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Crab Tavern at Broadgate Circle

SEEN doesn’t often venture into bustling Broadgate Circle (just behind Liverpool Street Station) but feels she must amend this situation in the future. Amid a welter of eateries from the extremely fashionable to the cheerfully cheap sits the excellent Crab Tavern, which, like many restaurants in London manages to give local office workers and hungry travellers an inexpensive yet fine dining experience.


My guest had the Fried Black Pepper Squid to start, which was fresh and tender, the crumb coating crisp, with a nice lemon aioli to accompany. SEEN never has a starter – they’re too filling. Straight on to the main course for me then. I ordered a hearty Lobster Burger, which tasted delicate and juicy with lovely sauce in a light brioche bun. I had Old Bay fries with it; they were crisp on the outside, light and fluffy within. My guest had Scallops with Potato Terrine, which was ‘fluffy but with the right resistance’, and had onion at the bottom with a lovely glaze. We had broccoli, sage and chilli and pak choi, orange and hazelnut as our side dishes.




The desserts were a revelation: SEEN Had Eton Mess; a delicate, and thankfully small portion of meringue, chantilly cream, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. A lovely balance of textures and flavours. My guest asked for a Brownie Stack with chocolate ice cream instead of salted caramel. This request was granted by the friendly smiling staff, who kept our glasses topped up with water and a nice chilled Viognier. The Brownie was as all brownies should be – firm on the outside and delectably gooey on the inside with a lovely dark chocolate taste.

We had a great time in the dimly-lit restaurant surrounded by cheerful cartoon crabs on the wall, seated at a lovely banquette (SEEN does love a banquette!). The menu was heavy on creatures of the sea, as you would expect, but carnivores and vegetarians were also well catered for. SEEN recommends.

Crab Tavern
7 Broadgate Circle