Having lived in New Zealand for almost 19 years we’ve actually never visited the capital (Kelly still needs to go). I wasn’t looking forward to the flight since Wellington is known for strong winds and bumpy landings, but for the 3 days I was there the city showcased its best weather. A gentle breeze, clear blue skies and lots of sunshine. It almost convinced me that it could be better than Auckland.
I’ve been dying to try out The Crab Shack ever since I heard about it. The interior is similar to Orleans and Miss Clawdy in Auckland with an added nautical touch. Make sure you go in early as the place fills up quite fast.
The Welly ($20) – A typical fish burger. The fish fillets were fresh and crispy served with cream corn on the side. The fish portions were rather generous. 1Kg Nelson Paddle Crab Pot ($30) – Put the bib on and be prepared to use your hands. Before the crab is served, you’ll be given a mini bucket of warm lemon water to wash your hands during the meal. The crab was cooked in chilli-garlic sauce and served hot in a pot. They were fresh and there was a fair bit to go around the table. The sauce was delicious. We ended up ordering bread ($8) on the side so we could soak up sauce with it.
Mixed scoop of clams and mussels cooked in Indian coconut curry ($14.50) – The size of the clams were huge! Like the crab pot, the sauce was amazing and didn’t overpower the freshness of the clams. Next time I’d give the mussels a miss – they just weren’t a match for the clams.
The Crab Shack was definitely a fun dining experience to end our first exhausting day in Wellington. If you’re not in a rush after dinner go for a stroll down the waterfront and take in the amazing night view of the city.
The Crab Shack
Shed 5 on Queens Wharf, Wellington