Musseling in at King Crab Co, Bulimba

I’ve been waiting for (what feels like) a looong time to visit King Crab Co in Bulimba. I’ve seen all the foodies there and their fabulous food. There’s a couple of crab houses in Brisbane now and I feel like it’s my duty to go in and try them all. So I couldn’t wait to get in and try this one for myself!

I made the right decision (I had no idea at the time) right off the bat. It was mussel night! Each Tuesday they have 1kg pot of mussels for only $15 when you buy a drink. Oh-my-life. The white wine marinara sauce was what dreams are made of. As much as I was loving the mussels, I couldn’t wait to finish too so I could soak my bread in the sauce… it was soo delicious. The mussels were fresh from SA that morning – just do yourself a favour and try them. If you go, you’ll probably see me there too, I intend to go back time and time again for these!

My photo of the mussels just didn’t do them justice so I’ve borrowed the one below from their Facebook page.

We had other food too. It’s not all about the mussels, people. Delicious corn on the cob with shichimi togarashi, and delicious fries before the main course of crab. We choose truffle and parmesan fries but it was tough with choices like shichimi togarashi andย chilli and molten cheese in the mix.

Obviously you can’t go to a crab house without eating crab (although I really want to try the lobster roll for lunch), right? We spoke to the team and they recommended the spanner crab. It had came in fresh that morning from Fraser Island. Spanner crab’s shells are a lot softer than other crabs. It made for much easier eating, you simply break the body in half with your hands and you can start pulling out that delicious flesh. The legs on the other hand aren’t quite so easy but as I always say, with crab half the satisfaction comes from breaking and cracking and working to get your food. Something fairly primal about the task that makes it even more satisfying.

Oh the sauce!!! On recommendation we went with the Singapore chilli sauce with the crab, and yes, I recommend you do too!

The crab is served in a bag (again, my pictures really don’t do these delicious crustaceans any justice) and you get the adorable bib (Instagram opportunity, anyone?) and all the tools for cracking and smashing and gloves for alllll the mess you will make. So much mess. Not really fun unless it’s messy though, is it?

King Crab Co has SOFI Spritz on tap, I tried the blood orange & bitters spritz – it wasn’t too sweet which is what I am always worried about. Something nice and refreshing to add to the mix.

If you’re around Bulimba (or even if you’re not) definitely check this place out. I will be back again soon. I want to try the ceviche as well as the lobster rolls.. and more crab and mussels! Yum!

King Crab Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

*While this dining experience was complimentary, this review is true and authentic.

Magical Salads At Vietnamese Mint Bulimba

I’ve been meaning to visit Vietnamese Mint in Bulimba since it opened. As you should all know by now, I am an absolute pho-fiend and love trying all there is in Brisbane. And around the world for that matter!

Anyway I heard that Vietnamese Mint had created some pretty funky and interesting salads so I went in to check them out. I ordered both (naturally) and a pho (obviously) and was impressed by all three! The Unicorn noodle salad was chicken based with a traditional vietnamese salad mix but with noodles infused with natural food colouring to make them look just like what a Unicorn would delicately eat before prancing about. The Magic noodel salad (my favourite) was a thai beef salad with noodles infused with Butterfly Pea Flower! They were gorgeous and blue. What I loved most about them, was that while they were fun and beautiful, they both still maintained their authentic, fresh salad flavours.

The pho, well damn. Damn delicious. Pho-nomenal. I was a happy little diner there with my three meals. Did I look ridiculous? Slightly. Did I care? No. I was too busy devouring everything and deciding which I would keep for lunches over the coming days. I ended up taking away some pho for breakfast and salad for lunch. Mmmm-mmm.

Oh! And I tried these special new drinks they have too, sparklers. I tried the Butterfly Pea Flower (honestly, why would you chose anything else?) and it was sparkly and sweet and fun.

A fab place to take the kids during the school holidays for a bit of lunch time fun too.

Vietnamese Mint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Yum Yum Gyoza House – needs work

This place has heaps of potential – prime spot and popular food but has to make some substantial changes to retain customers.

I’m staying with Kim this week so we thought we would go for a walk up the road to check it out.

The food itself was pretty good. We had prawn gyoza (can’t say it tasted prawn like), teriyaki chicken Gyoza, edamame, yakitori and pork Katsu.

They have a terrible operating system though. You walk in and it is a very narrow area where you sit by the bar – no issue there but you then have to get up again to go to the front of the store to order.

The staff weren’t particularly polite or pleasant. I ordered a lychee tea from their fridge but it turned out they had just sold the last one and offered me to purchase a creaming soda. No thank you. They should have additional stock ready, they only had a few cans left. We settled for water and was told there was a water station at the back.

After sitting down I dodged my way through people to the end where the water station is. I felt incredibly rude as there was someone eating in front of the cups and water jug due to lack of space so I had to interrupt them and ask for the 2 cups and jug.

Of course the jug was empty a I couldn’t get anyone’s attention so I took it back down to where we were (it’s a big open kitchen so there are chefs right in front of you) and advised that it was empty and could they please refill so we could fill our cups.

After a while I noticed that the jug had been returned to the spot at the back. I asked the lady serving food if we could have some water to which she replied ‘down back’ I tried to explain I had just given it back to be refilled and had given up when a chef requested her to fill it up for us. She was not happy and then only half filled our cups.

Half way through the meal I finished my water but we both felt too rude to go down and interrupt the lady in front again.

The other thing I noticed was the egg was still raw and runny in a lot of places on the Katsu.

If they can sort out their procedures it will be a good spot and I do recommend the yakitori!

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