Right by the Story Bridge Hotel in Kangaroo Point hides the funky St James Crab House!
You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked in to a Melbourne laneway restaurant when you walk in the door. There’s graffiti, neon lights and funky chairs.
Pablo took care of us, what a wonderful and passionate man! Obviously he helped us with our wine first, choosing a crisp bottle of Riesling after chatting to the Chef to find something to match what we had ordered.
We tried a selection of starters:
The Alaskan crab cakes, beautiful, fresh, soft inside and crunchy on the outside.
The twice cooked chicken wings – again nice and crunchy and delicious but not too spicy.
Pork belly croutons with five spice, delectably rich and tasty.
Super tender soft shell crab that melted like butter in your mouth. Perfect pairing with the tartare.
My favourite was the soft shell crab. Can’t beat it.
Pablo bought out a palate cleanser of watermelon, feta and mint which was refreshing after the fried foods. I would have just ordered it as an entree but his advice was to have it in between our entree and mains. He was spot on.
Now for the main course, I couldn’t believe my eyes! A GIANT 1.6kg mud crab in Singapore chilli. It was huge, it’s claws were giant. We immediately cracked into it (literally) and we soon learnt why there’s paper lining the tables! The singapore chilli sauce isn’t too spicy it was a lovely warm, rich sauce. We chose it on advice from Pablo. Even though I was full, I still broke up the baguette and dipped it in the sauce when we had finished the crab. Speaking of which, there were huge pieces of tender, moist and juicy crab to crack open and devour. I should have taken an after pic of the table with all of the sauce splatter and crab shell everywhere! It’s so fun to eat and I highly recommend accepting the bibs on offer.
In case we hadn’t eaten enough by then, we also tried the jumbo with Morton Bay bugs, mussels and prawns! The citrus and chorizo were a nice contrast to the seafood and perfect for lunch the next day.
St James have a great dinner special at the moment (pic below) and I would love to try their lunch menu too. I’ll definitely be back, I want to try all the other sauces on the crab! Maybe the Baltimore first? Or the citrus beurre blanc? The Cajun? They all sound amazing. Oh and the corn! I love corn on the cob and theirs has Cajun seasoning… sounds like I need to go back soon!
Oh and their crabs are locally sourced from Queensland too, I like that.