The Holy Crab in Bali

A Good Deal of Crab Feasting in Seminyak

The Holy Crab Louisiana Seafood brings the fun, bare-handed crab-feast to the Petitenget dining street of Seminyak. The restaurant is hard to miss right on one of the main corners of the street, with a dining hall that seats well over a hundred hungry diners.

A great spot to share a seafood-lovers’ dinner without the need for cutlery or table manners, you simply don on a bib, and wait for your orders to arrive. With tables covered in sheets of onionskin paper, your Louisiana style clear plastic bag of goodness comes with choices of prawns, crab, crawfish, clams, sausages and sweet corn – unleashed literally ‘over’ your table.

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The menu is quite straightforward. And there are packages for two and four that pack in your seafood goodie bag with great pre-selections. A ‘shrimp bag’ package for two features 250gr of shrimp, 500gr of clams, and onion rings, a choice of fries, rice or sweet corn on the sides and two bottles of Futami green tea or mineral water. The ‘crab bag’ at IDR 415,000 features a 650gr meaty mud crab and 250gr of clams instead.

A fun feast for four features a mud crab option: one 650gr mud crab, 500gr shrimp and a kilogram of clams, together with chicken wings, onion rings, a selection of two fries, rice or corn, and four drinks. The king crab version, at IDR 930,000, comes with a 450gr king crab, half-kilo of shrimp and a kilo of clams for an ultimate seafood-lovers banquet.

Of course, there’s shell crackers and crab openers ready at your service should you need some help with those big claws, but most of the time it’s a hands-on affair. That said, dining can and will get a little messy, with Cajun sauce dribbling here and there. Dining time at this restaurant is quite a scene, with fun chattering and lots of hammering.

The prime selections here are the imported Alaskan king crab legs and Dungeness crab. These are seasonal and range between IDR 80,000 to 140,000 per gram. The local selections on the other hand, the likes of crawfish, mud crab, shrimps and clams range between a reasonable IDR 20,000 to 45,000 per gram.

Holy Crab’s sauces are garlicky and spicy, but on the palatable side. There are a la carte nibbles available for those with the silly excuse of not wanting to get their hands dirty, but that’s really missing the point of this fun, finger-licking experience. These include classic shrimp, crab and lobster rolls, ranging from IDR 35,000 to 180,000. The buttery soft fish and chips are also must-tries, as are their crab cakes, which are made with crabmeat, mayo, breadcrumbs, milk, eggs and spices. There’s even boiled veggies to balance the meaty seafood.

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