Crab Tavern is one of many bars and restaurants which make up Broadgate Circle, a ring of slick new dining venues in the heart of the City.
There’s no prizes for guessing it specialises in seafood and sets out to deliver the classic American surf and turf concept, with plenty of grilled meat options besides the shellfish.
If you plan to visit in the week, expect to find Broadgate Circle, which opened last year, bustling with suits from all over the Square Mile.
We dropped into Crab Tavern on a Saturday night when the City is largely deserted but found the Circle, an amphitheatre-style complex, to have a pleasant early-evening buzz.
As a welcome, we were shown to the restaurant’s New York-style bar and offered a glass of Tavern Fizz, a gin-based, in-house cocktail served with a fragrant mix of Rhubarb Syrup and Elderflower.
It set our palates up nicely for what we had decided would be a largely fish-based feast.
We started with the Cured and Seared Salmon Plate with Baby Fennel, Cherry Tomatoes and Salad. This salmon, which was immaculately presented, was both plump and juicy and full of flavour.
Next up, we enjoyed the Grilled Baby Octopus with Pineapple, Red Pepper and Mango Salsa, Chopped Coriander and Baby Coriander Cress. It must be noted that this is actually a cold dish, something we only realised once it had arrived at the table.
So if you are expecting sizzling clumps of octopus drizzled in salsa then think again. Rather, it is a salsa-based seafood salad bursting with flavour. As sides, we enjoyed the Old Bay Frites and the Creamed Cabbage and Bacon, a sumptuously rich and creamy delight.
To finish, we did as the Americans would do and devoured the Tavern’s homemade Brownie Stack with Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
No complaints here.