The Red Crab Experience

To celebrate our monthsary as husband and wife, we decided to check-in in one of the hotels in Manila and then have a very good dinner date. Yes, we love to eat. And yes, we do still stay in a hotel kahit na mag-asawa na kami. But don’t get me wrong, okay? I said, hotel, not motel. Ayt?

We chose the Gateway Mall in Cubao, Quezon City since it has been ages since the last pasyal namin doon. Initially, plan was to go to our favorite Burgoo. And I dragged my husband to still look for some other place.. And we saw The Red Crab Cafe.

Serves more than 14 crab dishes such as Thai Chili Crab, Singaporean Chili Crab, Salt & Pepper Crab, Crab Sotanghon, Deep Fried, Steamed, Black Bean Crab, Deep Fried Crab Claws, Crab Paella, Crab Relleno, Baked Crab in Cheese Sauce and of course the Szechuan Crab with its gingery sweet & spicy taste remains to be the crowd favorite and definitely a must try for first timers!

The menu was displayed right at the cafe’s door. So we checked out the prices and it seems affordable naman. LOL. So, we got in. We were welcomed by a so-so waiter. The place is so clean. There were only a few customer that time. A couple and a family of four only, actually. We ordered Beef Rendang and Szechuan 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.

Crab Szechuan | Serving choices: 800g-1kl. 135.00, 1kl. – up 145.00, Female All Sizes 155.00, 600-700g 105.00

Beef Rendang

The food was great. Super!! 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. Hahaha!

When it’s time to get the tab, it was the most surprising and shocking part of our new year celebration. For a szechuan crab (male – 900g), beef rendang, 2 plain rice, 1 strawberry iced tea (bottomless) and 1 mineral water, it was shockingly Php 2,100.00++. Yes! That ‘s the price of what we ate. Haha! But even if it’s a bit expensive, it’s all worth it. No regrets. We got a new favorite restaurant. Yey! We will definetely go back and will save extra moolah before going there. LOL

My own ratings:

Place: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 smiles out of 5
Service: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 smiles out of 5
Food: 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 smiles out of 5
Price: 🙂 🙂 🙂 smiles out of 5

Shempre lumabas pagka kuripot ko. Haha! But this was a very good experience. Another 1st with my husband.

The Red Crab Alimango House, Gateway Mall
1/Lvl. Gateway Mall, Aurora Blvd., Araneta Center, Cubao
Quezon City, Metro Manila
(02) 709-3663