places: Jersey Crab Shack, St Helier

Image courtesy of Jersey Crab Shack

Most islanders are familiar with JPRestaurants and their Jersey Crab Shack restaurants. The east and west of the island have been well catered for with branches above Gorey Village and on St Brelade’s Bay but now a town branch is bringing seafood to St Helier.

The restaurant itself is housed in an old merchant building on Market Street and joins an ever-increasing enclave of foodie businesses in this corner of town. The design is bright and airy, inspired by nautical themes and offers a clean and comfortable space for a catch up with friends and family. The menu is reliably seafood heavy with oysters, squid and crab making a strong appearance, as well as thoughtful vegetarian and a more limited selection of meatier choices. Inspiration is drawn from across the world with French, Mexican, Asian and Italian dishes making their mark.

The crab mayonnaise starter included a generous portion of fresh picked crab and a delicious, zesty mayonnaise that delivered a serious punch of flavour, while the retro prawn cocktail ticked all the right seafood boxes. The Sri Lankan seafood curry packed in lots of flavour and zing without overpowering the seafood, although the fish was unfortunately a little over cooked. The crab linguine and continuing generous serving of crab on the special crab tacos had friends smiling as well. Given the breadth of the main menu, the limited pudding options were a little disappointing but that may have saved us from our own greed!

The new Crab Shack continues to offer its winning formula of quality food at decent prices, this time in beautiful town surroundings making it the ideal start to a celebration in town or a convenient family meet up.

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