Cray Kitchen is opening soon in Vancouver and will serve Louisiana style cuisine, beer and more.
I had never been to one of these 'wear a bib and eat seafood' type restaurants. My friend mentioned the flavoring was better than The Crab Pot in Seattle. We got the medium-spicy.
However, we are two small girls, and ordered the largest (crab, crawfish and shrimp option, $30 per person) and finished it all up no problem. It was barely enough for us; we were full, but for any average male it probably wouldn't be enough. Yet it should be, if you are paying that much each, plus drinks.
Most of the contents of the pot is shell and other things to discard in the garbage pail they provide you. Only about 1/3 of the contents actually makes it into your stomach.
Also, I only had ONE small piece of crab, and my friend I think had one as well. Most of the pot was shrimp and crawfish. The crawfish has almost no meat in it. I felt kind of ripped off and wished we had just ordered the shrimp option.
The messiness factor is an interesting 'once in a lifetime' thing to try, but I don't think it would really be worthwhile going back, unless I'm absolutely craving it. The mojitos are better than average.
I purchased a vaneats coupon and decided to come here during December. When we first sat down, the server was really friendly and tried to start up a couple of small talks with us. When we told her about our vaneats coupon, she asked to see the coupon so she can take down the code and will put our order in. When the food came, the shrimp portion was a lot bigger than we expected... After about 10 mins or so, we realize that the Crawfish was taking a little longer than usual so we asked if it was on the way. Well, the server apparently "forgot" to mention to us that they were out of Crawfish....She said "we double up your shrimp so instead of 1/2 of shrimp you got 1lb of shrimp to replace the crawfish, I hope that's okay." At that point, the food was already on the table, we were already eating it... not much that could have been done.. The whole concept and reason why I brought the vaneats coupon was to come and try out the crawfish but instead I had a lb of shrimp instead. I wouldnt have mind so much if she has just mentioned it before she decided to punch in our order so we were well aware. Better yet, maybe told us and we would have used it another time when they had orders of Crawfish in the restaurant.... Food was good i guess, just never got to try the main thing to eat at this restaurant.
We gave Cray a try last week because we were seeking a chill place to eat seafood.
The place is fairly new, open less than two months. It was empty when we walked in about 7pm on a week night. We ordered the shrimp, crayfish, and a lobster, as well as some sides (which were standard deep fried fare). While the flavour of the seafood was tasty, each shellfish was served in its own plastic bag with little cutlery or other ways to manage the seafood. At first we thought the expectation was to dump it on the table, but there was too much liquid. Overall, I found the process to be very messy. Also, the pricing is by the pound for each of the seafood we selected, which did not yield a lot of meat when you factor in the weight of the shells remaining. This was especially true for the lobster and crayfish, but the shrimp seemed to be the easiest to peel and yielded the most meat. While our server was attentive, the restaurant had the feel of a chain in terms of ambience and service.
I would head back again with out of town guests because it really is gimmicky. Next time I would have the shrimp because it seems like the best value.
why are they busy? What is the idea? Just hip bit no substance? for starters we found that crawfish do not have much meat. It is like a bony oversized shrimp. We have to suck onthe fish to get some meat? Next is that it is one large mess. The sauce was garlicy so I carried the taste all night. Oystrers weren't special. I am not a girl that eats a lot and likes to gorge on pizza and cake but I felt I left hungry.
Saw them on CTV so decided to give them a shot. This restaurant is going to be a hit. Try their cajun fries, cod nuggets and shrimp. I found crawfish has less meat but very tasty. They also have tons of beer on tap good for parties. Ill come back when Canucks start playing.