I do not know about you, but I do feel that countless seafood restaurants have opened up in the recent months and years. Honestly, I have not been to many, for the good of my cholesterol level. I must say though, that Full of Crab was worth my cholesterol. Situated along East Coast Road near Katong I12, although not new, just adjusted their operating hours to welcome diners with their claws wide open during lunch time. Here’s a sneak peek of their lunch menu!
We had something outside of their lunch menu – the Captain’s Choice Combo ($98+) which comprises 1kg Sri Lankan crab, 500g prawns, corn, baby potatoes, fish & chips and two iced tea – a combo designed for two pax. The seafood was doused in their house special, Fully Loaded Sauce (cajun + garlic butter) (you can opt for just the cajun or just the garlic butter sauce too). Sauces are made to order, which is why you can request for your sauce to be, let’s say, more buttery or garlicky – they will be prepared as much to your preference as possible. Effort: A+. If you so desire (and dare), you can also ask for the superrrrrrr spicy Hot Level Sauce, with an added spice called Ghost Pepper. Prepare a fire extinguisher.
The restaurant practices a utensils-free culture, one which I see as a win-win situation. For the restaurant, they save time and costs on the cutlery and stewarding; for the diners, well, no utensils means you would have to use hands, which in turn means that your hands would be too dirty to use your handphone. BAAM – communication with your dining companions restored to the olden days. Embrace yourself for some.. well, face-to-face interaction.
Crabs are flown in daily from Sri Lanka and they are only cooked when ordered. Meaty, fleshy and sweet are what the crabs are, perfect when smeared with the Fully Loaded Sauce. The crabs are not cracked before cooking so as to retain as much of the crustacean’s juice as possible. My only gripe was their prawns. Not sure if it’s because it was cooked together with the crab, they were overcooked and not as enjoyable.
What’s beautiful about this place is that they do not only excel in their crab – their Fish & Chips was something that stood out, possibly more than the crabs. Flavourful batter, crisp skin, and very soft, moist and smooth meat; easily one of the best I’ve had. I would go back again, it was good value for money. The entire set (all of what you see above) could possibly feed 3 persons even.
No GST; only service charge is imposed. The service charge received goes towards the waitstaff on shift, unlike many other establishments. This, together with the fact that they pride themselves in their service, it is not unreasonable to expect some good hospitality here.
What’s worth paying for: Captain’s Choice Combo.
Photos by Kathleen.
Address: 195 East Coast Road, (S) 428900
Telephone: 6348 8195 / 9725 2195 (takes reservations)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Mon, Wed – Fri); 11.30am – 10.30pm (Sat, Sun); Closed on Tuesdays
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