House of Crabs, Surry Hills

After so many failed attempts at organising dinner here, we finally managed to secure a booking for a chilled out Friday night. When booking, reservations for more than 10 require a deposit, there are two sessions for either 6 or 8PM. These restrictions are quite disappointing as the restaurant seemed hardly busy! On a brighter note, the service was lovely and the set up is really cute though with either booth seating, table seating or shared tables.

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Complimentary spicy popcorn

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Assortment of mocktails

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Mocktail shared between two

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Lobster fries with thousand island salsa and chipotle mayo ($14.00)

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Crab, blackbean & chorizo balls ($15.00)

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Lobster fries – with lobster gravy, bacon & corn ($12.00)

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Moreton bay bug – 500g ($34.00)

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SA Mussels ($19.00)

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King Crab – 500g ($45.00)

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Fried chicken ($22.00)

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Waffle sandwich ($12.00)

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Banana pie – oreo cookie base and caramel centre ($10.00)

The Food Zoo: I have to say, the experience was quite mixed at House of Crabs. Perhaps a bit over-hyped by my friends? I was genuinely disappointed with the lobster fries… I was thinking there would actually be lobster pieces in the fries but it was only lobster gravy… And then I couldn’t taste any lobster at all. Nevertheless my friends will know that I do really enjoy any form of fries! The dessert was unique and to be honest, my favourite dish was the fried chicken *gasp*shock*horror* I loved the idea of getting your hands dirty but honestly, the effort to reward ratio of eating crab is just way to high for my liking!

House of Crabs

The Norfolk Hotel
Level 1, 305 Cleveland St
Redfern NSW 2016

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Moody Chef, Crows Nest

It seemed not so long ago that I was here with my most favourite person in the world. It’s so lonely not having you around but I feel so lucky that you will always have a place for me in your heart. When life gets tough and time passes by too slowly, I can always imagine you reminding me “everything happens for a reason”- even though I have yet to figure out what that reason is.

Anyway, I digress! Moody Chef is one of the few places I love going back to for the relaxed atmosphere, sweet memories and most importantly – good food! There are plenty of indoor (booth seating and private function room) and outdoor options which means it’s pet friendly!

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They have their own range of sauces & jams!

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Milkshake, Wild berry smoothie, Mocha

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Chunky chips with peri-peri aoli ($8.90)

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Poached eggs & Kipfler potato, bacon hash ($17.90)

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Grilled chorizo and roast tomato bruschetta with fresh ricotta, poached eggs & pesto ($16.90)

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Delicious runny poached eggs!

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Poached eggs on spanish txitorra sausage with chickpea fries, chilli jam & wood fired toast ($17.90)

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Nutella and mascarpone pancakes ($15.90)

The Food Zoo experience: The pancakes – oh my – were to die for. I have been going through a nutella phase and what I loved about the pancakes were the generous slabs of nutella between each pancake. Yes… I said “between”!!! I could happily die from a nutella overdose! I also really liked the poached eggs and the chunky fries get a thumbs up from me! I wasn’t a huge fan of the kipfler potatoes and bacon hash (was hoping the potatoes would be crispier and there were bits of hash which were just bacon fat) but there are plenty of other options and I will gladly go back go back to tick off each item from the menu!

The Moody Chef

1/30 Atchison St
St Leonards NSW 2065

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