London really excels itself in the summertime. As the nights become longer, diners sprawl out across terraces bringing an electric atmosphere to the sunny city. We can pretty much guarantee evenings will be warm now Spring’s tumultuous weather has passed, which means spending our evenings outside is a certain. Hooray to that.
A particularly attractive spot for dining al fresco is St Christopher’s Place, located conveniently behind Oxford St. It’s surrounding streets are the perfect post shopping locale. A plethora of bars and restaurants scatter this grid of streets, including our new fave seafood joint, Fancy Crab.
We visited the gorgeous spot last week and sampled some of their most popular dishes, along with newer menu items grabbing the attention of their customers.
Fancy Crab is chic, low lit, and the service is friendly. The lobster is fresh, the cocktails vibrant, and amusing fishermen’s comics adorn the toilet walls.
But we must tell you about its namesake…
Sustainably sourced, the crab is caught in the arctic ocean. Fishermen spend months in extreme conditions to seek the world’s most famous crab, the Red King. Once caught, the crabs are boiled in hot salt water on the ships before being transported directly to the restaurant. To avoid affecting procreation, the crabs are all male adults. Females are thrown back into the sea to reproduce again.
Although 90% of it’s charm comes from the seafood offering at Fancy Crab, they also serve up stellar Beef and Vegetarian Burgers, steak in Surf n’ Turf and sides including the delightful sounding Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes with Garlic and Rosemary.
We start our dinner with a glass of prosecco and the King Crab Bon Bons dipped in Tomato Marmalade. The Bon Bons are hot, crispy and comforting and we accompany them with the extremely moreish Courgette & Aubergine crisps sitting on a mound of Tzatziki – delicious!
Being as glutinous as we are, a third starter of Tiger Prawns follows. Drizzled in a warm Tamarind Glaze, they were fresh and flavoursome.
One criticism, if we had to be picky would be to avoid the raw menu. The Seabass Ceviche and Salmon Tartare unfortunately were not to our taste, each having an intense citrus dressing that overpowered the dish.
On to mains, the Singapore Chilli Crab was most definitely the star of the show. Served with rice, the curry was full of vibrant, creamy flavour. The Lobster Tagliatelle took the shape of the second shared main, although in hindsight we wish we’d tried the King Crab Leg Gratin. Crab, cheese, breadcrumb. What more could you want?
For dessert, we shared a Lavender Creme Brulee with an almost dangerously sturdy top to crack. Champagne cocktails helped to wash it down. As we left, our bellies full, the sun had just about set on the city landscape and we reminisced over the delights we’d experienced and agreed that seafood and summer really are the perfect companions.
To book a table at Fancy Crab, visit their website here.
92 Wigmore St