On our way home from Yarra Valley, I decided we should have dinner at Miss Katie’s Crab Shack. The location required a little walking from where we stayed and since the car lease was due the next morning, we should make full use of it! Unfortunately, my Google maps* failed me this time and we ended up walking up and down the entire street, searching for Miss Katie’s.
When we finally found the place (it was really just a stone’s throw away from QVM!), it was alive with lots of buzz. Lots of people, but we managed to get a table rather quickly and the waitress briefed us on the ordering process, seeing that we were new in town. We were hungry folks and so it didn’t take long for us to decide what to eat.
A bucket of cold prawns (~AU$22). I think this was the special of that night and it was really good! The prawns were fresh, firm, crunchy and sweet. The waitress said we snagged the last bucket, and perhaps that made the prawns taste sweeter! LOL
Jambalaya, AU$22. A traditional southern dish consisting of rice, seasonal vegetables and fresh seafood. I chose this dish, but unfortunately I didn’t really enjoy it. The combination of the rice in the soup/gravy/stew made me feel like I was eating porridge.
Katie’s Low Country Boil AU$25. Australian blue swimmer crab, corn and smoked cranski. I left most of this to my dad and ZH because swimmer crabs are not meaty like Sri Lankan crabs and so I wasn’t going to fiddle with it. Too much work for so little meat.
Chesapeake crab burger AU$15. 100g blue swimmer crab cake, fresh slaw, herb mayo, dill pickle on a bun. Fries for extra AU$5. This has got to be the highlight of the entire meal (besides the prawns)! The crab cake was hot and crispy, the crab meat sweet and tender – in fact, it now reminds me that it was pretty similar to Grub’s chilli crab burger special. No wonder I loved both!
Atmosphere-wise, Miss Katie’s is more like a drinking place, complete with a stage for bands to perform. The place is dark and from the outside, you probably wouldn’t step in with your family if you didn’t know what it had to offer. But the clientele is quite a good mix of families (with young kids) to young adults to blokes just out for a drink. Very diverse and unique experience.
*If you’re visiting the place and using Google maps to locate, please enter the address 238 Victoria St North Melbourne 3051 instead of entering “Miss Katie’s Crab Shack” because the wrong address is in the system.