Prepare the bib, and get ready to get messy – again!
Yes, we love the Crab Factory – so much so that we can’t stop talking about it. In case you missed it, we’ve published a review about this marvellous seafood joint in our previous Issue 11.6/12.1. But this time around, I’d like to invite readers to Carb Factory’s latest outlet in Johor Bahru, located along a row of French-inspired shoplots christened as Little Paris in the perfectly manicured Taman Mount Austin neighbourhood.
The first Crab Factory opened in SS2 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, roughly four years ago and business has been booming since then. Speaking to the owner of Crab Factory, T.Y., the second opening marks the joint’s latest adventure in catering to a wider market, including Singaporeans who have been known to visit the southern state in droves especially during weekends for quick getaway. Despite the expansion, the essence of the restaurant remains the same: dining over finger-licking good seafood boil with loved ones should be fun and highly interactive.
This concept fits the Malaysian dining scene for various reasons, with the most obvious being camaraderie. In contrast to the Western-style dining in which everyone is served individually, Crab Factory practices the concept of sharing whereby diners sit together to share food and shelling utensils, a sort of festive gathering ideal for families and friends.
At Crab Factory, diners’ culinary journey begins by choosing their ‘catch’; the highlight on the menu would be the king crab, red lobster, French brown crab, freshwater prawn, crawfish, clams and mussels, all sourced and sold per kilogram based on seasonal rates. They will then be tossed in a bag filled with the sauce of diners’ choice: Signature Southern Bang, Jamba Jamba, Garlic Butter, Creamy Lemak and Salted Egg, all available in varying levels of spiciness, from mild to the scorching “Death Valley”.
For diners who prefer to know the exact prices upfront, they are recommended to opt for the value meals since their prices are already fixed and the portions are generous.
Once everything is sorted, the staff would then lay down the paper on the table with all the seafood on top, ready to be ripped and cracked open with diners’ own bare hands. Honestly, this could be your messiest yet most fulfilled dinner to remember. The seafood served is fresh, never overcooked and its sauces, oh the sauces… what a heavenly creation! All of them, especially the Signature Southern Bang, match perfectly well with the sweetness of the corn.
Apart from seafood boil, my favourite from the menu would be the grilled oyster platter with 12 different unique sauces – a latest addition to the menu – packed with bold flavours that the palate will not forget. For those seeking other than seafood or shellfish, there are also other dishes to choose such as fried fish & chips, fried enoki mushrooms, waffles, mashed potatoes and Coca Cola chicken wings, which is my colleague’s favourite. Since eating also makes diners thirsty, Crab Factory offers a wide range of beverages that pair well with the food.
So it doesn’t matter whether you are a local resident of Johor, or a hungry traveller looking for something to eat; a visit to the Crab Factory at Little Paris is definitely recommended. So bring your families and friends along to make it a fun affair, but probably skip the place on first date if you’re a messy eater. Oh wait, come to think of it, this might just be the place for it! Who knows, shelling out on seafood might just be the thing that brings soulmates closer together…
Crab Factory Little Paris opens every day except Monday from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
G14, Block B, Jalan Jaya Putra 1/1
Bandar Jaya Putra, 81100 Johor Bahru
Tel: +6 07 351 4062