From all the brunch posts I’ve written you’d think that’s all I ate but of course that’s not true. For one I love a good fried chicken and I also love my crabs. And the one place where you can enjoy both at is Miss Katie’s Crab Shack.
It’s situated very close to the Queen Vic Market so it’s always full of people, especially on those days when the market is open.
When I first visited Miss Katie’s, I thought I had walked right into a beach shack. The decor is made up of fishing nets, sea shells, pictures of crabs and ah…a huge shark head?!
It’s a great environment for a family outing, it’s fun, it’s social and it’s fantastic when the weather’s warm so the windows can be opened.
Just make sure your kids don’t get overly confused why the shark is sticking out of the table.
There’s all sorts of interesting sauces available for you to try, some of them quite chilli. How fitting is the Sailor Jerry sauce? It was smokey and delicious.
You can’t eat fried chicken without some refreshing beer. Thankfully the beer here is reasonably priced. When we visited it was about $15 for a jug of Coopers Sparkling. That’s a lot of beer to keep us happy.
We decided to get the crispy fried Clarence River organic school prawns ($9) to share. it came with a huge pile of crispy prawns that you can eat whole – head, shells and all. We seriously couldn’t get enough of it, so much so that we decided to order one takeaway at the end of the meal – bad idea because we were all so full by then! They retained their crispiness quite well even when cold so it wasn’t so bad in the end. You should dip it in their house made hot sauce that is tangy and just the right amount of spicy.
Yuye ordered the Katie’s Low Country Boil ($25) which came with one whole Australian blue swimmer crab, corn cob and smoked kranski in an Old Bay and garlic butter. You get your own paper bag and mallet to crush all the shell up but Yuye preferred to get his hands dirty and just ate it that way. The crab was perfectly cooked and was juicy and tender. There was a lot of butter in the sauce though so was far from being healthy. I supposed you don’t come here to eat healthy do you? We did find the dish a tad on the more expensive side though.
I know it’s called a ‘crab shack’ but I actually find the fried chicken ($17) even more amazing than the crab dishes. It comes with a thick crunchy batter and you can order it with waffles and maple syrup, I reckon that’s the ONLY way you should eat your fried chicken. Why have I never put maple syrup on my fried chicken before? I’ve been missing out. The dish was huge though so I recommend perhaps sharing the chicken rather than having it all yourself, unless if you were very hungry.
I was told the Chesapeake crab burger ($15) which comes with 100g blue swimmer crab cake, fresh slaw, herb mayo, dill pickle in a sesame bun was not as good as the other dishes, although there was nothing terribly wrong with it. It’s just that my friend couldn’t really taste the crab all that much. For a similar price, I’d go for the fried chicken any day.
I wouldn’t bother with the fries either, because for a similar price, the prawns are definitely better value and tastes a WHOLE lot better!
Overall we had two fantastic visits at Katie’s Crab Shack. I would definitely be back during summer with an icy cold beer in one hand and a piece of fried chicken in the other, looking out of the open window at people with their shopping bags coming out from QVM. I found it interesting that they used free Chinese newspapers as a table cover, although not exactly fitting, it did make it seem a bit more exotic. 😉
Miss Katie’s Crab Shack
Phone: (03) 9329 9888
Address: 238 Victoria Street North Melbourne, VIC 3051
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday 5-9pm, Friday to Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-8pm