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Krabby's Crab Boil

Roll up your sleeves, don a bib and get stuck into some of the best seafood in Melbourne.
By Gary Brun
December 10, 2023
By Gary Brun
December 10, 2023

You can probably work it out by the name, but Krabby's Crab Boil is all about fun. And crabs. There's no dress code here, no need to book ahead and definitely no first dates — unless, of course, you don't mind that the first impression you give is of you covered in sauce while trying to suck out all the last bits of delicious crab meat. There really isn't a graceful way to do this. And the Krabby's crew isn't expecting you to be all clean and fancy, either. Here, it's all paper bibs, plastic gloves and beaming smiles.

The idea of a crab boil comes from the American South, where everything is tossed in a pot together and slathered in sauce. Then, when it's boiled and ready to be devoured, everyone digs in together. It's old-school communal dining done with no more than a hefty pair of shell-crushing scissors and the ten fingers your mother gave you.

Krabby's Crab Boil - home to some of the best seafood in Melbourne

The menu here is long, so we'll only manage a taste, but appetisers include delicious bowls of crab chowder, perfectly salted buckets of soft shell crab and mountains of deep-fried crispy Krabby chips.

The seafood buckets are where this place comes alive, though (and everything goes to die) and include serves for one or two people. However, the executive combo could easily outlast three. As you might have guessed, there is a mix of everything in these, and they have customisable options, including prawns, green mussels, clams, scallops, smoked pork, baby abalone and fried fish. Oh, and crab, with mud crab, snow crab and blue swimmer crab all available. Team your bucket up with a range of sauces, including black pepper, laksa, chilli mayo, or the must-have Cajun spice.

This is the perfect place to introduce kids to the wonders of the sea, as well as catch up with that loud and boisterous group of mates who won't get in anywhere else.

Images: Hue Studio

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