Tuesday, August 05, 2014


Umami-rich Marmite Crabs

Crab craze has hit KL and foodies are scurrying to ParkRoyal KL's Chatz Brasserie to have their fill of crabs, crabs and more crabs at the Seafood Buffet dinner every Friday and Saturday this month.
Crispy deep-fried soft-shell crabs

With 10 - yes, 10! - types of crab dishes available, you can gorge yourself silly for only RM85 nett per person. Now isn't that a tasty deal that's simply too irresistible for words?
Simple but sumptuous Steamed Crabs

The gigantic fresh meat crabs were no match for the hungry hordes who dug in with gusto that Saturday night we went. Right on the get-go, every crab part in sight was grabbed, cracked and crunched thoroughly to extract that sweet, firm meat. Oh, the spread also includes a King Neptune's treasure trove of fish, prawns, clams and oysters prepared in every imaginable way but nothing could steal the spotlight away from the meat and flower crab dishes.

Buttering you up with lots of Crabs with Butter Sauce

Honestly, the Steamed Crabs with Egg White which best captures the crustaceans delicate, inherent sweetness during our sneak preview didn't fare as well on the buffet but the freshness was at least clear and discernible. I missed the jus that pooled at the bottom of our crab dish that; coupled with the smooth custardy egg white it was out of this world.

The rich, creamy Butter Meat Crabs also floated our boat on the preview night. Bursting with strong, piquant aroma of curry leaves and mild spice flavour, the freshly extracted crab meat was da bomb when eaten together with pieces of fluffy soft mantou soaked in the unctuous sauce. When cooked in large portions, the sauce was a spread a little too thin although you can still taste the creamy richness.
Tantalising Sweet & Sour Crabs

Coming in at third place is the Fried Crab with Marmite Sauce -- a full-bodied, umami-rich creation with dark, slick and savoury lacquer-like sauce which emphasises the natural sweetness of those meaty crabs.

Kicking things up a notch or two are Fried Chilli Meat Crabs and Kam Heong Crabs. Both robust preparations are likely to set your tastebuds a-tingling and derive great enjoyment from that chunks of sweet crabmeat.

Personally, I find the Fried Meat Crab with Salted Egg a tad gritty for my liking but for those big on seafood crusted with salted egg yolk crumbs, this will certainly hit the spot. More well-rounded with a nice balance of tangy-sweet-brininess is the Sweet and Sour Meat Crabs. Wreathed with eggy wisps, more mantou won't go remiss for this particular dish.
Top: Flower Crabs Masak Lemak (Bottom) Fried Blue Flower Crabs with Chilli & Spices

Nods to local influences come in the form of Blue Flower Crab Masak Lemak Nenas and Fried Blue Flower Crab with Chilli & Spices. For me, the big, bold and lusty meat crabs already stole the thunder so I'd leave you to draw your own conclusions on the two dishes. Also the Deep-fried Soft Shell Crabs seem like a non-event unless you're too lazy to tackle all that shelling.

Every table is presented to a whole steamed fish...much as we appreciated the extra fringe benefit, it was such a pity that the dish was "lost at sea". Diners were just too distracted to care much for the fish. Of course, the extensive buffet will also tempt you with everything from hot and cold appetisers to soup and salads as well as delectable mains such as Fried Yee Mee with Crabmeat, Baked Crab Pudding, Tom Yam Crab Noodles and Baked Salmon with Crabmeat Cream Sauce at the cravery station among others. And we haven't dive into the plethora of dessert and freshly squeezed juices yet.

Call Chatz Brasserie, tel: 03-2147 0088 for reservations now as places are filling up fast!


KY said...

how it is possible to eat all those crab? it's like.. crab heaven!

Alice JomMakanLife said...

@KY - you'd be surprised how much people can eat...that night alone 280 pax put away 400kg!

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