The Crab Pot has a special room built which replicates the cabin of a crab fishing boat, including a very realistic robotic Captain Jack, who swivels on his chair and provides a running commentary over a 40-minute show. You must reserve to be in this room, the "windows" of which are video screens.
The owner and his son went to Petersburg, Alaska, and made a video of a commercial crab fishing trip. This video has been adapted to provide a near-360º view of the entire outing, from casting off at the wharf, through various adventures at sea and back to tie-up at the wharf, which you watch through the window/video screens.
The room accommodates about 16 or so, but there were just seven people at one long table along the side of the cabin celebrating a 9-year old’s birthday, and just My Beloved and me on our long table on our side of the cabin. While in the cabin of the boat, the floor actually moves to provide the impression of riding the waves. At one point, the boat hits a large submerged object, which shakes the entire cabin and can really startle one. By sound, Captain Jack talks to his crew and they say they are trying to patch the hole. At another point, smoke erupts through the floor at Captain Jack’s feet, which causes him to send out a May-day to the Coastguard and a conversation ensues, only to end when the crew assure Captain Jack that the fire has been extinguished.
At the beginning of the show, your waiter takes drink and appetiser orders, which are delivered to you while you are at sea. My Beloved chose a long Blue Tsunami and strips of calamari. I chose an equally long Summer Hummer and, surprise, surprise, crab cakes. He also takes your orders for main courses, so that after the show, you are led to your table (we had previously chosen one outside on the patio) where we found our bottle of Merlot sitting ready for us, to be followed very shortly with our main courses. My Beloved’s main was Ahi Tuna, medium rare, which came with French fries, broccoli and zucchini. I had chosen something I have only eaten uncooked before, as sushi, yellowtail. I thought that I could eat most of the items on the menu at any fish restaurant, but I had never seen yellowtail, grilled, on a menu before, so I had chosen it, along, again, with French fries and the same veggies. I had to admit, however, that the Ahi tuna was more flavourful and tender than the yellowtail, which was still good.
These days, I always eat the veggies first, so that with my tummy not accommodating as much as it did fifty years ago, I have room for the main item and some, not all, of the fries. Wow, how things change as one gets towards a mature four score years!
Being the birthday boy, I was entitled to a free dessert. Three were offered: a walnut ice cream on an Orio-type base; a lemon sponge cake with rhubarb and strawberry topping; and, yes, yes, a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream on top. Mmm! We agreed to share and the waiter assured us that we would never be able to eat one each and that the brownie was the smallest of the three. Well, if that was the smallest, I hesitate to dream about the size of the others. But, it was warm out of the oven and deliciously moist and chocolatey.
What a delicious meal – and an adventurous one on the sea!
Food and drinks for two of us, including 20% tip, $120.