I’m a seafood lover. Despite the fact that I’m supposed to have them in moderation because of gout, I would end up ignoring the warning whenever seafood is served on the dining table. This happens every time I’m at Red Crab Seafood Club. Last week it happened again when I was at the Red Crab Alimango House at the Lucky Chinatown Mall.
The restaurant is offering 24 ways of enjoying crabs and I was there for the experience. Can you blame me for simply ignoring the doctor’s order? It was my first time to visit Lucky Chinatown Mall. I’m not familiar with the place. Good thing there’s free shuttle service from the New Port Mall Resorts World Manila going to Binondo. It was one rainy evening but I was fortunate to get to the venue in time before the pouring rain created havoc in the metro causing heavy traffic. I guess my being early is also because of the excitement for the 24K experience.
On my way to the restaurant located at the 2nd level of the mall, I noticed how nice Lucky Chinatown Mall is inside. One of the newest establishment in the area, it’s not the usual “old” look I often see in Binondo. It’s modern, classy and with trendy upscale shops all around. The Red Crab Alimango House is perfect in this mall with its airy atmosphere and nice tables, chairs and set up.
After waiting for a couple more guests to arrive, the food was served realizing that the other guests will be coming in late. Crab Sinigang was served first, one in Sampaloc and the other in Gabi and Kamias. I had the former and that piping hot soup is perfect on a cold rainy evening.
What a way to start! Then the rest of the crab dishes started to arrive faster that the rest of the guests who were caught in traffic. Suddenly, everyone’s on a frenzy to take pictures of the dishes as they are laid on the table and then taste them after settling down. Here are some of the dishes I enjoyed a lot!
The food came one from the other, as if the rain came pouring in with those crabs and there’s no stopping! I got so busy cracking the shells and pinchers that I ended up foregoing the other dishes. About that time the rest of the guest arrived.
It was indeed a 24K experience! The best crab eating experience I ever had. Red Crab Alimango House set a gold standard on this one. All the dishes I rated are really delicious. Of course, there are those that stops out for me. Here’s my top five:
Adobo sa Buco – I love this sweet and saucy dish with young coconut strings. It’s my first time to have buco as party of a dish and I enjoyed it.
Crab Lilian – I hail from the Bicol Region and I grew up eating dishes with coconut milk. This dish takes me home and I suddenly missed my mom’s cooking.
Deep Fried Crab with Togue in Szechuan Sauce – The crab meat on this dish is super is super juicy. It’s probably because it’s deep fried.
Salted Egg Crab – It has a truly Filipino touch with the salted egg, shallots and onions. It feels like I’m eating an ensalada, and I enjoyed it.
Crab Sotanghon – I love the vermicelli!
Fidel Pepper’s Crab – Named after former President Fidel V.Ramos, the crabs are covered with black pepper sauce that gives that spice that doesn’t bite (I wish it did). The spiciness status on your mouth and your throat, which for me is refreshing.
To add to my dining experience was the fact that I don’t have to worry about trying to crack the shells because the cracker is easy to grip. Also, I’m wearing a bib to ensure that my shirt is protected from the sauces. Each of us were also provided with a hand towel to wipe our hands with in between bites. Lastly, the waiters are all very attentive.
I’m glad to have experienced the latest offering by Red Crab Alimango House. Some say that the food is a bit pricey, but from my experience, it’s worth the money. I always leave Red Crab satisfied, having been a customer since 2003. I’m looking forward to bring my family again. It’s a good thing they have branches all over the metro. I’m sure there’s one near you where you’ll have the 24K dining experience.
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