A succulent white shellfish, langoustines look like a scaled down lobster about the size of a large prawn. The best of them come from the frigid waters off Scotland and Scandanavia and, extremely perishable, they must be shipped live to retain maximum flavour.

They can grow up to 25cm long but it's their delicious tail meat that is the reason for their popularity. They have a complex delicate sophisticated sweetness so are best with minimal cooking and light sauces. They also match well with salty ham or asian spicing.