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Soft Shell Crab

22 September 2015 | 4:33 pm | Staff Writer

Light and crispy on the outside, soft and succulent on the inside. No fiddly bits. What's not to love? Here's where to get your soft shell crab fix around town.


Mopho Canteen  197 Carlisle St, Balaclava

This new modern Vietnamese eatery serves up soft shell crab with betel leaf, sriracha mayo, watercress and spring onion salad. It conveniently comes in entrée or main sizes.

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Hammer & Tong  Rear 412 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

These guys are kinda famous for their soft shell crab burger, with sesame slaw, coriander, spring onion and sriracha mayo. You'll also see it on the menu whenever Hammer & Tong have their food truck at festivals.

Top Paddock  658 Church St, Richmond

Much has been said of Top Paddock's fresh Queensland soft shell mud crab roll, with a fennel and dill salad and lime mayo in a brioche bun.

Newmarket Hotel  34 Inkerman St, St Kilda

Celebrating "the flavour of California with a wink to the south", the Newmarket has a soft shell crab taco on their menu, with fennel, corn, and spiced tomatillo.

The Smith  213 High St, Prahran

The Smith's menu is chock full of mouth-watering seafood delights, including a black pepper soft shell crab yuba roll with Vietnamese mint and chilli kewpie.

Cumulus Inc  45 Flinders Ln, CBD

Ok, so you've rocked up to Cumulus Inc and you're preparing for a big nights of eats. Start with the oysters, and then move onto the soft shell crab with fermented chilli. Continue.                         

Seamstress Restaurant & Bar  113 Lonsdale St, CBD

Order a Singapore chilli soft shell crab, toasted rice and green mango salad to go with your cocktail for a fresh and casually fancy lunch.


Cyren Bar Grill Seafood — Shop 197, 2-10 Darling Drive, Harbourside, Darling Harbour

Yes, you would expect a place with 'seafood' in their name to get it right, and Cyren delivers with their tempura soft shell crab with chilli, shallots and a ginger dipping sauce.

Chat Thai  20 Campbell St, Haymarket & 222a Carrington Rd, Randwick

Do yourself a f(l)avour and order the Bpu Nim Padt Pohng Karee — stir fry of crisp soft shell crab in a mildly aromatic yellow curry sauce with lovage.

Nakashima  7 Cambridge St, The Rocks

Anyone who tries the soft shell crab salad at this cosy Japanese restaurant just raves about it.

Belly Bao  Goodgod Small Club, 55 Liverpool St, Sydney

We all know the pork belly bao is the most popular but if you wanna go for something a little different, Belly Bao does a soft shell crab one.

Burger Liquor Lobster  Manly Wharf Hotel, Manly & The London Hotel, Paddington

Burger Liquor Lobster offers up exactly what the name says, and a little more — including the crispy soft shell crab roll with sweet chilli and lime mayo, iceberg lettuce and shallots.

Queenie's  Level 1, The Forresters, Cnr Foveaux & Riley Sts, Surry Hills

The jerk chicken here is so good you'll be licking your fingers for days, and their coconut soft shell crab with hotsteppa sauce is just as delicious.