London Dining: Shrimpy’s Soft Shell Crab Burger Love 2.0

So you know how I feel about Shrimpy’s soft shell crab burger right? It was love at first bite (read about it here). Well Shrimpy’s have given their burger a makeover. Out with the gherkin, avocado and spicy sauce, in with the bacon, provolone and rouille.


Firstly can we just take a moment to behold the brioche bun. Check out those almost croissanty layers. Then the cheese. Melting cheese and rouille (think spicy saffrony mayo). Try not to salivate. *Homer Simpson style dribbling*

Shrimpy's brioche bun
Shrimpy’s brioche bun

I don’t eat meat so had the burger without the bacon. Next time I’ll ask for a slice of tomato as delish as it was, I do think something salty or acidic is required to cut through the creaminess of the Provolone and rouille sauce.

We were there for Sunday Lunch so not starting off with cocktails would have been rude non?

Bloody Maria (made with tequila)
Bloody Maria (made with tequila)
Shrimpy's Fizz (Cachacha, pineapple, lime juice, Cava)
Shrimpy’s Fizz (Cachacha, pineapple, lime juice, Cava)

For sides, we ordered a fresh green salad with capers which was simple and good and humita (corn) that wasn’t offensive but a bit meh.

Green salad with capers
Green salad with capers
Humita (corn)
Humita (corn)

And then for dessert:

Banana and peanut butter sandwich served with ice cream
Banana and peanut butter sandwich served with ice cream – yum

The passionfruit and fennel seed mess was an unexpected flavour combination (to me) that I was intrigued by. It worked perfectly – light, zingy and palate cleansing at the end of the meal.

Passionfruit and fennel seed mess
Passionfruit and fennel seed mess

Also worth noting  that my experience of service was much improved from my previous visit.

Shrimpy’s do an excellent deal of 3 courses for £17.50 if you eat there at certain times. Considering that the soft shell crab burger on its own is £13.50 that’s bargaintastic. For details check out 

Shrimpy’s, The King’s Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4U. Tel: 020 8880 6111

UPDATE: Shrimpy’s closed on 24 December 2014

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