The Crab House is not far from the hustle and bustle of Jungceylon shopping centre in the heart of Patong, with convenient of handy parking right outside. Like us, you´ll have no trouble spotting the restaurant - there´s an enormous fibreglass crab dominating the front of the building!
We were greeted by staff as we entered and were offered a choice of non-air conditioned downstairs or air conditioned upstairs. We chose the latter, with a view looking out through large windows onto the street.
For starters my partner and I shared Soft Shell Blue Swimmer Crab with Papaya Salad... it´s hot... watch out for the cunningly concealed chillis. We also shared BBQ Tiger Prawns and I took a Crabmeat and Sweet Corn Soup too, one of my favourites. Crab House´s offering was the best I can ever remember.
Our main course choices were straight from the fresh tanks. We shared a 1 kg Black Crab in a luscious mildly spicy yellow curry and a must-have Chilli Black Crab. We munched through our crab dishes the only way you can: forget knives and forks, fingers are the only tools to use. Fortunately the shells were already conveniently cracked.
In 1956, Cher Yam Tian and her husband Lim Choo Ngee came up with the recipe for Chilli Crab in Singapore, selling it from their push cart. They would have been proud of the creation at The Crab House. I first tasted Chilli Crab in Singapore some 35 years ago and The Crab House´s creation rekindled my taste for it - and reminded me that it is not a hot/spicy dish, more a sweet and savoury combination.
To help our crab on its way, we started with the Californian blend, Moute Premium White, and followed with the Moute Special Red. Although The Crab House´s wine list is not extensive, it does offer a comprehensive selection from Australia, New Zealand, France, Chile and Italy. And if wine with your crab isn´t for you, there´s a good selection of beers and spirits.
Finishing off with Chocolate Lava Cake, Latte and Green Tea, our Crab House evening was an all-round success, as you´d expect in a restaurant operated by a true professional. Owner Narapong (Bia) Phoneam gained a lot of experience working in his family´s Thai restaurant in England and was inspired to open The Crab House in Patong. You´ll be glad he did!