- Telephone 0141 334 6127
- Opening times Closed Mon.
- Bar open Tue–Sun noon–midnight. Closed Mon.
- Food served Tue–Sun noon–10pm.
- Average price £24 (lunch); £24 (evening meal)
- Website www.crabshakk.com
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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.
No place captures the energy of the Finnieston renaissance better than Crabshakk, a few years old but still packed to the rafters most evenings. At the bar and on the mezzanine, diners sit beside, opposite – practically on top of each other. Brushed metal fittings run round wooden tables and open-brickwork. It’s like a thriving, urban den in Paris or Brussels. There’s a big emphasis on the specials blackboard, each dish explained in detail by knowledgeable waiters. It might include Asian nods – a punchy Thai green curry broth gives substance to a stylish arrangement of mussels and crab claws – or offer decadence by way of turbot, or wild oysters with the kitchen’s lip-lickingly sweet, vinegary shallot sauce. Shellfish dominates the à la carte, with both starter and main-size portions of seared scallops, with a cocky dose of salty anchovy marking the sauce out, and mussels, big juicy ones in a traditional marinière. Skinny fries and homemade mayonnaise complete the continental vibe but the original tenement flat cornicing means you just need to glance skyward to remember, and be glad, that Crabshakk is in this fair city.
- High point: Buzzing atmosphere
- Low point: Menu is small so a lot rests on the specials
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 55
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £19.50 per bottle
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