Give a warm welcome to the newly-opened Louisiana-style seafood restaurant in town, the Dancing Crab.
There are quite a few kind of these restaurants opened lately in Jakarta, and Dancing Crab is one of them who are trying its luck in the competing world of Louisiana-style seafood establishments.
I was invited to the blogger dinner where Dancing Crab introduced its signature dishes starting from main course, light bites and even their cocktails.
But first let us talk about the restaurant itself.
Does it look familiar? I mean the place, the ambiance. If you ever visited MAD (Modern Asian Diner) before then you'll know that Dancing Crab actually took the place of MAD, without doing any reconstruction whatsoever (I think..) and added a lot of decorations such as flags, wallpapers and picture frames to give an ambiance of a Louisiana seafood restaurant.
Dancing Crab itself is another brand carried to Indonesia by the F&B company, Tung Lok Restaurants. The former establishment, MAD, is also a brand belongs to Tung Lok.
Tung Lok is Singapore’s leading innovative restaurant chain offering a distinct and multi-sensory dining experience at more than 40 restaurants in Singapore, Indonesia, China, Japan and India.
And as MAD is no longer operating, say hello and dance together with Dancing Crab through their mouth-watering seafood dishes!
Crab Cakes - IDR 175K
My dinner that night started out with these delish crab cakes. Light coated batter of crab cakes which had a nice texture and quite densed crab filling. The taste was just delicious. A perfect opener.
Garlic Noodles - IDR 45K
I also loved this noodle dish. The nutty flavor combined with garlic was just heaven. I also loved the rice vermicelli used for the dish. Perfectly cooked and they're not mushy.
Lobster Roll - IDR 240K
This dish in my opinion was way too pricey. The lobster fillings were not much. Though they tasted good but I think for 240K we should be getting more fillings than just buns.
Now moving on to the main event, the crab!
Combo Bag 01 - IDR 628K
Time to get my hands dirty! As in any Louisiana-style seafood restaurant, the dish is served on the table. But I wouldn't mind getting dirty for these lovely seafood delicacies.
This combo bag consist of 1 crab, 250gr prawns, 250gr clams, 250gr mussels, potatoes, corn and sausages.
Dancing Crab provided a selection of sauces you can choose to be applied for the dish: Signature, Herb butter, Beurre blanc, and Zesty garlic butter.
The one I tried that night used the Signature sauce which has levels of spiciness to choose from Mild, Spicy, and Extra spicy.
The ingredients were all fresh and all cooked perfectly. This Combo Bag is perfect for up to 3 persons. The sauce was a bit hard with the pepper for me, making the other herbs seemed to be drowning. Maybe I should give the spicy sauce a try on my next visit.
Cold Seafood Platter - IDR 737K
Consist of 250g Alaskan King Crab, Oysters, 250g prawns and 250gr mussels. This one is a must try if you're just curious of how an Alaskan King Crab tasted like. The price tag is really pricey, but hey, as Chef Gordon Ramsay would say: Alaskan King Crab is the king ingredient when it comes about seafood. So eat like a king!
Actually there were a lot of other dishes came out that day but unfortunately I didn't get the chance to try them all so I guess this would end my review.
Overall conclusion, there are a lot of riding on with Dancing Crab and I see it has potential within the culinary industry as it brings an original style of Louisiana seafood with good quality control attained.
But along with that outstanding quality comes a price tag which in my opinion wouldn't be friendly to a lot of seafood lovers.
At the end of the day you can choose between only getting your stomach full or really enjoying a good, delicious seafood as an experience like never before.
So I wish the best of luck and success for Dancing Crab and I'm looking forward for more astonishing dishes in the future.
Keep on chewing!