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C Shack
3 Pier Place,
Newhaven Harbour,
0131 467 8628
Opening Hours - Closed Mon; Tues & Wed 6pm-10pm (kitchen closes 9.30pm) Thurs & Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, (kitchen closes 9.30pm) Sat 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 10pm (kitchen close 9.30pm) Sun 12.30 pm - 8pm (kitchen close 7.30pm)

Fish and shellfish, 35 day aged burgers and Belgian biers are the triptych underpinning the menu at C Shack. There are wines, puddings and cheese too, don't fret, but this tiny Newhaven restaurant is refreshingly straightforward in its approach. 

Nets and creels litter the entrance of what was the Port of Siam Thai restaurant and fresh Asian flavours still infuse many dishes. I order crispy prawns, mange-tout and peanut salad (£8) to start and Mr Bite has yellow fin tuna tartare and quail's egg (£8). Both are excellent. My salad comprises sweet hot spicy flavour, crunchy nuts, shredded veg. and fat curly prawns. Mr Bite insists that his tartare is far better than its meaty namesake.

For mains I have sea bass with broccoli, sweet basil and chilli (£15) and Mr Bite has Shaw's 35 day dry-aged rump & marrow burger (£12.50). It is slightly tepid in temperature and my feet are held to the fire about mentioning overly runny brown sauce (done!). However, the depth of flavour in the burger is immediately apparent and distinctive and the skinny fries are appropriately well-seasoned. We appreciate the quality of the meat here but feel presentation could be better. My bass is served on the bone and is delicious. Again the Thai flavours are spot on.  Distracted by a gargantuan plate fish 'n' chips at the next table we plan our return trip. 

For pudding I am tempted by George Mewes artisan cheese board (£10) but it's probably a meal in itself and so I opt for chocolate orange brownie with peanut butter ice cream and salted caramel (£6.75). The brownie is pleasingly gooey and the ice cream is subtle with warm saltiness coming courtesy of the caramel sauce. The calories slip down oh so easily in this perfectly balanced dish but hush (!) we don't mention the C word in these reviews. 

Chowders, ceviche,  good 'ol fish 'n' chips, lobsters and other assorted 'shells',  whatever your fishy desires C Shack is sure to please. (S, Wilson)

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