[FOOD DELIVERY] Freshly Cooked Seafood Delivered Right Up to Your Doorstep by 8 Crabs

Hello everyone!

We are now a month into the circuit breaker and the idea of home-cooked meals has probably gotten stale by now. Plus, with Mother’s Day around the corner (it’s this Sunday!), many of you might have been tearing your hair out over how to honour the most important lady (or ladies) in your family this year amidst all the restrictions.

Worry no more as 8 Crabs is here to save the day!

8 Crabs…?

I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve never heard of this establishment prior to reading this review, considering that the 8 Crabs website was only set up a month ago (yes, I did my background check because I was sceptical as well, and as for why there are reviews dated to 2017 on the website, I’m equally puzzled about it and have sought clarification). But that is not to say that they are inexperienced in the culinary arena. In fact, its parent company Eight Foods Pte Ltd (not the business’ originally registered name so I’ve reached out to find out more too) is one that specialises in the import of live seafood such as wild-caught crabs, sea cucumber, prawns, grouper, and tilapia from Sri Lanka. Peeved at the prevailing dishonesty in the food industry, Eight Foods started 8 Crabs to fill the gap for providing the freshest crab at a fixed rate.

8 Crab website

8 Crab website

Rather than operating from brick-and-mortar restaurant, 8 Crabs is based out of a virtual zi char kitchen (yay to no GST and service charge!) that offers islandwide delivery of its premium cooked seafood without a minimum order. Today, Sri Lanka is home to their own processing premises where freshly caught crabs are brought in daily by their fishermen, and delivered from to the local airport which is just an hour’s drive away. The strategic location of their premises means that the packing time is drastically shortened, thus heavily reducing the risk of ammonia excretion (the byproduct of the decomposition of seafood) in stressed crabs. In addition, the fished crabs also have to be examined and approved by their crab graders before they are exported, so you can be assured of the quality – and meatiness – of your crab!

My apologies to my Muslim readers as 8 Crabs is non-halal.

Wah, crabs?! Confirm expensive!

When 8 Crabs offered to credit a certain value into my account for me to pick out any dishes I wanted to try within given budget, I couldn’t help but snigger a little. As a crab enthusiast who dines at seafood restaurants at least twice a year (because I like to spoil my parents rotten on their birthdays), I know very well how crabs are priced – by their weight – and I had the inkling that the amount was not going to be enough to cover the price of a crab for three. But I was so wrong! I did my math and figured that I could actually get a complete 4-course meal – crab inclusive – for my family with the voucher đŸ˜± I was shookth. Crabs can be affordable!

Seafood, meat and poultry, vegetable options at 8 Crabs

Seafood, meat and poultry, vegetable options at 8 Crabs

Crabs section

Crabs section

The prices vary according to the size of the crab: S$60 for medium (2 pieces), S$68 for large, S$118 for extra-extra large (depending on the catch for the day, some sizes may not be available). These prices are reflected clearly on website with no hidden charges so you won’t get a rude shock when you cart out your order!

My first 8 Crab order!

My first 8 Crab order!

Impressed by the transparency of 8 Crabs, I went on and added two crabs and other complementary dishes to the cart, gladly exceeding the budget given to me. Of course, I paid the difference out of my own pocket (it’s not a lot anyway 😉). After my order was completed, I received an invoice in my e-mail and was surprised that it was billed by Masons Home Decor Pte. Ltd. instead. There is no mention of their affiliation anywhere on the website (or anywhere on the internet) so I presume Masons Home Decor is just a sister brand of 8 Crabs.

[6 May 2020] I’ve contacted the marketing team for clarification of all the questions raised in this review and will update here once I get a response 🙂 For now, let’s just focus on the food! [As of 23 May 2020, no response received]

Just how.. does crab delivery work?!

My order met the requirement for free delivery (free for orders above $120. Otherwise, S$8 for same-day delivery or S$18 for express delivery) and I was prompted to select my preferred delivery time slot at checkout: 12:30-13:00 (lunch), 18:00-19:00, 19:00-20:00, 20:00-21:00, 21:00-22:00 or 22:00-23:00. Since this was meant to be dinner, I opted for the first evening time slot (18:00-19:00), bracing myself for a possible delay during that peak hour.

