All posts tagged: seafood

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 …

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 …

Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang

If you love seafood and have never been to Makassar, you are missing out. I’ve been there only once myself, but the 2-day jaunt was enough to capture my unwavering heart for good eats (not to mention cheap eats)! All I remember of this trip was the volume and frequency of our repasts. Within 40 hours we managed to (voluntarily) chug down around 9 meals. The seafood was blissful, so fresh, so tasty (you can really taste the sweetness in the fish and crab meat), and oh so cheap! Seafood aside, other highlights included nasi goreng tomat, pisang ijo, pisang bakar, and I kid you not–pretty much everything else! With no intention of deceiving you good people, this post won’t feature my Makassar chronicle, but instead, a seafood restaurant recommended to me (and now to you), one that won’t cost you a flight to Makassar.  All the dishes featured below are recommended, but the high point of my dining experience at Rumah Makan Ujung Pandang was the unexpectedly tasty udang goreng telur asin (skin-on). It is by far the best …

Mutiara 5: An Old-Time Goodness

There’s so much I can say about this eatery, but I won’t because this vicarious reading will neither do you any good nor the food justice. To relate to my glee, you just have to be there and eat. My taste palate and tummy have been spoiled for as long as I can remember. My dad used to take us to this establishment since my brother and I were little. The waiters who have been working there since have seen us grow up and remember us even until today. Opened in 1982, Mutiara 5 has been tirelessly serving Chinese food and seafood since. The dining and kitchen areas used to be one and without air conditioning. But through the years and today, the eating area is enclosed with air conditioning and separated from the kitchen area by glass doors. But really, who cares what the setting is like. What matters is the stuff escaping down our throats and into our bellies! For as long as I can remember, the taste and goodness haven’t changed in …

Loobie: Comic Crustacean Craze

The craze for seafood is all over Jakarta. Fortunately for those in the North, seafood restaurants are plenty, while for the rest in the South, not so much. But worry no more, for Loobie has opened its doors to all crustacean lovers. When I think of seafood, I think saucy, messy, and satisfying. It’s definitely not food I’d want to consume everyday, although my cravings kick in once in a while. I will now take a moment of silence to be grateful for the fact that I am free of seafood allergies of any kind (I really shouldn’t jinx it, cross my fingers). Unlike other food allergies, shellfish allergy, the most common food allergy in adults, tends to develop in adulthood and not in early childhood. My dad is allergic to shellfish, but can’t resist them. His fix: pop 1 or 2 Claritin, then enjoy. All the depressing talk about allergies aside, what I find unique about Loobie is the concept of serving seafood simply and quickly, although the latter didn’t prove itself. Tucked in …