An early trailblazer in now-fashionable Finnieston, serving quality seafood in compact surroundings.
If Crabshakk were chocolate it might eat itself. Granted it serves what could be the best langoustines in town – large, sweet, juicy, piping hot and stunning – but why make people teeter on stools at the bar, or balance these fruits of the sea on little wobbly wooden benches? The crowds don’t seem to mind though so it is worth booking early to avoid these stingier perches – other tables are available. The small menu has remained almost unchanged since it opened in 2009 to great excitement in the then comparatively uncharted Finnieston but the extra-long specials board always has intriguing and tantalizing options. Crab cakes are great (are they smaller now or is it a Curly Wurly-type thing?) and the seared scallops in anchovies will persuade you to ignore current medical guidance on daily butter intake. Now open seven days a week, it’s an ideal place to swoop in for a quick seafood fix – but then perhaps slope off to a neighbouring establishment for more comfortable afters.
- High point: Butter, seafood, more butter
- Low point: Restaurant prices, kiosk comfort
- Notable dish: Scallops served bubbling in anchovy butter
Never wanting for new neighbours in fashionable Finnieston as stylish restaurants continue to open there with remarkable frequency, Crabshakk – one of the first in a wave of gastronomic arrivals to the area, established 2009 – continues to catch a faithful clientele. It’s heck of a hard to get a booking at times (though they seat walk-ups at the bar subject to space), and there’s barely enough room to swing a lobster, either in the narrow ground floor or upstairs on the tiny mezzanine. But take the bait and you’ll be back time and time again, for head-turningly good-looking seasonal dishes fresh as the tide. The menu isn’t broken down into starters and mains, just dishes small-to-large, leaving space for improvisation – crab cakes for instance come in batches of three or six, or for much the same price as the latter you can get the whole crustacean. The daily specials board, brought to your table, displays catches of the day and can feature anything from queenies – gorgeous little scallops, served still sizzling in in the pan in garlic butter – to a monkfish cheep scampi with homemade ketchup or wild sea bass served on a bed of mash. Creamy vanilla panna cotta ith thin slices of juicy Yorkshire rhubarb proves chefs here are masters of fresh fruits of the sea and land alike.
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 52
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2009
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £19.95 per bottle
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