THE RED KING CRAB HAS ARRIVED
THE RED KING CRAB AT THE OYSTER HOUSE
November 9, 2015
The King Crab travels across the Ocean floor on slow, quiet feet. So quiet that we only just found out that the first crabs of the Season are arriving tomorrow! The Red King Crab (Paralithodes camtschaticus, aka Kamchatka Crab, for those that remember playing Risk) is considered by many to be the finest of a very fine group of large, cold-water crabs (the Kings). And the price reflects this. $78/pound this year. Wow. “Recession? What recession?” asks the Red King Crab.
Crabs typically arrive Tuesdays and Thursday/Fridays, although this is not set in stone, and depends on the fishing conditions in Alaska as well as the shipping conditions from BC. If the crabs are weak, they’ll keep them in the water in BC a little longer, to regain their strength for the 2nd leg of their trip to Toronto. And if it’s too stormy up North, we don;t see them at all for a bit.
As always, for a meal like this, we recommend calling up your friends/family/clients/employers or anyone else you want to share it with, and reserving a crab with us. We’ll keep one (or two) aside for when you arrive. They are not hardy travellers, so mortality is a fact of life, but we’ve found this is the best way to make sure that the $78/lb moment is honoured. Call or email at
416-363-8105 ext 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll tag your crab when we open the boxes.