Crustasia Signal No. 2

The wind howls its hardest and somewhere in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, fishermen and their families gather together to seek refuge in the womb of the typhoon shelter. Here, the famous Typhoon Shelter Crab was born, a cuisine raved about by many including “No Reservations” host Anthony Bourdain. Of course you need not book a flight to China to get hold of those amazing crabs. Drop by Crustasia at Tri Noma and they make sure you get the same gastronomic experience had you been eating the dish while floating on one of the boats nestled in the stormy cove.


Fried to perfection in olive oil and tons of garlic with a dash of chili, the 1 kilo crab sat majestically on top of yellow noodles. Ah, such a metaphor for the unruly ocean being subdued by the warmth of good food. Ron and I couldn’t help but ignore the storm that was raging outside the mall while we enjoy the feast. We were literally reminiscing our trip to Boracay when we were dining seafood as the windbreaker tried hard to shield us from the Habagat (west wind).


To top the experience, we also had Crustasia’s Vietnamese Spring Roll and Thai Shrimp Pancakes for appetizers. The spring roll is unlike any we’ve seen prepared in our homes. It is hand made by the restaurant’s Vietnamese cook who’s taken and honed her craft in the Philippines for 38 years. Lined with pork and shrimp with vermicelli noodles in the middle, the spring roll is added flavor by its hoisin sauce with peanut dip. The shrimp pancakes were my favorite especially when dipped with the restaurant-made plum sauce. I wish they made those in regular pancake sizes! I promised to be back for more.


And what better way to end the meal than eating panna cotta shots topped with apple campote. The soft cloudy texture is just what Ron looks for right after every visit.


Hey you reader! Yes you! Do you want to add a free dish to your great Crustasia dining experience? Email us at and we’ll give you a coupon of your choice for a free Thai Catfish Salad, Pad Thai Noodles or Thai Bagoong Rice for a minimum purchase of 700Php to 750Php. Visit their restaurant in Tri Noma and get 5% discount on your total bill when you order ala carte dishes. They’ll even throw in bottomless iced tea when you visit between 3-to 5pm. You can also avail of their 10+1 free buffet. Too lazy to go out of the house? Give them a call at (02) 901 – 3607 and get a free 1.5 liter of Pepsi product for minimum delivery of 1500Php within the vicinity of  Quezon City.

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  • shutterbughazelnut

    October 1, 2009 at 12:34 am

    yum!!! awesome crew pic at the end, pinsan!

  • Abbie

    October 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

    I missed Crustasia 🙁

  • flipntravels

    October 5, 2009 at 11:00 am

    you should visit them soon then! 😀

  • Larry

    November 1, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I was eating dinner with my mom at Crustasia Trinoma 15th October. Before leaving, we added 2 more orders on top of our leftover food for take away. We received our wrapped food and left for home. Upon opening the bag, we realized that they only packed our left overs and not the additional order.

    I immediately called up their Makati office and was referred to a certain Aida who was the director at the Rockwell branch. Around 9:00 pm, I called up her phone (I didn’t know it was a house phone) explaining the situation and she took urgent action afterwards. The Trinoma Manager immediately gave me a call and promised to deliver the missed food–plus some more for the mistake. Soon, one of their employees Alan arrive at our house handed our orders with a smile and a sincere apology.

    My big thanks to the team of Crustasia for handling that situation prefectly!!! I will definitely go back there for more everytime I visit Manila.

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