With much effort comes great reward. I am pretty sure Confucius said that, right? Sure. Anyways. The effort we are referring to here is using a cracker to pull the meat out of a crab leg, and the reward is enjoying it’s sweet tender taste. If you’ve ever had a shellfish dinner, you know why it comes with a bib, but wear that white smock with pride and tie it tight, baby, because it’s a sign that you’re about to get delightfully messy.
We sought out the bounty of the sea at Capri, in DePasqual Square on Historic Federal Hill. We heard about their generous seafood offerings, and worked up an appetite for a hearty meal.
So we started with a couple of apps, you know, to feast before the feast. First we got the calamari, which was lightly fried and tossed in a sweet chili glaze. Did you know that Calamari is the official appetizer of Rhode Island? Rightfully so! We also got our fingers sticky with the braised short ribs; bone in and tender. We tried to find out what the savory sauce they were coated in was, but we were informed it was a family recipe!
But to get to the main event, we ordered the seafood platter that was large enough to feed a family reunion. A pound of each of the following; crab legs, mussels, clams, shrimp, and crawfish. Step one is to choose the rub (we went with Cajun) and then the spice level (we went with medium, just a little bite of heat!). Options range from mild all the way to suicidal, just depending on how daring you get with your taste buds.
This glorious shellfish medley is steamed in Cajun spice rub, allowing the flavors to soak up into the meat. Corn on the cob and diced potatoes were scatter between bites of shrimp, to give the feel of a real authentic summer time clam bake. Finish it off with a squeeze of grilled lemon to add a bit of extra zest!
If you have never experienced this kind of meal, it is really quite an experience. Embrace the saucyness, and dig in. Lots of cracking, ripping, and dipping are all part of the fun!
Now we did note that shellfish can get messy (in a fun and delicious way), but fear not, because Capri supplies you with all of the tools necessary. A large bowl for discarded shells (KEY), claw crackers, cocktail forks (for getting every speck of crab meat out of there!), bibs, aprons and rubber gloves. So gear up, and look cute while you crack into that crab!
*Side note: It’s also an option to order this dish plain steamed, with the spiced broth on the side, for dipping!
What good meal doesn’t come with something refreshing to wash it all down? (hint, this meal came with a good one). Lucky for us, there were three ladies to help sip this massive drink down. Muddled strawberries, mint, and an entire bottle of Moscoto served over ice. Lightly sweet and smooth was a fantastic addition to our meal.
We would love to extend a warm thanks to our friends at Capri for feeding us such tasty seafood and cocktails! We can’t wait to come back up the hill for more seafood so very soon.
Also big thanks to our photographer Danny (@Daniel.e.photography1) and our lovely models Alexis (@artbyalexus) Ariel (@ariel_laporte) and Cassidy (@femalecasssanova). Yall are adorbs in your lil aprons!