R and I were told about this (relatively) new seafood place at Big Splash where the seafood is poured on the table for diners to enjoy. “Oh, the mess!”, the Virgo in me thought; but “We should go!”, says the hubby. So off we went, for an early wedding anniversary celebration.
Crab in da Bag has a very casual and vibrant vibe and the servers were friendly and enthusiastic with their occassional bursts of “AHOY!”.
As we were first timers, the server gave us a good rundown of how things work and suggested complementary menu combis. The basic idea is to pick 1. the seafood, 2. the seasoning and spice level (mild/medium/hot), and 3. the add-ons of potato, corn or rice. There are also other appetizers, sides and a wide selection of drinks.
After ordering, we were equipped with our “tools” for the meal.
And started off with moscato in a plastic cup. I felt like I was at a picnic with aircon!
We chose the crinkled cauliflower ($8++) as our appetizer. They were slightly crunchy and the tops had a chargrilled flavour (kinda tasted like seaweed). Eat them fast as they get soggy when cold.
The seafood came served in plastic bags – possibly the kind used when you buy kois for the pond. At the table, the server would knot up and shake the bag, cut it open and serve directly.
We chose this with the Ultimate Curry which is their signature curry mix with curry leaves and chilli padi, on medium spice. I really liked this! The curry had the right balance of spice, sweetness and sourness, a perfect blend with the flavours of the sea. The server recommended the rice or potato with the curry which we skipped (and regretted; the potato with the curry would have been super!).
Sri Lankan Crab ($50++)
For the crab, we had it with their house signature Caboodle Mix (local and Lousiana spices, garlic and butter) plus corn. The crab was huge and the meat firm and fresh, with lotsa roe – R was “high-cholesterolly” excited. The seasoning was flavourful with a strong garlicky flavour which I really like! Definitely try this.
Overall, a satisfying seafood meal. This was the aftermath:
We definitely need to find a few seafoody friends to go back to have their Caboodle Boil ($299++) which is a titanic pot of a mix of seafood (pre-order required), poured directly on the table for 5-6 people to share. You can check out the menu here: http://crabindabag.com/menu/food-menu/
Big Splash, East Coast Parkway
Open daily (except Mon) 4-11pm