I live near Tri Noma and Ron and I have been rounding the restaurants in the mall since last year. Somewhere in our carnivorous selves hides the craving for seafood. That day, we were just in the mood. And where else can we get it but from Crustasia, Asian Crab and Seafood House. Don’t be intimidated by its façade. Walking inside would make you feel warm and fuzzy all over brought about by the native interiors and country side cottage ambiance.
Because Crustasia’s crabs are the main drag of the restaurant, they make sure that they get the best lot. Their supplies come from the provinces of Davao and Roxas; and being a graduate of study in fisheries, Jude Fuentes, the manager of the branch; can prolong the lives of the crabs just before time for cooking. This way, the customers only get the freshest of serving with the crew even showing you the crabs before preparing them. And just like in Dampa, they will cook it according to your liking. With personalized dishes, nothing can ever go wrong.
One of their best sellers is Crab Maritess which was initially requested by and was named after Maritess Araneta. Sautéed in olive oil, lots of garlic and a dash of chili, this dish is as good as it can get. Its simplicity makes the flavor of the crabs stand out. You can pry the flesh from the shell with just a gentle pull, an indication that the crab was alive and fresh when it was cooked. We were literally hailing Poseidon!
Not only does Crustasia offer you the best crab dishes in town, they also serve Thai, Singaporean, Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines. They even have a Thai and Vietnamese cooks working their magic inside the kitchen! Ron and I tried the best form of sampling dishes. The restaurant offers a buffet meal for only Php395. With soups and salads for appetizers, Asian cuisines (including Pad Thai and Vietnamese Fresh Rolls) for the main course and heavenly puddings and pana cotta’s for dessert, we had to sit down for a couple of minutes after the meal to savor the overwhelming gastronomic experience.
You will also never tire of going back to Crustasia as they change their menus every six months. The owner of the chain, Raymond Magdaluyo, would also hold cooking contests among the chefs of different branches to be able to get new ideas in preparing what we love dearly in their already mouth-watering parade of food.
Check out these other dishes on the menu!
*Pictures courtesy of Jude Fuentes
3rd Floor, Space 2087, Trinoma Mall, North Triangle EDSA
Quezon City, Metro Manila
Business hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, Mondays to Sundays
For reservation, catering and deliveries, call (02) 901 – 3607