in the seawater, unlike other seafood.
The menu offers a wide selection for seafood lovers and for those who are not in the mood and may prefer a burger. For our starter, we were recommended the King Crab Bon Bons which were a great introduction to the meat. The shredded crab was served with tomato marmalade, our other starter was Grilled octopus with balsamic glaze. The presentation of the dishes was spectacular and they tasted amazing. It was a true culinary experience.
Ready for the main dish we opted for some extra Red King Crab cooked over charcoal from the á la carte menu. This is the most popular dish on the menu and also comes served on ice if preferred. At this point our waiter explained the various parts of the crab and how they would taste different. The claws were my least favourite part of the crab but the middle section which is called the merus and carpus was my favourite, soft, fresh, white and juicy, this was absolutely full of flavour.
Once we had mastered the art of removing the crab from its shell we moved on to our main dish the Singapore Chilli Crab which was delicious. It came with a bib for our use just in case we made a mess. This was needed, I must say. The dish was packed full of flavour and the crab was an added extra. We also had the pan-fried cod which was also very fresh and served with rich Jerusalem Artichokes Puree and Robust Vierge Sauce.
In between courses we had the chance to explore the restaurant and its new décor which was modern with a touch of class. The walls displayed a lovely array of unique artwork mixed with victorian style portrait hangings and modern light fixtures. It certainly felt luxurious from the moment we walked in. We could see why it won a national award for design in 2018.
The Fancy Crab is a great place to treat yourself and to try something new, as we did. It is the only place that sells the one of a kind Crab. Hopefully, this fabulous restaurant will expand and grow enabling more people to enjoy the ‘crab experience’.
A: 92 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 3RD
T: 020 3096 9484
W: Fancy Crab
Written by Gemma Jamieson for Luxuria Lifestyle London and International