This restaurant has excellent Chinese food up on offer. The butter-garlic crab I tried here was simply amazing — complete Chinese style! The crab meat is known to be sweet and goes very well with a citrus or a salty counterpart.
At Mainland, you have the option of a whole crab with a choice of your own sauce, or then shelled crab meat with whatever sauce you would like. Due to the unavailability of the whole crab, I opted for the shelled crab meat.
It was battered and fried, and then stir fried with some sweet garlic, cabbage, spring onions and spinach. The quantity was more than enough for four persons — and this is what I’d call ‘paisa vasool’! It’s a starter I would recommend you couple either with rice or noodles, as you like it!
Location: City Point, Dhole Patil Road
Price: Rs 650-675
Nisarg just has the freshest, best seafood in town. They are currently celebrating their fifth crab festival, which started on Nov 30 and goes on till Dec 30. Nisarg has a little crab shack where you can see the crabs and choose them yourself.
Here too, there is the option of a whole crab or then shelled crab meat, and very excitedly I chose the whole crab. So first, you get this checked bib, so that you emerge from the meal unsplattered with crabmeat/masala.
You get a pincher to break the shell and a scraper, with which you pull out the meat. The butter-garlic sauce is a white sauce, with fried garlic on top. The garlic was sweet and not at all overpowering. It came smothering the crabs (and just some extra in a bowl incase you need it). This is truly an experience I recommend everybody try!
Location: Nal Stop, Near Padale Palace
Price: Rs 400 - Rs 550
This seafood restaurant and bar has quite an ambience, with animated fish, prawns, crabs and all sorts of seafood painted on the walls. They have a well-stocked bar as well.
Here, we tried the shelled crab meat in butter-garlic sauce, as the whole crab was unavailable. As you place the order, they bring out crab, alive, to show you — if you are satisfied with it, they go ahead and cook it. They use mud crabs, a fresh water crab.
The dish is an Oriental preparation here, stir-fried with garlic and spring onions. There’s really no hint of butter, whereas the garlic flavour comes right through. The crab meat is still the star, as the sweetness is not lost in preparation. Their specialty is their Tandoori and Chilli Crab.
Location: L B S Road, near Sadashiv Peth
Price: Rs 750
This seafood joint, situated on FC Road, is a recent find. They are a seafood specialty restaurant, but with nothing too extravagant or exciting about the ambience and service, it all comes down to the food. In the butter-garlic crab, you have the usual two options, whole crab or shelled meat.
With the whole crab, there weren’t proper tools to eat it with, so it dimmed the excitement a little bit. The shelled crab meat, on the other hand, was soft and well-prepared, stir-fried with garlic and spring onions. The crab meat was sweet and moist, just how it is supposed to be. It was also quite light, the quantity about enough for one person.
Location: FC Road, opposite Shabri
Price: As per the size