Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Boxing Crab

Strategically located around the corner of Siloso Beach, sitting where the Underwater World is, The Boxing Crab is a relatively new seafood haven that recently opened in September last year. The dine spot is quite a romantic place for lovers and families to hang out - boasting the spectacular view of the coastline (they offer alfresco seatings too) and once in a while at around 8pm or so you'll get the chance to see cruises passing by majestically. Having said about the ambience and the locale, The Boxing Crab offers a wide variety seafood delicacies and other dishes that you would least expect a seafood restaurant to offer.

For a start, the Charcoal Grill Banana Leaf Otah Otah was served topped with coconut cream. I love the addition of the coconut flavor, which makes the dish very unique and refreshing, contrasting the spiciness of the chicken and prawn otah otah with a tinge of sweetness. It was, however, not of the usual spiciness, which is a boon and bane and caters each to his own taste.

The Mid-Joint Chicken Wing Skewer however, is one of the dish that misses the mark. The wings are a tad too dry for my personal liking. It was however well-marinated and the grilling really gave it a smoky flavor.

Most hardcore seafood lovers will not want to miss the Black Pepper Lobster. The portion and size of the lobster is indeed a stunner - this does not discount the fact that it is very fresh and the meat is tangy to chew. I am certain Singaporeans will love the spicy black pepper taste which is controlled and not too overpowering.

I have to say that the common Seafood Fried Rice is quite unforgettable. The squids, prawns, and scallops were given in pretty generous amounts. It was not too oily, and the rice seamlessly coats with the eggs which makes it very fragrant.

The Wok Fried Fish Fillet with Cereal and Curry Leaf is another dish that is set to impress. The deep-fried dory fish fillet does not have a thick coating of flour, which makes it easier for the sweetness of the cereal to set in. The cereal is not overly sweet, and I find myself scooping spoonfuls of it because it was that addictive!

Charcoal Grilled Squid however, turned out mediocre despite being nicely charred on the outside. The meat was not flavorful enough, but thankfully with the condiments that came with it, especially the home-made chili sambal, the squid tasted "slightly better".

The dish that you have to try (and I strongly recommend) is the Braised Pumpkin Crab with Fried Bun. To start off, the broth is indeed "superior" in every sense. It tastes like salted eggs but we were told that it was purely simmered pumpkin with other spices that made up the unique taste. The crab came in a generous size (like how the restaurant name suggests) and is submerged in the broth that absorbs its flavour well. To be honest, we ended up using the broth for every other food as dip, and they all tasted fantastic. For people who are afraid of dirtying their hands and outfits; fret not because the restaurant provides disposable gloves, a bowl of water, a "surgical" set of tools for ease of dissecting your crab, and a cute apron to prevent you from staining your clothings.

For desserts, we had the Chilled Mango Cream with Pomelo, which is quite ordinary. The serving of mango bits were generous, and the "tadpoles" were softer than usual ones elsewhere. We ended our experience on a sweet note with the Pineapple Sorbet. The sorbet is freshly-made and the raspberry sauce adds a slight sour contrast to the sweet fresh sorbet. The presentation is very unique and is definitely a pleaser.

The Boxing Crab is definitely a place worth a trip down to, if you are a big fan of seafood and appreciates spectacular views. Although prices may be slightly steep, that is what you get from a tourist hotspot and the location. Take it that you are paying for a different dining experience and it will be worthwhile.

The Boxing Crab 
80 Siloso Road, Sentosa
Singapore 098969
+65 6274 7760

This was an invited media tasting.

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