The doorbell rang. Time check. It was only 5.45pm and the deliveryman was already at my door with plastic bags containing my dinner in his hands. For a moment, I panicked because my mother was still in the kitchen preparing some other dishes to go with the crab feast and she wouldn’t be done until at least 30 minutes later. Oh well.. I guess that’s a small price to pay for not taking their promise of one-hour delivery seriously! I mean, they even promise a full refund if they are late!

8 Crabs' pledge of excellence!

8 Crabs’ pledge of excellence!

So.. what did I order? (Warning: do not proceed if you are burning the midnight oil)

Black Pepper Crab (Large, S$68)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view)

Black Pepper Crab (aerial view) – LOOK AT THOSE PINCERS!

Salted Egg Crab (Large, S$68)

Salted Egg Crab (aerial view)

Salted Egg Crab (aerial view)

Salted Egg Crab (zoomed in)

Salted Egg Crab (zoomed in) – soaking in salted egg goodness

The crab menu is streamlined to increase efficiency in the kitchen and perhaps, save customers the headache of deciding on the flavour since there are only three to choose from: black pepper, chilli and salted egg. Is anyone else mildly disappointed that creamy butter flavour didn’t make it to the list? No? Just me? â˜č

A large crab at 8 Crabs weighs approximately 750g which I reckoned was just about right for three people. But as a family of crab lovers, one was definitely not going to cut it to satiate our appetites. Therefore, I got two in different flavours so that I could have at least one pincer all to myself! This may sound treacherous but I am not big on our national crab flavour at all so I went with salted egg and black pepper. The salted egg one was a mix of chunky and creamy, and wasn’t overwhemingly sweet (kids friendly!) while the spice in the black pepper carried some kick (your fiesty folks will love this!). Both boxes came with a generous amount of sauce in them.

The size of the crabs met my expectations and both crabs were delightfully meaty. Thankfully, most, if not all inaccessible and obscured parts of the crab were already cracked so crab crackers were absolutely unnecessary during the span of our meal. Furthermore, since both crabs were so fresh, the succulent meat just slid off the shell without the aid of any seafood picks! Yes, even the hard-to-reach meat in the fingers and pereopods (those little legs)! Ah-mazing, right?!?!

Sorry, no additional pictures of the crabs because my hands were tied and I didn’t want to soil my camera! But take my word for it – they were good.

Fried Man Tou (a set of 5, S$6)

Fried Man Tou

Fried Man Tou

Where crab dishes are concerned, it is almost an unspoken rule that they must be paired with fried man tou, or fried buns in Mandarin, for dipping into the savoury crab sauce (or condensed milk at your own expense, if you’ve more of a sweet tooth). I was thrown off by the price (as a benchmark, restaurants usually sell fried man tou for 80 cents each) at first but when I saw the buns, I understood why – these guys were humongous; each was about the size of my palm! They were deep fried to a golden brown and despite being left on my dining table for an hour, they were still crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. Be careful not to over-order, though, as these buns – I repeat – are super-sized.

A side-by-side comparison against the other dishes. Those man tous are HUGE.

A side-by-side comparison against the other dishes. Those man tous are HUGE.

Prawn Paste Chicken (Medium, S$18)

Prawn Paste Chicken

Prawn Paste Chicken

In contrast, the prawn paste chicken was a bit of a let-down. The prawn paste smelt slightly burnt and wasn’t as aromatic as I hoped (the unmistakable har cheong fragrance was largely absent). Although juicy, the mid-joint wings were pretty much meatless and the crust (or lack thereof) wasn’t crispy (to be fair, they probably lost a lot of crunch in transit, but the texture was just.. flat). I wouldn’t recommend this. Stick to their crabs, if you may, or try other dishes on the menu!

