I’ll admit it, crab’s by no means been vastly on my radar. Possibly it’s the very fact I grew up in a city well-known for our crustacean creatures and spent a summer time job making a whole bunch of crab sandwiches. However within the identify of giving new tastes a go, I accepted an invite to take my (considerably) fancy self alongside to Fancy Crab in Marylebone, to check out their new Fancy Brunch.
*complimentary meal in alternate for assessment*
Fancy Crab are an upmarket informal eating spot that concentrate on, unsurprisingly, the Purple King Crab.
All of the crab served comes from the depths of the Arctic Ocean. Caught at sea, the crews of crab catchers will solely harvest grownup males to make sure the crab inhabitants continues to thrive. As soon as caught, the crabs are cooked in sea water and frozen whereas nonetheless at sea, to protect their freshness.
Armed with some cocktails (bellinis… as a result of… brunch), we received to grips selecting some dishes from the menu.
We ordered a collection of small plates as starters, each crab-based and non-clawed, to strive. For the King Crab Bon Bons (£13) – suppose arancini balls, however crab-based. I cherished the consistency of those, and the tomato marmalade gave a contemporary, sharp kick. In the event you’re new to crab, these can be a wonderful place to start out.
Regardless of my ongoing aversion to shell-on something (I’m actually dangerous and messy at them), I attempted the Grilled Tiger Prawns (£13). After a comparatively stress-free de-shelling, the Tamarind and Honey Glaze gave the contemporary prawns a candy, warming and spicy style. If I’m being choosy, I’d have favored to have had 4 prawns for sharing, however the high quality was unbelievable and the sauce portion very beneficiant.
My absolute favorite starter, although, was the Popcorn Squid (£12.50). The crispy batter had a beautiful crunch, and the peppery seasoning complemented the squid completely. Add the chipotle mayo dip, and this one’s an actual spotlight of the small plates menu.
A crab-based riff on a traditional brunch dish; the King Crab Benedict (£13.50) serves up picked crab meat and poached eggs on a toasted muffin, with chilli flakes, avocado and hollandaise sauce. The 2 eggs have been cooked to perfection, yolks oozing out throughout the crab and mixing with the hollandaise.
The flavours labored very well collectively; the lightness of the crab and the punchy hollandaise particularly. The dish did get chilly fairly rapidly earlier than I’d completed, although, which was the one actual let down with the meal.
Maybe unsurprisingly, the dessert menu at Fancy Crab isn’t crab-centric, with some traditional puddings given the flowery twist. The Chocolate Fondant was wealthy and completely matched with a candy vanillia ice cream; and the Lemon Tart was…properly, tart, punchy and citrus-packed. On high of the tart and unfold throughout the plate, candy melted marshmallow served as the proper foil.
Fancy Crab’s brunch is unquestionably costlier than my standard brunch go-tos, however for those who’re in search of one thing a bit totally different for an important day, it’s positively value testing.
92 Wigmore St, Marylebone, London W1U 3RD