Halloween empty nest syndrome is saved by Fancy Crabs!

Mrs ML Mode - AKA Marie Louise Pumfrey
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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!

Fancy Crab, Wigmore Street, W1
Hot date!

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).

Fancy Crab, Wigmore Street, W1
Red King Crab

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.

Fancy Crab, Wigmore Street, W1
Our dinner – 600gm of grilled crab meat!

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!

Fancy Crab, Wigmore Street, W1
Fancy Crab wallpaper in the ‘rest-rooms’

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 Restaurant, Wigmore Street, W1
Fancy Crab interior
Fancy Crab,Wigmore Street, W1
Fancy Crab menu

Fancy Crab, 92 Wigmore St, London W1U 3RD

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