HungryGoWhere Singapore Food Guide, Restaurants, Eating Guide and Reviews - HGW
Search the site
50%100%24 votes

No. 3 Crab Delicacy Seafood

AsianChineseSeafood
No. 3 Crab Delicacy Seafood specializes in crab dishes and other local tze char dishes.

Daily: 11:30 - 14:30

Daily: 17:30 - 23:30

+65 63272148
$43 based on 24 submissions
Dinner (7 votes), Children/Family (6 votes), After Work (5 votes)
Here Here

Get your crab fix here

My gf and I had dinner at 3D last night.  We ordered the crab bee hoon soup, cold crab, and bamboo clams.  The crab bee hoon soup was delicious - a large fleshy 1.5kg male crab (male crabs have larger pincers, while female crabs have larger bodies and roe), expertly cooked such that the flesh remained firm and sweet.  The soup was hot and rich and tasty - we had to resist drinking too much though because it's quite gelat and certainly not healthy.  The cold crab was also very good - cool, sweet and full of roe.  The bamboo clams were garlicky and tasty.  Don't come here for the ambience (coffee shop feel) or the service (hit and miss).  Come here for a reliable, reasonably priced crab fix.  We paid $160, which included a couple of beers.

The HGW community like this place for...

Community submitted Favourites:
Overall
Based on 24 votes
Food/Drink
Value
Ambience
Service
03 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

A very forgettable experience

I had a family reunion dinner of sorts at No. 3 Crab Delicacy Seafood on 2 Nov 2014, as my sister was visiting from Australia with her newborn baby. We went with much excitement as this place came highly recommended from a close friend.

For a table for 7, we ordered fried tofu, deep-fried baby squid, sweet potato leaves, broccoli with scallops, chilli crab and their signature curry crab. I do not even know where to start documenting my disappointment.

1) Fried tofu: Bland and starchy when bitten into, but at least it was edible. 
2) Deep-fried baby squid: Burnt when served. To his credit, the restaurant manager apologized for the squid and took it back into the kitchen but re-emerged with the exact same plate, with slightly more sweet dark sauce dribbled on the squid to mask the burnt taste. So much for integrity!
3) Sweet potato leaves: In spite of the belachan sauce, the dish was unmistakably served overcooked and bland.
4) Broccoli with scallops: Broccoli was overcooked and discoloured when served. It was accompanied by a paltry 4 pieces of scallops, this coming from a medium-sized serving. At least they managed to get the flavour right this time and it wasn't too bland.
5) Chilli crab: The only dish to emerge with some credit. The meat was juicy and succulent, but the gravy was too starchy and did not have enough egg bits inside.
6) Curry crab: The curry had a good flavour to it, but the crab had been left in the curry for too long and the meat was overcooked and did not fall out of the shells nicely.

My dad, who is not known to be a fussy eater, quietly commented to me for the first time during any family dinner in history that he would not return, as the taste was generally bland and we would be able to do so much better at other restaurants.

Alas, this wasn't the worst part of the experience. When my mom was settling the bill (approx. $285.), she commented to the waitress that the food was disappointing and she would not return. The waitress casually remarked "Ma'am, taste is a very subjective issue. You may not think it's good but other customers do." I was appalled by this response which smacked of a lack of professionalism and decorum.

I've never felt so compelled to write a review, hence this is my first review in spite of my long-time membership at HGW. 3 Crabs is a place I would never return. The worst dining experience in my life and I'm sorry I had to put my visiting family through this.
09 Sep 2014 • 15 reviews • 0 follower

Get your crab fix here

My gf and I had dinner at 3D last night.  We ordered the crab bee hoon soup, cold crab, and bamboo clams.  The crab bee hoon soup was delicious - a large fleshy 1.5kg male crab (male crabs have larger pincers, while female crabs have larger bodies and roe), expertly cooked such that the flesh remained firm and sweet.  The soup was hot and rich and tasty - we had to resist drinking too much though because it's quite gelat and certainly not healthy.  The cold crab was also very good - cool, sweet and full of roe.  The bamboo clams were garlicky and tasty.  Don't come here for the ambience (coffee shop feel) or the service (hit and miss).  Come here for a reliable, reasonably priced crab fix.  We paid $160, which included a couple of beers.
27 Dec 2012 • 55 reviews • 0 follower

Lopsided Review

I didn't try any of the crab specialties listed on their website so you might want to give this a miss if you are looking for reviews on the curry crab or crab porridge from no 3 crab.


