Initially, I wanted to title this blogpost ‘I’m So Glad You Are Alive!!!’ because of what happened before yesterday’s dinner at Dancing Crab. :D To cut a long story short, due to a mis-communication and an iPhone which decided to hang at the most inopportune moment, we waited for each other for over an hour at different spots outside the Botanic Gardens (but were just, maybe, 150m apart). LOL! When Max, Kelly and myself finally got “reunited” with Steven, after nearly starting a nationwide manhunt for him because this guy is never late, we were just so glad he’s alive. :D
[From left: Max, Kelly, Me, Steven]
I guess the fact that we very nearly didn’t make it for our Dancing Crab dinner meant we relished it even more.
And the place was about 70% full on a Tuesday evening. At a location like The Grandstand, it is nothing short of astounding!
5 Reasons Why I Liked Dancing Crab:
1) Dining Off The Table – No Cutlery Needed: It is probably not that novel an idea anymore but it was my first time being forced to eat in public without any cutlery. It truly makes more sense to peel a prawn with your bare hands (and eat the prawn while it is still hot) than try to de-shell it with a knife and fork.
[Server pouring a bag of seafood onto our table... and 1 prawn landed in front of me. It was evidently mine. :D]
I really dislike those atas events where I have to keep my elbows off the table while eating, try not to cut up my steak too violently, and dab at the corners of my mouth with a napkin every so often.
Needless to say, Dancing Crab, I will be back again. It’s just like eating at home, where I can eat with just my fingers and no one thinks it is rude. :D
2) An Interesting Visual Feast
Unless you are allergic to prawns, you definitely have to order the Flaming Moonshine Tiger Prawns, because of, well, the flaming spectacle when the prawns are cooked right before your eyes by the server who wheels the portable stove over.
The prawns are sweet and juicy, and taste really good with the sauces provided.
*Prawns – S$8/100g, with a minimum order of 500g
3) No Usage Of Handphones – Not A House Rule
I can safely say that all 4 of us are handphone addicts. We just CANNOT help but fiddle with our phones during mealtimes, catch-up sessions, and just about any other time during the day.
At Dancing Crab, because our fingers got filthy, we had no choice but to concentrate only on eating and chatting. And it was a LOT of fun!
You know how some people go to restaurants with their friends, and everyone puts their handphones in a pile and promise not to use the phones, with the person who breaks his/her promise first footing the bill for everyone else? At Dancing Crab, there is no need for that. We can’t wait to drop our phones into our bags so we don’t get them dirty. LOL!
4) Yummy Food
I did not expect the crab cakes (just S$13) to taste so good! The prawn dips and the crab did not disappoint either.
The lobster roll was nothing fantastic, though, so I won’t order it again.
I do suspect that it’s because we were eating without using any cutlery, that the food tasted exceptionally good. Imagine eating at KFC but instead of using your fingers, you have to use a knife and fork. It will no longer be “Finger Lickin’ Good”!
Our meal for 4 (including drinks) came up to about S$170+ after tax. It was pretty reasonable.
*A note about the drinks: The homemade iced lemon tea was VERY sour. I think they remembered to add the lemon but forgot about the sugar. Healthy but cringe-inducing.
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-20/21
Tel: 64663303 [Call to make an appt, but if it's a weekday, no matter what they say, just turn up anyway. We were told there were no tables till 8pm, but went in around 7pm and got seated. :D Don't try this during Public Holidays and/or Fridays. I take no responsibility whatsoever :P]