Joss and George ready for a seafood extravaganza.
It was sods law that both Tom and David were not working the night that we were booked in, but we had arranged an early table and were meeting up with them later in the evening. On arrival we were greeted with 2 glasses of fizz, and very
nice it was too. A little welcome from old friends.
The next problem was what to eat? So much of the menu and specials all looked delicious, so really there was only one thing for it, just order loads and let battle commence. George
decided to have fish and chips, as most 8 year olds would when presented with such choices on a menu with scallops, langoustines, oysters, crab, mussels, halibut, seabass to name but a few of the amazing choices along with the now legendary "Spoots" I'll let
you guys work out for yourselves what these are. But no, its not that this was all he liked off the menu, quite the opposite, he would have eaten all of the above, but he is very partial to good fish and chips, and good it was. He did of course
sample his mum and dads food as well as it would have been rude not to.
So it was down to Joss and I to order, for the life of me I can't remember if Joss had a starter as there were so many dishes we ate that evening and not all ones that we ordered.
But I think she had queenies with lobster butter, hot sizzling, garlicy, ozone fueled goodness. Simplicity at its best. I started with tempura oyster with Asian slaw. The juxtaposition of warm velvety oyster, subtle spicing and crunchy tangy
slaw was sublime. George of course did as any self respecting 8 year old seafood lover would and woolfed down a healthy portion of our starters as well. Not to be missed out was the really good sourdough which came in very handy for the lobster
butter. Oh, the extra dishes started to arrive, first came some complimentary crab cakes, beautiful sweet, lightly spiced, they did not last long!!
For mains Joss can never resist Moules Mariniere, and to be honest when the mussels are as fresh
as this, with bread and chips on the table, a glass of crisp New Zealand Sauvignon, why wouldn't you. She had turned up her nose at the Albarino, of which I was now quaffing. I went for Langoustines, simply split and roasted with garlic butter.
Memories of the Cellar were definately comeing back and it's no surprise That David had taken these classics that we both used to do and resurface them within the trendy enclave of Finneston. Yet another dish compliments of the house was winging our
way, this wime some seared scallops, plump, sweet, caramelised, salty. Really what more could you want.
At this point our bellies were about ready for bursting. Joss at this point, being a Lady and all that passed on dessert and decided
on another glass of prosecco. And really, why not we were having a great evening. George as ever had eyed up the chocolate cake on the menu at the begining of the evening and had left just enough room stuff his little cake hole full of its Valrhona
goodness. Not a crumb left on the plate. I on the otherhand could not resist the combination of good coffee and vanilla icecream and went for Affogato. Hot, cold, sweet, bitter, rich, refreshing. Oh, and of course just the right amount
of high quality caffiene to get me through the next part of the evening which I knew would probably get messy.
What more can I say about Crabshakk other than that it is truly brilliant. It's classy without being stuffy. The food is presented
perfectly without being placed on a plate with bloody tweasers and a microscope and as for the flavours, they speak for themselves. Honest, true, tantolising and just really really tasty. PJ, you would be so proud, I know I was.
And as suspected
the night did go on for a little bit later than expected as we all trooped out of the bar next door, Back to the Hilton, Joss and George off to bed and a couple of hours to reminice and catch up with old friends meant my head was very fuzzy the next day.
And of course celebrate with the American Womans Gymnastics team whom had just won Gold at the world championships and arrived back at the hotel to celebrate. It was a double celebration that night as the overriding winner in my books was Tom, David
and the team at Crabshakk, World Champion Seafood Gymnasts.
Nothing better than "Dinner amongst Friends"
I know I'm biased, but it really is 10/10
Crabshakk, 1114 Argyle Street, Finneston, Glasgow, G3 8TD