Cracking crustaceans at St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen | Gourmand and Gourmet

Cracking crustaceans at St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen

Kangaroo Point is famous for the view, the cliffs, those killer stairs – and now, the crabs. A fun fusion of American cuisine and Australian seafood, the offerings at the new St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen are the one kind of crabs you DO want to give to your date. Tucked into a row of shops underneath the Story Bridge, this funky spot isn’t somewhere to bring your best table manners – things will get messy in their dining room, which is kitted out in hanging lightbulbs, exposed brick and bright street art murals. The menu has a little something for everyone, including seafood, ribs and burgers, with an emphasis on fresh produce done exceptionally well. Donned with a paper bib, a set of gloves and a set of tools fit for a surgeon, expect to blissfully slurp, crack and crunch your way through some home grown Australian produce. Season permitting, the crustacean menu features Queensland prawns, blue swimmers, mussels, snow crab and the mighty Alaskan King Crab, all with your choice of sauce. The sauce itself is worth the visit – you simply cannot fault a good citrus beurre blanc, a Cajun style New Orleans, Baltimore garlic butter, Singapore chilli, or our choice, the light and tangy marinara (a tomato based Napolitana tribute which pairs exceptionally well with sandcrab). Don’t forget to use your complimentary baguette to mop up every last drop – it would be rude not to! st james crabhouse feature There are also plenty of traditional sides with a gastronomical twist to choose from, like cabbage and apple slaw, parmesan truffle fries, onion rings and grilled corn on the cob. Or if you’re in for a true feasting experience, add some of the American-style starters, like the pork belly croutons, crab cheese chilli poppers or wings with buffalo blue cheese dip. Carnivores needn’t fear – for the fish-phobic, there’s also a satisfying selection of BBQ ribs, burgers and steaks, not to mention a vego option of layered chargrilled eggplant and cheese with a tomato and herb based Goti sauce. And just when you thought your food baby was at full term, then there’s dessert. American brownie or key lime pie? Sweet mercy! Cheers to St James – the patron saint of a delightfully messy, finger-licking dining experience. You’ll find St. James Crabhouse & Kitchen at 5/22 Balidon Street, Kangaroo Point, open from 11:30-3pm for lunch and 5-10pm for dinner from Wednesday to Monday (note we recommend getting in early on weekends as this place fills up fast!). Words by Kat Gridley