Wellington – The Crab Shack

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. IMG_3353 copy

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.

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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. IMG_3420 copy1Kg 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. IMG_3414The 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.

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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.IMG_3424 copyIMG_3408 copy

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.

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The Crab Shack 
Shed 5 on Queens Wharf, Wellington

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8 comments
  1. I loved the Crab Shack when we visited. Glad you got the crabs. They are delicious, though people seem to avoid ordering them due to the work or mess involved. Dedicated foodies only!

    • Haha I agree! Love the fact you can use your hands to dig into the crab 🙂

  2. amythlf said:

    This reminds me that I should visit Wellington soon! I love the Crab Shack 🙂

    • Have you tried Orleans crab shack menu? Have been wanting to try it out for a while.

      • amythlf said:

        Not yet! Will hopefully pop by next week!!

  3. you had me at crab! are those crabs tiny or is it just the photo?

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