Somewhere hidden in the heart of Quezon City lies a bistro of the best of both worlds. Land and sea.. Steaks and seafood! And served fresh everyday! It's El Cangrejo Crab Seafood and Steak Bistro. It's a good hidden place to hang out with friends and maybe occasionally see some stars from the nearby television networks dining, if you're lucky.
As soon as you see the Jardin de Zenaida complex, turn there and you will see El Cangrejo at the far back.
There it is! The good news is that the complex has its own parking lot inside.
The inside is pretty simple. Simple yet cozy.
We had the House Baked Bread (P75) first for our appetizer. I found this bread to be really good! I like how chewy it is, albeit a bit oily (but sometimes oily makes it taste more yummy hehehe). It goes really well with the vinaigrette sauce.
The Clam Steamers (P150) is a plate of fresh clams in garlic buttery goodness. Just the way I like it! It's smothered in Cajun and burnt butter. Yum!!!
If you like food that's packed with a good amount of heat, then you have to try the Boneless Buffalo Wings (P235). It's quick and easy to pup it in your mouth to because it's in boneless popcorn cut. It's a bit too hot for me though. Yep, I'm a wuss haha!
The Clam Steamers (P150) is also very good. It has the good mix of sweetness and saltiness that fights in in your mouth. And the soup... oh the soup... I could eat the soup with rice and I'd be a happy girl.
The Crab Meat Ravioli in Aligue Sauce (P325) looks like pretty turtle shells to me. They're huge raviolis packed with nothing but good crab meat. Crab lovers, you will love this! There's a tinge of heat that makes it more addicting!
I'm a fan of prawns and this Grilled Prawns Aglio Oglio (P 395) was no exception. An simple oil-based pasta with garlic and parsley but it hits the spot. As they say, sometimes less is more!
The Clams Linguini (P270) just okay for me. A tomato-based pasta with parmesan cheese and of course fresh clams. You can really taste the freshness of the clams.
This is the part where you really need to weat your El Cangrejo aprons and your crab crackers. The Steamed Mud Crabs tossed in Beurre Noisette (P595) is fresh, very juicy and very succulent! Crab lovers will get a kick out of this one. Take note though that the sauce is super good as well! Soooo buttery! We love buttery!
Check out this gigantic freshwater shrimp! It's called Ulang. El Cangrejo's Grilled Ulang in Beurre Noisette (P595) looks spectacular. Even with it's size it's still very flavorful.
Their Fish and Chips (P370) are not bad as well. You can never go wrong with this classic fried fish dish.
But if you know me well you'd know that I would gladly pair the fish and chips with rice! Or in this case, El Cangrejo's pretty looking garlic rice hehe. Both plain and garlic rice cost P55 so I suggest make the most out of your 55 bucks and go garlic!
For dessert, El Cangrejo has the classic Apple Pie ala Mode (P150)...
... and my favorite which is the Blueberry Chocolate Cheesecake (P150). I really liked this because the chocolate is not too sweet, then the crust is really buttery with a touch of sweetness. And all of it is balanced with the tartness of the berries.
If you feel like having good seafood and steak at a not-so-crowded area, head on to El Cangrejo and start crackin those sea shells!
El Cangrejo Crab Seafood and Steak Bistro is located at:
Unit D1 Jardin de Zenaida, 34 Sgt. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle
1103 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel No. (02) 351 0700
Visit their official website: http://www.elcangrejo.ph/
And follow them on Facebook: El Cangrejo Crab, Seafood and Steak Bistro