Crab is a wonderful dish. I just love its succulent, firm, sweet fresh meat. The idea of having nice big crabs cooked and served in a plastic bag full of delicious rich sauce is one which appeals to me.
So when this new concept recently hit Singapore, I was happy to give it a try.
We popped by the newest one of the three restaurants which offer this here, located amidst the bustling food paradise of Katong – Full of Crab.
Upon entering the restaurant, one might feel as if you had entered a seafood shack by the beach or in a little town in the US or something like that. The place had a laidback feel to it, with wooden panels, graffiti and crab-themed décor (fishing nets, fake crabs, anchors etc).
We had to wait a bit for a table to be set up as we came in pretty late and they had to wrap it securely with a plastic sheet (as no plates are used here for the seafood it seems).
One of the owners was around and spoke to us for a bit, welcoming us and helping to give recommendations. He was friendly, earnest yet sincere and honest, so ZX decided he would like the place if the food was good.
I had wanted to try the Captain’s Choice – the Sri Lankan Crabs and Shrimp combo, but the shrimps were sold out (which the guy who spoke to us was rather apologetic about). So we went for an order of Sri Lankan Crabs (1 kg, market price – which was S$72 that night) and Alaskan King Crab Legs (500g, market price – which was S$57).
There were three choices of sauces – Garlic Butter, Cajun, and Fully Loaded. We opted for the Fully Loaded for both, a combination of the first two sauces, as it was the one which was recommended (by netizens and staff).
Unfortunately it was a bit difficult to take photos of our meal so I don’t have that many to share – as the whole eating process is a rather messy (but fun) affair, of sauce and shells all over hands, face and table.
But the crabs were rather fresh, juicy and enjoyable, so we went back happy and satisfied (though my fingers smelled like crab for a loooong time after this). I liked the fresh and firm, sweet tasting crab meat which came out of the shells in beautiful big chunks.
The sauce was peppery, herby, salty and sweet – an assuage of senses, and could get a bit overpowering if too much is consumed at a time. They also gave us some limes and little tubs of salt and pepper though, which gave an additional dimension of a refreshing citrus-y saltiness to the overall taste.
I rather liked the Sweet Potato Fries (S$7) too, crispy, warm and moist.
All the cracking and peeling was actually quite tiring/tedious for a lazy person like me though, so I might not go back again that soon… therefore till next time, when a craving for cajun crabs arises!
The food described above and a beer each (a Tiger Radler and a Heineken) cost around S$80 per pax.
If you like crabs and don’t mind some mess and work, do give this place a try – pretty good taste and quality of food, ambience and service!
Full of Crab
195 East Coast Road
Tel: +65 6348 8195
Open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4.00pm to 10.00pm, closed Tuesdays, and open till 10.30pm on Fridays. Open from 11.30am to 10.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays.