FFG Eats: Crab Tavern, Broadgate Circle, London

If it seems like I’m spending a lot of time in the City of London these days, it’s because I am. I have no plans of packing in the blog and making a go at life as a woman in finance, but it does appear that restaurants these days are targeting this audience specifically. Every new opening I’ve been to in the last six weeks has taken place with the bankers’ square mile. Restauranteurs are not unintelligent people. They don’t have to say “show me the money” – it’s pretty much easily on display. The new hot spot in the city, however, exists in one semicircle – Broadgate Circle. Built at the foot of the Swiss bank, UBS, this circle is home to newly opened bars and restaurants that can’t seem to find enough physical seats to entertain everyone interested. And the scene was no different for the opening of The Crab Tavern in Broadgate Circle

This American style restaurant is definitely gearing itself towards the individual who wants to kick back with a beer and a fresh catch. As the name implies, there’s crab every which way you can imagine. From chowder to crab doughnuts, you can expect to find a menu that’s almost overwhelming with choice. My favourite? The before and afters. Appetizers and desserts are key here. While we had a special preview of the menu, featuring everything from starters to sweet stuff, the one dish I couldn’t stop dreaming after was the crab mash. Yes, they served mashed potatoes with a crab topping. That’s just the tip of the iceberg for unexpected twists. This could easily be seen as a place to catch a crab or a banker…or a crabby banker. Who knows…

Fashion Foie Gras was a guest of the Crab Tavern.


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