So remember how I discovered Claypots Seafood Bar last year? Well, it has become part of my Melbourne eating ritual ever since.

I’m back in Melbourne later this week so thought I should post up all the delectable meals I had during my previous Melbourne trip (a few months ago), before this one!

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - giant octopus lighting and seating

This restaurant is extremely popular so we’re stuck in the crowded bar
along with at least thirty other people waiting for a table. They don’t
take bookings.

Luckily for Zen & I, most of them need tables of four or more so our table for two is fast tracked. We’re seating in the back for the first time, beneath the large octopus light installation.

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - blackboard menu

The blackboard menu is seasonal which means there’s always something new to try. But first, we must start with the garlic king prawns ($9 each). They’re served sizzling hot in a mini cast iron wok and taste even better than what I remembered them to be.

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - garlic prawns

As we’re here quite late, we’re advised that most of the large fishes have already sold out. I’m not disappointed at all since I had my eyes on the mud crab the instant I saw it on the menu!

At the envy of all nearby tables, our mud crab with gumbo ($80) arrives on an enormous platter, beckoning to be photographed and eaten.

The gumbo is tucked away neatly beneath the beautiful pile of mud crab and mussels. The thick sauce is well-spiced and flavoured with the succulent crab juices. The mud crab shell has been smashed in all the right places, making it such a bliss to eat. There’s an abundance of moist, flaky, sweet flesh.

It is so so good.

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - mud crab with gumbo

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - mud crab with gumbo close up

And because you can’t come to Claypots Seafood Bar and not have some fresh fish, we also order the pan-fried silver whitings ($20).

The fine bones are a nuisance but it is otherwise delicious.

Claypots Seafood Bar - St Kilda Melbourne - pan fried silver whiting

A lot of you ask which Melbourne restaurants I would recommend… Well, this one is high up on the list and I’m sure you can now see why.


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Claypots Seafood Bar
213 Barkly Street, St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 9534 1282

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.