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Best Soft Shell Crab in Melbourne

Best soft shell crab in Melbourne features innovative dishes; from burgers to curries and often features golden crab fried to a light crisp. 

1. Son In Law - Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Tiger Prawns

Son In Law delivers with this modern Thai dish of Crispy Soft Shell Crab and Tiger Prawns; a variation on the traditional Thai Green Curry dish.

In fact you can order the Thai Green curry straight up, and if a traditionalist, Son In Law is still for you. Yet we enjoyed the modern and adventurous dishes, with the soft shell crab and tiger prawns cooked perfectly and combining as a seafood triumph against spicy green curry. Enjoyed with coconut rice this was a hugely rewarding dish.

2. Chin Chin - Dry Red Curry of Soft Shell Crab

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The Dry red curry of soft shell crab again delivered with big flavours and a superb presentation of the dish. To be honest The World Loves Melbourne is not normally a huge fan of soft shell crab but this dish is top notch, with a curry kick. A taste and texture triumph.

3. Hammer & Tong - Soft Shell Crab Burger


Melbourne's most recognisable soft shell crab dish. Get your fix of Soft Shell Crab Burger at Hammer & Tong; also appearing at festivals and part of the Hammer & Tong Food Truck menu selection.

4. Toko - Soft Shell Crab with Wasabi Mayonnaise

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Soft shell crab is one of the pleasures of life and Toko in Prahran serve up a delightful Crispy soft shell crab with wasabi mayonnaise. 

5. Public House - Fried Soft Shell Crab Tacos

Public House in Richmond excels with the Fried soft shell crab tacos; delicious with corn and avocado salsa and kewpie mayo. Refreshing and tasty.

6. United Kitchen & Tapas Bar - Soft Shell Crab with Chimichurri Sauce & Fresh Lime

Fresh soft shell crab served with Chimichurri sauce and fresh lime, a stand out dish, was accompanied by a side order of Mexican style grilled corn loaded with ricotta, ancho chilli mayo and fresh coriander.

7. Top Paddock - Fresh Qld Soft Shell Mud Crab With Fennel and Dill Salad & Lime Mayonnaise in Brioche


Generous amount of soft shell crab in this burger make it a worthy meal; complemented by sexy fennel and dill salad and punch of lime. Image: Top Paddock.

8. New Shanghai - Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab

A standout at New Shanghai in The Emporium is the Salt and Pepper Soft Shell Crab. Crispy outside and tender inside, and a generous portion.

9. Masak Ku - Butter Soft Shell Crab

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The highlight at Masak Ku in Camberwell for The World Loves Melbourne is this Butter Soft Shell Crab dish; soft shell crab cooked in butter, curry leaves, chopped chillies, garlic, desiccated coconut and eggs. Decadent, this dish hits the mark with crispy exterior and soft interior, along with tang and kick of the chillies and curry leaves. We couldn't get enough of this despite the generous portion!

10. One Plus Piece - Tempura Soft Shell Crab

A cracking burger is the Tempura Soft Shell Crab with Secret Slaw and Wasabi Mayo!   The portion was generous, with soft shell crab a luxury item made acccessible. Sometimes soft shell crab burgers can be light on and not fill you up, but One Plus Piece in Balwyn have added extra ingredients such as the slaw to make this a hearty rich burger. The soft shell crab costs slightly more but it's understandable as soft shell crab doesn't come cheap. We're still thinking of the crunch as we bite into this burger, complemented with the soft brioche.