Before I start, this was the most expensive meal I have ever had in Hong Kong for four people. I honestly felt ripped off when I could get better seafood at Lei Yuen Muen. Let’s start.
Holy Crab is a Cajun seafood restaurant located in Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. I don’t know much about Cajun food other than how spicy it could be so I was quite excited. I thought that the restaurant would be pretty full but when we got there, it wasn’t even half full. I had an edgy feeling once I saw how many tables were filled but I sucked it up and got table with my friends.
The staff were very friendly but they kept offering the most expensive options for us. Eventually, we decided to go with the “Pick Your Catch” option to try more seafood. Pick your catch is prepared in a traditional Cajun style where the seafood is boiled with corn, potatoes and andouille in a broth made of bell peppers, onion and celery. The broth was very rich and fragrant which could be a pro and con for seafood. The benefit of the b roth would give the seafood more flavours that many people would prefer. I’m more traditional when it comes to seafood so I didn’t like how the broth basically covered the fresh seafood tastes.
We were led to the other side of the restaurant where they had tanks of fresh seafood for the guests to pick. We didn’t know much about seafood so we asked them if they could help us choose. Extremely wrong idea. They picked the heaviest one from each selection and our bill ended up being ridiculously expensive for a dinner that wasn’t remotely close to the price. Always pick your own seafood or they’ll cheat you.
Their Caesar salad’s dressing was made fresh right in front of us. A large rolling bar cart arrived with a wooden bowl and assorted sauces and oils on the side. The dressing was made with fresh egg yolks with parmesan cheese and anchovies thrown in. I’ll give them a thumbs up for making the dressing from scratch.
Mussels in White Wine Cream Sauce
This was my least favourite because mussels actually have a lot of fresh juices in the meat but because of the heavy and thick cream sauce, everything was covered by it.
Black Tiger Prawns in Medium Spicy Rajun Cajun
Their prawns were incredibly big and full of flavour. Everyone only had one because that was all they gave us.
The medium spicy Rajun Cajun sauce was very spicy but also exploding in flavours. The prawns didn’t really soak in the sauce so I still got to taste some of the freshness.
I thought that the spicy level was already hot enough. The corn and potatoes were spicier than the prawns and none of us even touched the andouille because it was too hot.
Dungeness Crab in Garlic Herb
The garlic and herb sauce was a bit too bland and the crab didn’t really taste like it had any garlic and herbs or natural flavours in it.
Maine Lobster in Garlic Herb
The lobster was the only option that had the most flavour. Not only was it incredibly big, but there was so much meat inside! I think it still had it’s natural flavours because there wasn’t enough time for the broth to really seep into meat.
I have never eaten a lobster this big before and I found the meat to be tougher than a 1-2lb lobsters. When I ate the meat in the claw, I could really taste how juicy the meat was.
Look at the size of this claw. The meat was quite juicy but it’s really different compared to a smaller lobster. Bigger lobsters have tougher meat but I won’t complain that there was more meat.