A little wander round the exposed brick interior took us to a small fresh seafood display and entry into the newly relocated Katie's Crab Shack. We were told a table would be around 30 minutes and we decided to perch at the bar and wait. The 30 minutes, in reality, was actually only 15 as we were told by the hostess that we'd jumped up the list due as some people had moved on.
The menu was pretty exciting and it was hard to choose. Our waiter was also very enthusiastic and smiley. I'd had a gin and tonic so far which was nicely made and my second was a Sweet Lime Tea; vodka spiked iced tea and it was delicious. So far so good!
As our main courses we decided to go with the crab boil and the waiter explained it was mud crab rather than individual swimmer crabs so we'd get a claw and trimmings of melted butter, hot sauce, potatoes, kransky and corn on the cob. And we wanted to follow that up with fried chicken with mash and gravy.
The crab looked appetising but when we cracked open the claw, a whole load of water gushed out and some slime and that was it. Steve had taken the leg section and after a crack and a poke there was nothing there either. Very strange! So we flagged this to the waiter who went to see Katie and came back to take the dish away and told us a new one was on its way.
We fared better crab meat wise with the second dish and it was tasty enough. The potatoes were underdone which was a shame because with melted butter would have been great.
I liked the fried chicken and found it well seasoned and juicy and not too greasy. Steve didn't like the coating and prefers Belle's version. The mash and gravy was very rich and a little sweet which was strange.
So starters and cocktails outshone the main courses but there's enough on the menu to warrant a return visit. It's all a bit Fitzroy cool with many a moustached male, whether diner, waiter or bartender but the country hill billy kitschy music and the fit out makes it a fun place to hang out.