On a bright sunny weekend, we went to Steveston with the idea of getting fish & chips. But we sidetracked as decided to check out the Crab King. It’s a casual seafood restaurant floating on the water, just off the shore in Steveston, a stone’s throw away from Pajo’s.
The menu is a fairly eclectic assortment of seafood dishes, including oysters, clams, scallops, prawns, crab cakes, fish & chips, and a heavy emphasis on fresh crab. There were several tanks of live dungeness crabs by the entrance to the restaurant.
We started with the crab king poutine
This is a good size platter of fries, topped with cheese curds, a seafood sauce, and chunks of steamed crab meat. The fries were excellent. They are very crispy and well seasoned. The crab is tender and fresh, and the cheese curds were partially melted and very stringy. The seafood sauce was warm and savory and had a little shrimp paste in it (a south east asian condiment made from fermented ground shrimp and salt). I’m not a big fan of shrimp paste, and I didn’t think it added anything that I wanted to seafood sauce.
And since the original objective was to get fish & chips, we ordered some deep fried salmon and cod.
These are fillets of fresh sockeye salmon (the one with a toothpick sticking out of it) and pacific cod, dipped in a light batter and deep fried to a delicate crisp. It’s served with a small cup of tartar sauce, some fresh coleslaw and a lemon wedge. The fish was fresh and cooked to a delicate finish. The coleslaw is lightly tossed with a tangy mayonnaise type dressing.
The room was large, bright, clean and functional (sturdy chairs and stainless steel table tops covered with butchers paper.
Our server was pleasant, cheerful and attentive.
I saw a number of tables ordering the Crab King platter. It’s huge order consisting of two cooked-to-order dungeness crabs, mussels, prawns, king crab legs, potatoes and corn. It’s a giant order meant for groups of hungry diner, and I’m tempted to come back and try it some day.