Chef Jeff Diesmos picked Salt and Pepper Crab as the main dish for their Manila’s Signature Dishes 2010 set since alot of their client’s come for the crabs. Chef Jeff previously worked as Senior Chef de Partie at Shangrila Boracay before manning the helm of Red Crab Café.
Chef’s Salad. A simple salad to whet my appetite and taste buds. Crispy lettuces sprinkled with cheese, light dressing surrounded with egg slices, croutons and olives.
Shrimp Bisque and Shrimp Ragout. Not part of the set but I just had to share this beautiful dish Chef Jeff had us try. I did not see it on their regular menu so it probably is part of their catering menu, and it really shows Chef Jeff training. An excellent soup and appetizer combo.
Raymund’s Salt and Pepper Crab. The piece de resistance finally arrived, a perfect balance of salt and pepper coating the whole crab then fried perfectly. The succulent crab meat was maintained despite it being deep fried, it had us liking our fingers after.
We were supposed to be served creme brulee but Chef Jeff thoughtfully gave us a different dessert. It had a shot of kahlua, a piece of banana cake and a truffle fudge ball with kiwi sauce on the side. I love the banana cake especially with the kiwi sauce, a nice blend of sweet sand citrus flavors.
Eating at Red Crab Café is definitely a treat with the decor as well as the food transporting you to the beachside, the only thing missing is the smell of the seawater. If they could get an air freshener with that scent, that would take the cake.
Red Crab Café
1st Level, Gateway Mall
Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
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