Mud crabs are the new dining status symbol. Forget lobster – either you can afford to shell out on the fleshy crustaceans (that usually go for $140-odd dollars a kilo) or you can’t. And when a restaurant is boasting hefty little pinchers that weigh in north of three kegs your cash will disappear faster than a dirty dog on bath day. Happily, all the bright orange, heavy-clawed beauties at Queens Chow, the restaurant inside Merivale’s latest glamour pub, only just tip the one kilo mark, which makes ordering one exxy, but not unspeakably pricey if you’re in the mood to treat yourself.
What could be better than a massive plate piled high with bright orange crab claws, ready to be crunched with cutlery, the meat within sticky with sauce and ready to eat? It’s a Sydneysiders little slice of heaven, that’s what it is. Here’s our definitive list of where to get messy in Sydney with the best crab available.