Hubby and I went on a food binge last week and we ended up in Red Crab. It's located on the second floor of the Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, right across the floating garden, Oasis.
When we went inside the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by a very cordial staff and we were given a good table for two. The tables had minimal decor which they took out when the plates were placed in front of us.
When you do visit the restaurant, don't be surprised if you see the tables covered in something like brown manila paper. They use these so that customers can put the crab shells on the table and it would be easy for them to clean it up.
Their menu on appetizers is very extensive, but we chose to order their version of sisig.
Now if you're used to crunchy style sisig (the likes of Dencio's and Gerry's Grill), you may not find this to your liking at once, but the taste will grow on you once you had a bite or two.
I had Strawberry Iced Tea served in a "wine" glass. It was good and even with the amount of ice, it never tasted watery. Hubby ordered the Red Crab Iced Tea, with complimentary refills (meaning refillable). The staff showed efficiency in their service, hubby did not have to call someone for his drink to be refilled everytime it ran out, as well as our water glasses.
On to the main dish:
We had garlic rice and for our viand, we had the Spicy Crab:
When you order the crab, you will be given the choice between a male or female crab. If you want more crab fat (aligue), I suggest go for the female crab, but if you want more meat, get the male.
It had the taste of coconut milk and curry powder. There's nothing else to say except, the crab was great! For the size of the crab, it could have easily fed 4 people!
If you're wondering how we ate the crab, they gave us "crab crackers" which we used to crack open the pincers. They also gave us something to pick the pincers with. Were we scared that the sauce might drip onto our clothes? No. Bibs were placed around us by the staff to make sure that we enjoyed our meal without the shame of crab sauce dripping all over the front of our clothes.
Don't worry, even with the crab crackers and the metal crab picker, they do encourage you to use your hands when eating the crab.
We asked the staff about where to place the crab shell and we were told that we can place it on the table (again, that's why they have manila paper on the table). It caught us by surprise and I did personally find it unhygenic. When the staff saw my discomfort, they immediately gave us extra plates to put the shell on, which they replaced everytime it was full, talk about efficiency.
That's the dipping bowl given to customers who eat crabs. It had lime slices which took out the fishy smell from my and hubby's hands. I was able to hold my camera again after scrubbing my hands with the lime slices.
We weren't in a hurry that day so we decided to stay a while longer, have coffee and dessert while we were at it too.
Hubby ordered their coffee, and yes, it's better than the drip coffee of some coffee shops out there.
I had the Mocha Float.
Coffee, chocolate, whipped cream and chocolate fudge goodness.
The only thing that I really did not like was that I had to follow-up on the float. It was not served along with the coffee and the slice of Mocha Sansrival that I ordered.
The staff served it with no apology or an explanation why I had to follow up on it. Quite bad, but the whole experience will not be based on that single instance alone.
I have a sweet tooth and this slice of cake made my day. It wasn't too sweet, that I would would have thought I was eating sugar, but it was not bland to think that I wasn't eating dessert. The wafer was not too gummy, that it would have been hard for us to eat it. The texture of the icing was smooth and melted inside our mouths which gave us the full taste of the slice.
We felt full after the meal, but definitely not heavy. We called in the staff and asked for our tab. Now, this is where and when we got the shock of our day. The total for what we ate: Php2,700 ++ (more than two thousand, seven hundred pesos)! Very expensive. When we scanned our bill, the biggest item on it was the crab.
The crab dishes from Red Crab do not have a fixed price, it is charged at somewhere between Php100 (one hundred pesos) and Php170 (one hundred and seventy pesos) per gram.
But even with this little hitch, we were satisfied with what we ate. Will we be going back there? Definitely! Will we order crab again? Maybe.
How will I rate it?
Food quality: 9/10
What can I suggest if you want to order one of their crab dishes? Be in a group of at least 4 people and make sure that you guys agreed to share the tab.
Halie's Food Guide by Nathalie Santos - Dayo is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at halieskitchen.blogspot.com.
30 September 2010
Red Crab - Gateway Mall Araneta Center Cubao
Red Crab - Gateway Mall Araneta Center Cubao
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