The HolyCrab: Taste of Louisiana seafood

by Alvee Khan

The Holy Crab Bangladesh, located in Gulshan-1, boasts itself on being the first Louisiana style seafood restaurant of the country. It is the branch of an international food chain based in Indonesia. The Dhaka branch was launched on June 16, 2017.
Upon entering, a sincere crew welcomes you to the world of tasty crustaceans. The restaurant is capable of accommodating 72 people in a cosy, friendly atmosphere. The wide array of seating arrangements allow friends to chill or fill the family’s belly with delicious seafood.
The Louisiana-inspired “No Fork, No Spoon, No Knives” serving style is unique, and it spurred the Holy Crab into becoming the talk of the town. The food is served at the table on a place mat, and the customers eat using only gloves. The restaurant has created a buzz among the seafood lovers of the country through serving high quality seafood with exquisite flavour and sauces, in a unique setting. The restaurant comes alive after dusk as families frequently visit the restaurant for its various platters of seafood.
All the items are imported, with ingredients for the sauces arriving from Indonesia and Dungeness crab from Alaska. The sauces are made with a combination of ground spices such as cayenne pepper, paprika, lemon and garlic, and have become popular among foodies of the country.
The menu of Holy Crab includes items and recipes of the parent franchise, as well as some additional dishes for the locals. They offer several platters, pastas, salads, fish n chips, add-ons. Among these, grilled calamari, dirty rice, shrimp roll, creamy salmon pasta, Cajun corn salad, Louisiana fish-n-chips, deep fried fish finger are very popular. The price ranges from Tk 450 to Tk 900. Several seafood meals of salmon, dory, red snapper and barramundi are available and they are priced between Tk 700 to Tk 1300. Their ‘big bundles’ offer a large quantity grilled or deep fried seafood, and it’s priced Tk 2100. The standard items, served 500 grams in the platters, include mud crabs, lobsters, shrimps, clams, crawfish, Canadian lobsters and Dungeness crab. All the items except crawfish and Canadian lobster are priced below Tk 2000. Crawfish costs Tk 6000 and Canadian Lobster costs Tk 11500. There are meals for 4 people, priced Tk 4000 and another meal for 8 people costs Tk 9000. Apart from the seafood, the restaurant also serves three kinds of homemade desserts, and among them sticky toffee pudding is worth a mention. They also have a large variety of cocktails to quench your thirst, with green summer and sparkling being on demand.
Rakibul Hasan Pias, shift manager at the restaurant informed that two chefs, an operations manager and a restaurant manager trained in Indonesia for a month before the restaurant’s opening. Currently, the restaurant is marketing through Facebook and Instagram, however the authenticity of the restaurant and its delicious seafood have produced many loyal customers.
Holy Crab is aiming to become the place for authentic seafood experience for the foodies and is fighting toe-to-toe with Fish & Co and Manhattan Fish Market among the seafood lovers of the country.
To have some scrumptious crustaceans fill your tummy in a unique and authentic Louisiana way, visit the Holy Crab Bangladesh at Crystal Palace, 2nd Floor, Road No 140, Gulshan South Ave, Dhaka-1212.

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