Sunday, January 5, 2014

Crazy Crabs @ Oasis Ara Damansara

Feeling crabby? Crazy Crabs wants to help.

Linked in ownership to the team behind Tom, Dick & Harry's as well as The Royal Flush, this new seafood restaurant features a facade that's shrewdly striking; its interior is more conservative ...

... though customers can still take pleasure in the scenic view of Oasis Ara Damansara's fountains.

The name "Crazy Crabs" might be catchy but it fails to extend so far to the kitchen's creativity; four preparations are currently available: the familiar, risk-free choices of butter milk, kam heong, steamed & salt-baked. We picked the first, more mild-tasting than expected, perhaps to let the crab's natural sweetness shine more perceptibly.

These crabs taste fine; they're satisfyingly fresh & fleshy. Still, budget-conscious customers might consider looking elsewhere; the minimum order of one kilogram (which provided us with two crabs) costs RM80++.

Mantou steamed buns are not offered yet. Roti bakar costs RM1++ per slice.

Need more crustaceans? The 'sang har tung fun" (RM45++ for the smallest serving) is tasty ...

... with the unexpected bonus of crab legs to bolster the flavor further.

Lala mee hoon (RM14++ for small). Edible, though it borders surprisingly close on blandness. 

Longan-&-sugarcane juice. RM13++ for a carafe that should suffice for two.

Wine can be ordered from The Royal Flush nearby; the cheapest choice clocks in at a painful RM38++ by the glass.

All in all, we enjoyed our meal at Crazy Crabs, though it's debatable whether the price tag that exceeded RM220 (including the glass of wine) was entirely well-merited. But with weeks of Lunar New Year festive feasting ahead, the restaurant's owners have a shot at happily reaping hefty rewards.

Crazy Crabs
Oasis Square, Ara Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Daily for lunch & dinner. Tel: 03-7859-8802 (phone line can be wonky for now)

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33 comments:

  1. Crabs are crazily expensive but I love them. I like the kopitiam look juxtaposed weirdly against the fountains of swish Oasis!

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    1. Footfringe: yeah, and every time i shake my head at how pricey crabs are, i just remind myself that lobsters are far worse, heh :D yeah, the decor has its quirks, a bit out-of-place in a way, but in the end, i think it kinda adds another interesting dimension to this square, heh =)

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  2. Ohhhhh myyyyyyy!!!!! I'm drooling profusely, you bad man!!!! Any relation to Fatty Crab?

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, that's music to my ears =) nope, no ties to fatty crab, as far as i know =)

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  3. lol.. that's why it is call crazy crab for crazy prices! :)

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    1. Nekohime: that sounds like a possible explanation! :D

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  4. Is it me or are ur photos now bigger?...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, ya, experimenting with this. big seems better (or at least i hope so!) =)

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    2. Yes it's better...but it kinda scared me for a bit there...hehe :P

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    3. Ulric: heheh, change is scary! :D

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  5. I like to eat crabs, but am lazy to deal with the shell, lol.
    Minimum order one kilogram? Then need more people, don't think we can finish that by our own. :P

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    1. CK: hahah, i also feel the same way about the shells =) actually hor, i think one kilo is perfect for two people. each person can eat one crab, heheh =)

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  6. Crabs are so expensive nowadays..... gone are the days when they were RM30/kg... I think most places charge RM60/kg at least now :(

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    1. Baby Sumo: yikes, i've never actually been a major fan of crabs, but that's still sad to hear. hmmm, at this rate, most places might hit RM80/kg too within a year or two...

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  7. Rm80/kg is slight on the exp side for Penangites... we can still find Rm 50-Rm60/kg here though, there was one selling at Rm40/kg few months back, not too sure about now but i think they must have increased the price due to serious inflation :/

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    1. Ken: gosh, maybe it's time to eat as much as crabs as possible before prices get worse!

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  8. Wow, does that ever look delicious!

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    1. Cquek: especially for fans of crustaceans! =)

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  9. I like crab very much too! hehe!

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    1. Mr Lonely: yay, glad u'd probably have liked this post then =)

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  10. I love lala mee hoon but not bland ones for sure lol

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, fortunately blandness can be easily rectified, heheh =)

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  11. i think roti bakar will be good too with the sauce.. it has been a while since i last eaten crab, was at Oasis last weekend, many new restaurants to try!

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    1. Jean: hope you get a good meal of steamed/butter/sweet-sour crabs soon! :D

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    1. Missyblurkit: crazy for crustaceans! :D

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  13. i miss crabs! my my... at these prices they better be good. If i pay RM30+ for a glass of wine and it tastes bad, I will be very disappointed.

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    1. Eiling: yeah, i cherish the places where we can still get a decent glass of house wine in the RM20 range ... i had one that was RM15++ at another place this week, and it was quite OK actually :D

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  14. RM80++ /kg for the crabs...Kinda pricey hoh.I like 'butter milk' the most. ;-)

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    1. Melissa: butter milk is one of my favorites too, heheh =)

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    1. Cquek: especially for fans of crabs =)

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  16. hihi...
    i try to call the number but line not in service, please help

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