lifestyle • 25 Jul, 2017
Now Open: The Crab Shack Dong Du
We Go Get Cray At The Shack’s New Spot
The Crab Shack’s been nipping at our toes for attention since their first restaurant opened a year or two ago in District 3. So when they announced their new installment right on Dong Du it was clearly time to go get a little cray — ‘cray’ being crayfish, a shack specialty.
Also, we should add that despite the restaurant name, crab is just a small part of their seafood extravaganza that includes hard-to-find imported New Zealand mussels (which come in a choice of three sauces — white wine, cream or tomato), fresh and baked oysters, scallops and clams. There’s fried bites, like the shrimp bucket, shrimp gambas, and calamari rings and if you lose your sea legs there are chicken wings and classic salads like the Caesar and a gloriously gooey cheesy dip to bring you back around. That’s not to leave out our hard-shelled amigos. Crabs do crowd the menu. There’s mud crab Asian style, with sauces like the black pepper, salted egg yolk sauce, and cult-item the Singapore chilli crab. There’s also king crab legs and snow crab.
But back to those cheeky-faced crustaceans, the crayfish. They’ve probably got more names than your favorite rapper, but avoid the debate around whether they’re crayfish, crawfish (as they’re called here) or yabbies, pop on the plastic gloves provided, and snap off the shell or as the oversized lettering on the downstairs wall puts it, ‘Pinch de tail, suck de head’. Then dig into these bite-sized pieces of shrimpy meat shipped from Louisiana all the way to the shack.
Vibes: Warm and welcoming with the added novelty of seeing your fellow diners regress to infancy as they tie on their splash-proof bibs.
Flavours: Suitably soulfully southern (like the Cajun sauced crawfish) mixed with Asian seafood standards like mud crab Hong Kong style with spicy garlic sauce and the Singapore chilli crab.
Don’t forget to order: The customisable three-step set – pick your seafood from an selection that includes mussels, mud crab, and crawfish, then choose a sauce, like garlic and butter, and finally tick a temperature from ‘mild’ to the suicidal ‘oh my God’.
Best time to go: It depends on you as this makes a fun location for lunch with your colleagues or a spicy date spot in the evening.
Seek out the new Crab Shack at 54 Dong Du or head to their restaurants at 11B Le Quy Don or 2/SB8-1, My Khanh 2, Phu My Hung, District 7.
Words by David Kaye
Graphics by Thanh Duong