Joe’s Crab Shack

As we opened the doors and stepped into Joe’s Crab Shack on international drive, we were met with bustling waiters and music that was just a bit too loud. We opted to sit outside where it was a little bit quieter.

We decided to share a crab dip appetiser, followed by the Blue Moon steampot and Paradise Platter. I was quite excited for my Paradise Platter, consisting of tilapia, lobster mac and cheese and a few other goodies. Much to my disappointment, the waitress came back to tell me that they were all out of the Paradise Platter. In my disappointment, I opted to go for the East Coast Platter, which I would come to regret.

But more on that later. Let me first tell you about the crab dip… it was heavenly!! Creamy, cheesy and sweet, it was perfectly balanced. I’ve never enjoyed dip so much!

If you go there, I highly recommend it. Their main meals are huge portions and so an appetiser might not sound like a good idea, but trust me, it’s worth it!

The Steampot was pretty impressive too. Not just in how amazing it looked, but the flavour as well. I was a bit sceptical of how it would turn out, with snow crab, lobster, clams, sausage, potatoes and corn all being steamed in blue moon beer, but it was amazing. The snow crabs were sweet and needed no additional flavouring, despite butter being provided for dipping. It was perfection on its own. The clams and lobster tail were the same story, they hardly needed anything additional. The seafood tasted fresh, it was amazing.

The East Coast Platter, on the other hand, was a different story. In my stress I hadn’t checked properly and so ended up with a Platter full of heavy fried food. The fish and chips were average, lacking in flavour and not any different from fish and chips from your average shop in London. The clam strips were delicious, but it was more the fried batter than the clams that had flavour. It didn’t feel like I was eating clams at all. The stuffed shrimp, while delicious, also didn’t feel like I was eating shrimp. It was a fried concoction of stuffed shrimp rolled in bacon, and sadly the bacon was a bit overpowering. The crab cake on the other hand, was actually really good. It wasn’t completely mushy like I expected, but quite flavourful.

While some of the food didn’t match my expectations, the service was impeccable. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and took very good care of us. Lesson of the day – don’t order in a hurry, and stick to fresh fish rather than a plateful of deep fried food (unless of course you’re really into that). If I ever go back, I’d definitely go for a steampot.

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