We had seen an unlimited brunch offer here and love crab so thought ‘why not’. Crab Tavern is located in Broadgate Circle at the back of Liverpool Street station. This place is packed after work with city types but weekends it is like a ghost town. We arrived around 2pm on a Saturday and the restaurant and bar was empty bar father and daughter couple the other side of the expansive restaurant.
This place has a Hawaiian / beach theme with bamboo style tables and bar and some cheesy crab cartoon son the wall. But it is not too OTT. We had the choice of the restaurant so choose to sit near the windows as it is quite dark with windows only on one side. We were welcomed by a friendly East European waiter who told us that we had a seafood platter, choice of main course and dessert as well of course unlimited cocktails including in the deal.
We ordered a bellini to start with and waited for the platter, this came out quickly and was pretty impressive. Included was a mix of shrimp, calamari, soft shell crab, pork ribs and lots of dips. This was clearly fresh and to be honest this filled me up even before we started on the main course. The waiter was pretty perceptive and asked if we wanted a break before we had the main course, we willingly agreed and ordered another cocktail, I think it was a mojito.
Main course arrived after said break. My main was a surf and turf salad, which included rare steak and king prawns. It was delicious, they didn’t skimp on protein and was cooked to perfection. My fellow dinner had a burger (her usual) and she said this was delicious too – well we managed to finish it all despite already being full! Another bellini down and we were on pina coladas (which I’d normally avoid like the plague but the Hawaiian décor must have rubbed off).
For dessert I just asked for ice cream and strawberries (off menu) as I was so full whereas my friend was much more courageous and went for a chocolate sundae. We were impressed with the generosity, food quality and service – especially for the deal we went for. We recommend. N.B we didn’t eat (or drink) for days after…
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