If you’re someone who doesn’t have to deal with food allergies or heart disease, then you might just be the type of person who clicks on headlines that say, “Best Crab Places in Manila.”
Crabs can be healthy if you’re happy with plain and steamed, but life is already too short to pass up on aligue and garlic butter. Besides, crab cakes are for posers. Check out these places to get yourself some fresh and flavorful decapods.
Crab N’ Crew
Land Strong, 77 Visayas Ave, Quezon City, 1100 Metro Manila
Crab N’ Crew is the place you go to if you want to document your kamayan experience flatlay style while looking like an oversized toddler with a plastic bib. Best done with friends, they sometimes would do an irresistible P699 Unlimited Crab promo. This is targeted towards the niche demographic of people who live as if they will die the next day, therefore crabs.
7852 Makati Ave, Makati
If big, flavorful crabs are what you’re after and you just got this month’s paycheck, then Ming Kee in Makati is where you should head next. Their signature Beehoon triple-cooked crab sounds like a mouthful just as it is literally a mouthful...of goodness! They also serve regular-size crabs doused in black pepper and chili.
Bldg D (Mega Fashion Hall), EDSA cor Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong
Some of us just can’t deal with the anxieties that come with cracking hard crab shells, so we pay people gold to come up with ways to enjoy them using only our mouths. In Ooma, you can enjoy all that and more by eating it sushi-style. The soft shell crab taco maki may be confusing (is it a soft taco or a crunchy maki?) but you will stop with the existential questions as soon as the umami kicks in.
King Crab House
327 P. Guevarra Street, Manila, Luzon, Philippines; N.S. Amoranto Sr. St, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City,
B6, Bonifacio High Street, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
While many of us may avoid Clawdaddy’s for its American price tag and menu, this is a place that still made its mark for serving great seafood in upscale locations. You can eat up crab in several forms, one of which is tater tots. If you like the whole charade of appetizers, soups, and salads, and the choice of a sandwich in case you’re in a phase, then be glad there’s still a Clawdaddy’s around!
Blue Posts Boiling Crabs and Shrimps
Bago Bantay, Quezon City; Entertainment Mall, Seaside Blvd, Pasay;
We know what you’re thinking. If a restaurant has the word “crab” in its name, then it must serve good crab. You’re right, smartass! Blue Posts is a must-stop for seafood lovers who like being coddled with conveniences like bibs and “cop out utensils.” Fatty crab in garlic and butter is one of the most rewarding dishes that new-age recipe developers can only dream of inventing.
558 Banawe St, Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City
Insiders and food experts (a cousin we asked who likes to eat, for example) will tell you that Fook Yuen is pretty much the Ma Mon Luk of cooking crab. It’s a Banawe gem that boasts of the best crabs since 1988. It doesn’t have the grand ambiance of an expensive Chinese restaurant, even though the scales are tipped a little to the pricey side, but people don’t come here to be wowed by porcelain ware. They come here to pick their fatty crabs and get on with a well-lived life.