None of the dishes impressed me; there were two that were above average but i am aware of places that served them better. 


For more information, please visit http://cavinteo.blogspot.sg/2012/12/no-3-crab-delicacy-seafood-restaurant-3.html.
14 Mar 2011 • 1 review • 9 followers

Overcharged and lousy service!

Hi all,

Will like to draw your attention the my bad encounter on 13th Mar 530pm. We used a BANK OF CHINA voucher that entitles us to 50% off our crab dish, on a Sunday as the voucher clearly stated that it is invalid only on eve and PH.

When the crab arrived, we were quite dismayed to find that they serve us the small size crabs that can be found in supermarket, instead of the large sri lanka type. Worse of all, all the other tables around us were eating the huge type. We felt like 2nd class patrons just because of our vouchers.

When the bill came, we were charged $72 for 2 miserably-sized crabs, that we felt did not even exceed 1 kg for both. With a $72 bill, it means that 2 small crabs weighed 1.8kg?

We argued with the boss on the unequal treatment and inflated bill, he defended himself by saying that to him, all Sat/Sun are considered Public holiday, and as such he is already very nice to us by honouring the vouchers.

When queried on the supposed 1.8kg weight of the 2 small crabs, he changed topic and tell us to complain to the bank instead.

As such, please beware of such unscrupulous business etiquette shown by the restaurant. I am not flaming the restaurant, i can be contacted @ jensen_lee@ymail.com for any verifications.
07 Sep 2010 • 1 review • 0 follower

Expensive and below average food

I didn't know about this place but was recently given a vocher for buy 1 get 1 free for the crab, so we went there to give it a try.

Upon arriving, we were first asked to be served drink. The waitress told us that they have home brewed chrysanthemum. So we ordered two glasses. To our surprise, the chrysanthemum hot drink appeared like plain hot water. It looks almost colorless like water and tasted blend. They called them homebrewed??

Although from the restaurant wall we can see that it is famous for their curry crab, but our voucher can only go for the chilli and black pepper crab. So we asked the waitress if we can order a black pepper and then a chilli crab. To our surprise, they told us we need to top up $10 more. Therefore, we decided to go with only black pepper.

We also ordered La la (clam), fried kailan, fried toufu and pork rib to go along with our dinner. None of the food was tasty and their presentation was poor. Even when the first dish arrived, no body bordered to serve us rice or even asked if we wanted rice until we asked them. This was very poor service when the restaurant was not fully packed. What's more, they were charging us 10% service charge??

Food serving size was really pathetic. Extremely small and stingy. One plate of few la la in soup costs $16. One honey pork rib cost $12. The pork rib was not fresh and tasted awful and soggy and pathetically small that one can chew it at one go.

We thought this was not so bad until we were served the black pepper crab. That was the worst thing that can ever happened. I was expecting those large sri lankan crab that they served for their curry crab. To our surprise, those crab are those small type. Worst still, one of the crab was not fresh. It tasted awful and meat was soggy as if it had been dead for days. To me, it seems like the restaurant is trying to salvage all the food and not wasting it. They will put it in and cook for their customer especially when we are dining 1 portion for free. Although, we were eating for Buy 1 and get 1 free, we felt cheated and not worth it at all. The type of serving is what you will get at coffee shop approx $30/1kg. I think the crab is only about 1kg and we actually pay $30 for that. So it's not like we eat 1 sri lankan crab and get another free. We felt we paid for everything.

What's more, the crab did not taste any fantastic even though we saw many rave reviews on the wall about its curry crab. It tasted overly sweet with not enough black pepper. Worst still, the dead crab and the not fresh meat spoilt the entire dish completely.

The china waitresses were not attentive at all and not acceding to our requests. We wanted to order coffee pork rib as shown in their menu but was told it was no longer avauilable for many months(If that's the case, they should have removed it completely). We wanted a fish dish but was told none was available until we persistently asked if they could cook some fried ginger fish slices, then they went in to check.

With such overly priced dishes and still charging service charge and GST, it's not worth eating here. What's more with the type of food served especially when we showed them the voucher, it made me felt like they deliberately trying to cheat us. This will be my last time going to this restuarant. If not for the voucher, I wouldn't have wasted my money dining here.

While I made my way out of the restaurant, I was surprised to see better furnished restaurant serving better food. What's more no service charge. I regretted not dining next door instead.