I read in a glossy magazine of a new food trend in Singapore: the crab in a bag, throw on your table, eat with your bare hands , Louisiana-style. A good friend of mine was able to dine in one of those type of restaurants and she suggested the DANCING CRAB.
Since it was a bit of a spur in the moment decision to have dinner with my family in Dancing Crab, we went without reservation which is a big mistake. We waited around half an hour for a tablet. It was a weekday but it was surprisingly packed. There are two queues for reservation and walk-ins. For walk-ins, you fill-in your information in a tablet-thingie, how many people are you with, if you need a baby chair and your mobile number, etc. If your table is ready, they will call or sms you.
We were happy when our table was ready. The place was festive and there was party in the middle section of the restaurant. There a big chalkboard for people to write-on which I think was a nice addition to the restaurant.
Our waitress came to take our orders and we were so eager to start. It was also a serendipitous decision that my hubby bought a stroller for Naj on that day after seeing it on sale at Spring Maternity. Naj slept most of the time when we were in the restaurant and allowed us to eat joyfully with our barehands.
Here are our tools of ‘destruction’:
We were also given plastic aprons to protect our clothes from the aftermath of voracious eating. Note to people: Don’t wear white when dining here.
Here are what we ordered:
We started with this one. There very light and fluffy. They came with a cream-cheese-like dip but even without the dip, it was already yummy. I was hoping to wait for the crab sauce to dip these little munchies but it was too good, they was finished before the crab came.
This is one of the bestsellers in Dancing Crab. It is very filling and surprisingly not greasy. It comes with a mustard dip. It was alright with me but I couldn’t rave too much about it also.
The waitress asked what sauce we prefer with the lobster. I chose the Herb Butter. This order contains only one lobster but we were surprised to see how big the lobster is. It was enough 3-4 person to share. It was a fat lobster! It was my hubby’s first time to eat lobster and he loved it! My mother-in-law and I loved the sauce and we keep dipping into the sauce. My hubby, however, find the sauce too bland. Oh, also the service crew would ask if you want the seafood to be spread and thrown on your table or placed in the bowls. We chose the latter for less mess, hehe.
COMBO BAG #1 (SRI LANKAN CRAB)
80. 00 SGD
This combo bag comes with 1 Sri Lankan Crab, 300g Prawns, 250g Clams, Potatoes , Corn and Sausages. I chose the mild Dancing Crab signature sauce. The mild spiciness set my mouth on fire! But nevertheless, I still enjoyed it a lot. The taste of the sauce minus the spiciness was so flavourful and delicious. My hubby loved the sauce of this one. He like spicy foods, no surprise there. This is good for 3-4 people with ‘moderate’ appetite. I love digging into the crabs and eating the corn & sausages. You will really get your hands dirty and I love it! Hahaha! There were a lot of left-overs. We had a lot to take home.
We drank these juices in their pretty maison jars to cool our fiery mouth.
Fizzy Lemonade ( 4.00), Homemade Iced Lemon Tea (3.80), Orange Juice (3.80 )
The aftermath. Hahaha!
It was an enjoyable dinner. It was a great dining experience for family and friends to just be themselves and have fun with lots & lots of food. The prices can be a bit steep but considering that these are seafoods, the prices are reasonable. Budget for dining here would be 50 SGD per person. But I am sure you will never regret it.
The Grandstand 200 Turf Club Road
(Old Turf Club in Bt. Timah)
#01-20/21 Singapore 287994
Tel: +65 6466 3303:
Fax: +65 6466 3277