Tastes of Jersey
A half an hour flight from Heathrow took me to the island of Jersey recently and what a wonderful place it is. Besides the varied and constantly changing landscapes and the fascinating low tidal beaches, one of the aspects that I really enjoyed was the local produce and in particular the seafood I tried whilst I was there.
On the day I arrived I was met at Jersey airport by my friends who took me for a whistle stop tour of the island which set the scene for things to come.
When it was time to eat we arrived at St Brelade beach and there on the front was Jersey Crab Shack Restaurant and Bar.
We arrived just on 2.00pm which is the end of lunch service however staff accommodated us to the delight of my grumbling stomach. We were seated away from the window however this still offered really good beach line views.
The atmosphere was casual and relaxed. We didn’t feel rushed and the staff were all friendly and informal. I sensed there was a confidence about the food being served.
Although the menu is seafood focused there are some meat and vegetarian options available. For the three of us however it was all about the sea. There is a good selection of breads and appetisers available, a selection of first course dishes and of course, mains, desserts and drinks.
We opted for a main and were instantly attracted to the specials.
These included dishes like Coconut King Prawns, Crab Salad, Seafood Linguine and Fish & Shellfish board.
All three of us chose the Fish & Shellfish board which included oak roast salmon, king prawns, crab on toast, mackerel, smoked salmon and saffron aioli.
At £15.95 this was simply delicious. I wanted more of the crab on toast!
I washed my lunch down with a local Pinot Grigio whilst my companions opted for a refreshing lager.
Never one to not clock what everyone else is eating, we spied the table near us had ordered the Island Platter (£17.95) which looked incredible and included crab claws, gambas, prawns, king prawns, smoked salmon, salad, garlic mayonnaise and Marie Rose sauce (pictured below).
Up next was the desserts. I don't usually have a sweet tooth but my dish was divine. I opted for the Salted Jersey Caramel Popcorn Cheesecake (pictured below) which was exactly as promised. Vanilla cheesecake with caramel sauce, topped with popcorn which was also topped with caramel sauce. There was a good balance of salted caramel flavour to the whole dish.
My companions chose the Double Choc Dessert which consisted of a chocolate brownie, Jersey vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate sauce and roasted almonds.
Average price for a dessert is £5.25.
Jersey Crab Shack was a fantastic introduction to the island’s produce and I really enjoyed the atmosphere and vibe. I will definitely go back next I’m in Jersey and will also pop into their sister restaurant at Gorey. Be rude not to.