The Fancy Crab, London exceeded expectations
The only problem is that it is hugely expensive, and very difficult to find in the UK as, after all, it comes from Alaska.
Recently a new restaurant has opened in London called Fancy Crab, which is like a dream come true.
Although not from Alaska, they are serving red king crab, caught in the open waters of the northern part of the Arctic Ocean.
The crab is not only perfectly caught in wire pots, and, they assure me, in accordance with the common fisheries policy, but it is beautifully red and white and huge.
Fancy Crab, the new restaurant which specialises in this king crab, is very quick to show you what is on offer.
Of course there are other seafood delicacies there, but in reality this restaurant is all about crab.
I was fortunate to go there twice recently, once with my friend William Norris, the renowned caterer, and Dr Catherine Boylan, the noted war author.
The reason that I dined there twice in two weeks was because I liked it so much the first time, and had been able to eat everything I wanted to try on the menu, so I wanted to return to try the rest.
The new restaurant specialises in king crab
During my two visits, I tried crispy king crab bites, crab claws and a king crab cake with Thai green sauce.
Each one was perfect, and served with a large glass of Prosecco made it even nicer.
The whole appetizer tasted lovely and light, and did not seem to have any calories at all.
We could have sat and eaten these perfect crab delicacies all evening.
I wanted to try on the menu
The waiter, however, suggested that we order crispy aubergine salad, which tasted just like it sounds.
Lovely slices of aubergine, made crispy, but not too greasy, with a fresh salad on the side.
The main course on the first evening was a large leg of king crab, which was so big we split it and ate it with dipping sauces and pickles.
The dipping sauces were a perfect accompaniment, tasty but unusual, black squid ink mayo, chipotle mayo with crab juices, and mango and herb.
Fancy Crab not only lived up to these high expectations, but clearly exceeded them
On the second evening, we had the same whole leg of king crab grilled with Hollandaise sauce, French fries, and again, a perfect green salad.
In each case the meat was soft and tender, and beautiful and white, and tasted crisp and fresh and delicious.
We could not resist ordering the Singapore chilli crab as well, as it is billed as the signature dish of the restaurant.
Believe me, it is definitely worth eating.
I remember first trying Singapore chilli crab when we lived in Hong Kong, with its tangy tomato sauce, chilli, ginger and soy, and this version was definitely up to the mark.
A third visit is already on my calendar
For dessert we had lovely caramel ice cream, which is, as my readers know, for me the perfect climax to a perfect dinner.
The pear tarte tatin with butterscotch sauce, which also featured caramel, was a close second, and disappeared from our plates in the blink of an eye.
As I said at the beginning, I liked this restaurant so much that I came back very soon after my first visit to try the delicious king crab in different preparations.
The second time was even better than the first, because I knew what to expect, and my expectations were high.
Suffice it to say Fancy Crab not only lived up to these high expectations, but clearly exceeded them, and a third visit is already on my calendar.