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Published June 2nd 2017
Want to Eat with your Fingers, a Hammer and a Spoon?
Mount Lawley has so many cafes, restaurants and takeaway places and some stay for many years, whereas others are unfortunately not so successful and therefore there are always new ones opening up.
One of the latest of these restaurants is Grab A Yabby who describe themselves as "the messiest and most fun place in Australia to, well, grab a yabby!"
They opened in January, 2017 and are in a small arcade on Beaufort Street.
The front entrance
The entrance to the restaurant is via a small lane off Beaufort Street and there is parking in a carpark behind/side of the restaurant (off Vincent Street).
They provide a sauce with their seafood meals and you have a choice of four, which are:
Grab A Yabby Special which is a Cajun-inspired sauce filled with spices that has peppery heat
XO — Asian inspired sauce containing lemon grass, shallots, dried prawns and scallops
Inferno — Moroccan-inspired sauce with a tomato and capsicum base, mixed with herbs & spices
Garlic Butter - their version of this popular one
Added to this, you can have the sauce to your desired level of heat from mild through to hot, extreme and all the way to insane.
The menu was quite large and had some very interesting things on it and these included:
Crab or chicken sliders
Australian tiger prawns
Seafood meal for two
Many meat dishes
A few vegetarian dishes
A full copy of their main menu can be seen here, and their lunch specials menu can be seen here.
Many of their meals are marked at "market prices", and there is a large board near the kitchen showing the daily market prices for each item.
Market prices for beginning of June
Meals are served in a plastic bag and you are given a dish to put the shells in.
Food is served in a plastic bag here!
This restaurant has white tablecloths, however, not the ones we are used to! They are made especially for Grab A Yabby and are a very thick paper and this serves as your plate - yes, you put the food direct on the table and then proceed to eat with your fingers!
No plates here to wash up!
It is a unique way of dining and was something very different and worth doing at least once .... no good manners needed here! At the end of the meal, the dish is collected with all the shells and the dirty tablecloths are folded and thrown out.
The MESS on completion of our meal!
It is quite a large place and very open and bright with large windows everywhere.
There are quaint tables for two, as well as couch type seating for 4 and larger parties.
A nicely set out Restaurant
The service was fast and friendly and we waited about 10 minutes for our meal. Our waitress brought us our "hammers" and set the table in an unusual way! The hammer is to smash the shell of some of the seafood.
The set table
While I have not used a "bib" for very many years, at Grab A Yabby, you wear a bib around your neck to protect your clothes from the mess you will make.
Back to childhood of wearing a bib!
When this was first brought to use, we were somewhat taken aback, being in a plastic bag, as this seemed very alien to the way I am used to eating and having a meal served! However, it was fun, as it was meant to be.
We chose the seafood platter for two which cost $55 for two and we chose the Cajun dressing in medium. We received two yabbies, which are quite difficult to open but there is quite a bit of meat once you do master the art of opening them and it was delicious dipped in the Cajun sauce.
Get rid of your frustrations by hammering a yabby!
There were 4 large prawns, many pipis (which I had not eaten before and were delightful), mussels, corn on the cob, potatoes and a bowl of rice which we dipped into the sauce and ate it with spoons supplied from the plastic bag.
Delicious pippis and large, juicy mussels
Our waitress was very friendly and explained what we do with each item and even changed our gloves half way through the meal. I think the meal was good value as the yabbies are very expensive, and there were no fillers like chips which you usually get with seafood platters.
This is indeed a fun place and would be great fun for a small party - we enjoyed our food very much, and felt it was something a bit "different" to the norm.
It is one of about 8 different cafes within a minutes walk of each other and with each one vying for a share of the market, it is good to see something a bit different opening up. This restaurant has opened in both Perth and Melbourne, and I hope it will survive unlike so many others there that have not.
We found the food quite exceptional, as was the menu - prices were probably above average however in keeping with seafood restaurants.