I had a bad attack of empty nest syndrome on Halloween last week – with my daughter now at Edinburgh university and my son heading out the door at 4.00pm for a North London party – it felt sad, dark and lonely in the house – especially after years of planning costumes, chasing them up the terraced streets of Queens Park – as they rattled down doors like crazed sugar monsters!
So determined for some fun, I set up a spontaneous date night in St John’s Wood for a little ghoul action (courtesy of the American community) followed by dinner at the Fancy Crab restaurant on Wigmore Street. I’d spotted it on someone’s Instagram recently & it looked fun. It specializes in the gigantic Red King Crab from the icy cold North Atlantic (and is sustain-ably farmed).
It didn’t disappoint. (We rarely go out to dinner so to be honest a Cote would have been fun too.) But wow The Red King Crab is very dramatic at 3 feet across, and has been specially prepared with no cracking and battling with hard shells needed.
I loved the decor – with crabs hidden in Renaissance replica oil painting in a “Where’s Wally sort of way” as Jay Rainer put it! (BTW – He didn’t give it a great review but he’s probably jaded by his job!) – and especially the wallpaper in the loos!
But the real winner was Manny – our waiter – who seamlessly guided us through our menu choices, which when the bill came, did turn out to be ‘nose-Bleedingly expensive‘! (£85 for 2 – only one glass of wine, 600 gms of grilled crab meat and a few sides)
Would we go back? We both say yes & are saving for the next splurge 🙂
Fancy Crab, 92 Wigmore St, London W1U 3RD