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“i learned that you can choose between a male and a female crab. :)”
Review of Grab-A-Crab

Grab-A-Crab
Ranked #52 of 106 Restaurants in General Santos
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 14, 2012

It was my first time to go to General Santos City. I went there because I wanted to check out the workplace of my sister. It was just a one day visit and what better way to get to know a new place in one day than to check out the talked-about food places. So my sister and I tried this place. I'm not sure if there are other branches in the city, but the one we went to is at Robinson's Place GenSan. To me, trying and checking out a new food place is an experience. It will determine if I'll ever go back.

We came after lunch time, around 2:00 p.m. My sister told me the places really gets jam-packed at lunch. So to avoid the crowd, we went at a non-peak time. However, since this is after lunch time, the place was a little messy from the previous diners. The crew were all busy tending to dining guests and some tables were left with used dishes and utensils.

There was no receptionist who accommodated us. We had to call the attention of one of the crews to get us seated. The first table that was offered to us were still uncleaned. So we asked for another table. They gave us a table that was slightly cleaned-up. We asked for it to be cleaned thoroughly, which the crew obliged, of course. So what I'm pointing out is there was a long unnecessary wait time to be seated.

I suggest that they manage to clean-up the tables as soon as previous guests leave to accommodate new guests as soon as possible.

When we were finally seated, the waiter who attended to us saved the whole experience. He really let us browsed through their gigantic menu. We ordered Bird's Nest Qauil Egg Soup, Crab's General, and Grilled Tuna. Soup for starters, then of course, crabs, since it's the house specialty, and tuna, since GenSan is known for their tuna.

The waiter graciously described to us what's in the dishes, how will it be cooked, the cooking time, the pricing which is per gram, etc. He gave us a trivia that we can choose the gender of our crab. If we choose a female crab, we will get more meat from its body and the pincers are small. If we choose a male crab, the pincers are bigger and its body is smaller. Before confirming our order, he checked in the kitchen what are we going to get. He got us a male crab. He was so nice and accommodating and gracious. Too bad, we weren't able to get his name.

The dishes were at par with my expectations in food. Not at all bad for a first time. I also appreciate that they served the soup first followed by the main courses. Other restaurants serve everything you ordered all at once, which defeats the purpose of having appetizers and soup first. The crab's shell was already broken for us, which is good, ready for us to devour everything. The tuna was grilled tenderly just the way I like it. It was not too dark and not too salty.

I enjoy eating at sit-down restaurants even if they are sometimes pricey, as long as I like the food and service.

So I think, I'll eat here again when I'm in GenSan because I like the food. But I sure hope that next time, we don't have to wait long to be seated.

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Reviewed January 12, 2012

we booked for 80 people at grab a crab for my sister's wedding. take note this was a wedding, it's supposed to be the most special event in your life and grab a crab ruined it! we booked for early dinner, after the ceremony, we got there and the food wasnt ready. all the guests were tired and hungry and we had to wait for an hour for them to serve the food. while we were waiting, their wobbly tables almost caused accidents to our guests. they are literally pieces of circular wood they put on top of a stand. the decorations werent even put up yet, they were making it WHILE the guests were already there. there's no even free drinking water!!! so anyway, the food came, and surprise suprise, it was not enough for the guests. i talked to the person in charged and she said they weighed everything and said it's 300gm/person. and my aunt who happens to be a caterer said that it was definitely not good for 80 people. and you dont need to be an expert caterer, just by looking at the trays you know the servings were SMALL! we felt we were ripped off! worst food, worst service, worst experience. zero star!

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4  Thank couchsurfer s
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

Good food, a bit crowded, but a must if you like crab

1  Thank D T
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Reviewed January 7, 2012

Like everything in General Santos City, food at Grab-A-Crab is great, fresh, and inexpensive. We brought wine and wasn't charged with corkage fee. How delightful! We had a superb time. Best of all, the resto employees are all very nice, courteous, attentive, friendly.

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1  Thank EllaOco
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