That said, dinner was a blast and went well beyond my expectation. My parents, who never had the chance to attend tasting events with me previously (thank you, 8 Crabs for making this experience possible!), enjoyed the crabs tremendously and wouldn’t mind having them again. Hopefully, 8 Crabs would consider adding creamy butter flavour to the menu before that happens 😬

What are your thoughts about 8 Crabs? Would you give them a shot? Let me know your views in the comments below!

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Mom’s Birthday @ Crab Party

Hey everyone! Hope your week has been great so far 😉

My Mom celebrated her birthday last week and being the eldest child, I had the responsibility of deciding where to take her on her special day. With so many restaurants to choose from, deciding where to eat can be a real headache. After narrowing down my choices, I finally decided on Crab Party which has been my go-to restaurant to satisfy my crab craving (mega love the Butter Cream Crab there!) ever since I was introduced to it six years ago.

It wasn’t my Mom’s first time at Crab Party, having brought my parents to dine there once in 2012 on Father’s Day. They too loved the food and were full of praise for the crab dishes. But prices are pretty steep and the place can be quite inconvenient if you don’t drive.

It is also noteworthy that the crabs sell out very quickly so it’s important that you ask to reserve your preferred number and size of the crab when you call to book a table.

The following is what we ordered!

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Salted Egg Chicken (S$12+)

We were tossing up between ordering Butter Cream Crab and Salted Egg Crab but I was dying to have the taste of the butter cream I missed to much linger on my tongue once again. So we got the best of both worlds! The chicken came in bite-size pieces (like KFC’s Popcorn Chicken) coated with savoury salted egg seasoning. Every bite was sensational!

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Kailan with Beef (S$15+)

We had some greens to balance out the guilt! The beef was glistening in the restaurant ceiling light, making the entire dish look so appetising and enticing. The beef was great and had a consistent chewy texture. But I enjoyed the greens more because they were really fresh and crunchy!

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Black Sauce Big Prawn (S$25+)

This was ordered by my Mom who is a huge prawn lover. I wasn’t particularly pleased with the size of the prawns because they were nowhere near “big”. Worst of all, the flesh was rather mushy – a sign that the prawns were not fresh. Overall, this dish was a disappointment.

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Mantou (S$1+ each)

Boyfriend and I went sans rice that day to allow more stomach space for the hot and crispy Mantou (steamed buns) which we would dip into the chilli gravy and butter cream sauce below.

Crabs were chargeable at S$65/kg which is pretty much on the high side. To have a peace of mind, we usually ask for our crabs to be weighed before we place our orders. We certainly don’t wish to get a rude shock when we receive our bill at end of the meal.

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Favourite Chilli Crab (medium, 1.6kg, S$104+)

Chilli Crab is the restaurant’s signature dish and of course, my folks’ favourite style of cooking crabs. The gravy was sweet and spicy enough for me but definitely not for my parents whose tolerance for spicy food is sky-high.

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Butter Cream Crab (medium, 1.6kg, S$104+)

We ordered another crab because boyfriend and I aren’t really into chilli. And most importantly, we didn’t want to compete with our elders for the crab pincers *chuckles* Our pincers were all very meaty because both crab were medium-sized, which made our meal even more gratifying.

The Butter Cream gravy was divine as usual. Sweet, thick and smooth, the gravy propels you to heaven with a single taste. It’s one of the best Butter Cream Crab I’ve had and I’m so glad standards remain unchanged throughout the years. I feel that it tastes even better with Mantou 🙂

Okay hope you guys like this short update! I have more posts coming up so please bear with me 😉

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Crab-a-licious Buffet Dinner @ M Hotel

Hey everyone! I’m back with another food post.

Last Thursday, boyfriend’s parents brought me to a crab buffet at M Hotel and I was told that there would be various kinds of crab to choose from there. To be exact, the buffet was held at Cafe 2000 on level 1.

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Reservation was made for 7.30pm and the restaurant was already packed with people when we were there. What greeted us on our way to our table was an array of pastry – one of which was a chocolate fondue fountain – and other desserts.

