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The Holy Crab Swims its Way to Bali, with New Menu Exclusive to #TheHolyIsland

Our table affair with The Holy Crab began almost a year ago. The first time was a treat. The second a feast. And at tonight’s tasting, we were in for a surprise! Ushering in the new year, The Holy Crab is swimming its way to the holy island of Bali this week, specifically to the Petitenget, Seminyak area. And with a new outlet comes a new menu, of course. So for all you crustacean fanciers in Bali, the wait is over! So what have we to look forward to with the new carte? You’ve guessed it: rolls! Here we have the classic Lobster Roll (180K), Crab Roll (50K), and Shrimp Roll (35K), with the optional topping of The Holy Crab’s Original Sauce. The rolls were pre-toasted with butter (thank goodness, as it should) and the meat toppings were liberal. You don’t see very many seafood rolls being served in town, so I’d say these ones are a pretty good bet. Next, crab cakes. Something I hardly get to eat in Jakarta, but a classic that I love. These …

Le Café Gourmand

I know I’m a little late on the train to Le Café Gourmand, despite having passed by it countless times. This Saturday morning I finally decided to temporarily brush aside my qualms about cute, fancy places. The first thing that surprised me was the size of the café. Somehow I always pictured it to be bigger and with more seating capacity. What caught my eye next were the art-filled walls illustrating a busy restaurant/bistro with bartenders and saxophonists diligently doing their thing. The ambience was calming and pleasant, garnished with bright hues here and there. But the interior aside, does the food hold up? We shall see. Matcha Latte (Iced/Hot) | 40K Japanese green tea made with shade-grown tea leaves. Rose Cronut Even though a cronut is both a donut and croissant, this rose flavored one passes for neither. The problem? Dryness and lack of flakiness. Sad tale. Croque Madame | 65K Smoked beef and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg, served with a spinach salad and fries. To be frank and blunt, many homemade sandwiches fare much much better than …

Fitzroy: A Taste of Melbourne in Jakarta

For those of you who lived, grew up in, or at least have visited Melbourne, the name Fitzroy would surely ring a bell. But for the rest who haven’t (me included), this place gives you a little taste of the city. Fitzroy is the city’s mecca of all things artsy, creative, bohemian, quirky–a lively scene filled with art and music, combining a variety of different characters, tastes, and personalities. As for the wolf-like icon, it is in fact a dingo, a free-ranging dog found mainly in Australia, and some parts of Southeast Asia. Housed within a building of boutiques, FItzroy is a charming and cozy place for a proper meal, or for drinks. Complete with an al fresco dining area, it is becoming a venue for nostalgia while giving the unfamiliar a little taste of Melbourne in the midst of Jakarta. The four owners and operators of the restaurant were residents of Melbourne so it is no surprise they have decided to bring home a little part of what they loved about the city. The unique and …

The Holy Crab

What could better than crab? A holy crab! Just kidding, I’d still be here if it were “The Vile Crab.” The Holy Crab is perhaps the single hottest joint in town these days. Everyone seems to be competitively posting Instagram after Instagram of the obligatory “check out this fat crab claw I have in my hand” or “here’s me wearing a holy crab bib” (that’s me, by the way). Having just opened its doors about 2 weeks ago, The Holy Crab has impressively attracted a considerable amount of buzz and crowd. And it’s all thanks to Willy, the friendly PR guy you’ll see roving around the restaurant. And of course, it’s also thanks to the ever-smiling Chef Albert who is clearly passionate about his crustacean and serving it up warm and saucy. We’ll get into the warm and saucy part in a minute. The Holy Crab is managed by Ersons Group, the same guys behind other popular joints including Grandma’s Suki, Grandma’s Thai, and Hokkaido Ramen Santouka. The restaurant carries a mix of a warehouse/industrial feel and a touch of the ocean with seaside …