$$ Miss Katies Crab Shack, Victoria Street, North Melbourne



Due to me (bez) leaving for a tropical island this week! (ahh what a tough life!) Jar Fed was back to back! Thursday rolled around and it was time to pick our restaurant, our work colleague Ben was eager to have a go!  Sitting around the lunch table, he pulled out:





An American seafood style restaurant neither of us had ever been too! Elaine had discovered it whilst looking for a place in Melbourne that served crab! The menu online was small, however sounded enticing, we are both fans of fresh delicious seafood!


So off we went on an adventure to North Melbourne! Being opposite the Vic Market, I’d imagine on Wednesday night with the night market, this place would be pretty packed! But tonight, early, there was only a few other groups scattered around.


The place was very cute, and the decorating quaint, however there was an odd smell! I wasn’t sure if it was the frying smell or what! Elaine thought it smelt like a granny’s house!


We sat at a table and the staff were quick to hand us a menu, let us know the specials and what the G O was. As we perused the menu, Elaine noticed the bar behind me had GYPSY, a yummy pear cider which was one of my favorites, my eyes immediately lit up, one pint please!






As the menu was small we decided we would have both entrees, the special, yellow halloumi tomato gazpacho with picked muscles and salsa and the crispy fried clarence river organic school prawns.


Crispy Fried Clarence River Organic School Prawns


          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?


E          Yes                 5                   No

B          Yes                 6                   Yes



These little prawns were crispy and the seasoning was tasty, however Elaine was not crazy about the whole prawn! It reminded her of eating cockroaches through Asia!



Yellow Halloumi Tomato Gazpacho with Pickled Muscles and Salsa


          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?


E           No                 6                   No

B           No                 7                   Yes


Elaine took a big spoonful, ahhh its cold!! Yep! I thought the Gazpacho in the name would have given that away ?? Turns out Elaine didn’t know what that meant! Well she tried something new!!


It was different, yum! Only had three muscles in though, would have liked a few more! But for $6 I guess it was good value.






There are 5 choices on the menu, a few being fresh crab, fresh prawns, fried chicken and a crab burger. We were hoping for at least one crab, seeing as we were at Katies Crab Shack!


Other people around were wearing bibs and cracking fresh crab open with a mallet, obviously that is the draw card!


We however rolled:

Number 2 – Fried Chicken


The fried chicken, probably our least preferred choice on the menu! That was the fun or not so fun danger of the roll!


It was tasteless brown fried chicken. There was no seasoning, the skin was dry. The sauce was odd. To sum it up, KFC chicken has more flavour.


          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?


E          Yes                 4                   No

B           No                 1                   No



Roll 2 – Chesapeake Crab Burger


The burger was fresh, the coleslaw was tasty, however the crab tasted more like a veggie patty than crab. As a crab burger, a bit disappointing in my opinion. However it was the only meal Elaine would order again.


          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?


E          Yes                 8                   Yes

B          Yes                 5                   No


 SIDES – French Fries with Old Bay Seasoning & Blue Cheese Sauce


When the fries arrived at our table, the peculiar smell intensified! I originally thought it was the blue cheese sauce, nope! We can’t be sure but we think it was the recycled container, because as the fries cooled down the smell wasn’t as bad. Its hard to describe but its a weird and off putting. It did not help my appetite!


          Usually            Score             Order

          Order?              /10              Again?


E          Yes                 5                   Yes

B          Yes                 3                   No


There was no dessert, unless you count the waffles, which can be served with the main meals, as an odd extra.


Overall we left a bit disappointed. We had high hopes but the best thing about the night was gypsy on tap at the bar, no meal was outstanding or even good enough to venture back.  For $27.50 each our money will be spent elsewhere in future.


           Overall                  Back

           Score /10              Soon?


E            4                      Nope

B           2                       Nope


Thats the beauty of Jar Fed, we may find some gems along the way or a place might not be to our liking, thing is, how would we ever know, if we never tried !


Price: Two Entrees & Two Mains


Total – approximately $56 (Two People)


Crispy fried school prawns- $9.00
Gazpacho with Pickled Muscles- <$10.00
Katies fried chicken- $17.00
Crab burger- $15.00
Fries- $5.00



E & B xx


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