After we were given a table, we eagerly scurried for the food at buffet table. Other than those foods that could raise your cholesterol (health warning!), there were also others which are high in protein, such as roasted beef and fish. So yes, it’s not entirely a crab-crab buffet as there were other choices of food as well.

One of the more popular crabs - Salted Egg Crab. I, too, loved this to bits but it always ran out so fast.

One of the more popular crabs – Salted Egg Crab. I, too, loved this to bits but it always ran out so fast.

Forgot what was on the left but I'm pretty sure we had a lot of sausages! They are not cooked yet so you have to tell the chefs what you want first.

Forgot what was on the left but I’m pretty sure we had a lot of sausages! They are not cooked yet so you have to tell the chefs what you want first.

Steamed Crab with Ginger and Vinegar

Steamed Crab with Ginger and Vinegar

cafe2000-steamedcrab

cafe2000-steamedcrab

Ham

Ham

Roasted Beef

Roasted Beef

Crab Terrine

Crab Terrine

On my plate. Yup they also serve Man Tou (fried bun) to go with the curry crab.

On my plate. Yup they also serve Man Tou (fried bun) to go with the curry crab.

Many people who weren’t seated near the bar would not realise that there was actually another row of food at the other end of the restaurant. That row offers Japanese cuisine and other types of seafood if you’re tired of the main dishes. Nothing fantastic though, so don’t expect so much. Beside it was a section for 4 ice cream flavours (chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and green tea) and their garnishes like strawberry or chocolate syrup, cornflakes, waffles.. you name it, they have it. But our waffle was cold and soft, probably left in the open for a long time, hence one bite was all we took 😛

Sushi corner

Sushi corner

Other sushi

Other sushi

Scallops

Scallops

Mussels

Mussels

Crayfish also at sushi corner

Crayfish

Prawns also found at the sushi corner

Prawns

Vanilla, Green Tea, Chocolate and Strawberry flavoured ice cream

Vanilla, Green Tea, Chocolate and Strawberry flavoured ice cream

Garnishes for your ice cream

Garnishes for your ice cream

Waffles to go with your ice cream

Waffles to go with your ice cream

The star of the dessert section was definitely the durian puree which boyfriend and I repeatedly took in bulks LOL ok that was obviously an exaggeration. I don’t deny that we had a lot of the puree BUT rest assured we left more than enough for the rest of the patrons (in fact it never once ran out coz it was replenished regularly!!). The durian puree was the CLOSEST you could get to eating the real fruit 😉

The much-anticipated Durian Puree! We previously dined at The Buffet (also at M Hotel, level 2) and durian puree was also served there! That's how we knew about M Hotel's specialty.

The much-anticipated Durian Puree! We previously dined at The Buffet (also at M Hotel, level 2) and durian puree was also served there! That’s how we knew about M Hotel’s specialty.

As it was a dinner treat from the boyfriend’s lovely parents, I’m not sure about the pricing but I believe the final amount they paid was discounted because of some credit card privileges I guess. And if I remember correctly there were Groupon/Deal for this in the past. Not sure if it’s still ongoing now though.

However a quick search on Google shows the following results from milleniumhotels.com.sg:

Crab-a-licious Buffet Dinner
Sunday to Thursday, 6pm – 10.30pm
From S$55++ Adult, S$30++ Child

Crab-a-licious and Seafood BBQ Buffet Dinner
Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm
From S$68++ Adult, S$38++ Child

In general, I don’t think the (rather limited) variety of food there justifies the original amount of money you have to pay to dine there because honestly, there weren’t many crabs to choose from and they weren’t very fresh as well (meat kept sticking on shell and had slightly rough texture). They ran out quite quickly but took ages to be replenished, especially the more popular ones like the salted egg crab. But that’s probably just my luck as I’ve read good reviews about their crab dishes somewhere.

If you’re keen to try, be sure to make reservations by 30 June 2014 coz that’s when the crab buffet ends! Try it while you still have the chance! 🙂

M Hotel Singapore
81 Anson Road
Singapore 079908
For reservations, please call Café 2000 at 6500 6112 or
email to cafe2000.mhs@millenniumhotels.com