One afternoon of August 2012, I met two of my foodie buddies who also have not taken lunch before heading to the Resorts World for a lifestyle-related event. Consequently, we ended up eating at a fancy Alimango House inside the posh Newport Mall in Pasay City. As a matter-of-fact it was past 3PM when we decided to have our very very late lunch. I guess this is the biggest branch they have yet. One day, I would like to try their branch in Tomas Morato.
I know for sure how pricey the dishes are in this Red Crab Alimango House Restaurant based on my previous experience at their other branches, but that day the three of us deserved the much-needed GOOD food that we ever craved for. When it comes to food, most of the time it pays not to mind the amount you pay afterwards as long as you felt so full and fulfilled, right? And this is one perfect place where ordering is equivalent to much surprise. Mind you that we were in the brink of dying from extreme lack of food that day. Could you imagine that!
Plates and cutleries were already set on the table, red-colored adult bibs will provided once the guests finally settled on their chosen table. Something that you must wear most especially when you have decided to order something form the Alimango Club dishes on the menu.
We never got the chance to avail any soup nor starter for we crazily want to satisfy our hunger already. So we had two orders..yes..two orders of Bagoong Rice. Let's just say that, unlimited rice is somehow synonymous to more fun :) Red Crab's Bagoong Rice was topped with thin slices of green mango and shreds of scrambled egg that complemented the salty and tangy taste of rice. Before this was served to us, two Premier bottled water and a glass of Green Mango Shake for me quenched our thirst.
When you hit this place make sure you try to order this classic Filipino favorite which was cooked and served in three different ways. The three variations are as follows (L-R): the classic adobong pusit which is made using black ink; the one with superbly rich coconut milk; and the one with pineapples and adobong baboy which was quite a winner for me. All of them are palatable enough and great combination for either a cup of perfectly steamed rice or our very own hefty order of Bagoong Rice.
You are not allowed to enter nor leave the place if you could not afford to order any of the items from the Alimago Club menu. You surely want to make the most out of dining here and order something really special which is any of the crab viands. This big bowl of 1 kg Crab Adobo sa Buko suits our desire for a deliciously cooked crab. Good for 3-4 persons already. The dish was too tasty that I kinda went loco of extracting some juices from it to be drizzled in my rice portion.
Worrying about cracking open such a delish monstrous crustacean? Fret not for you may call any of the servers to assist you. In our case we did not bother to ask for their help as we would like to experience the challenging yet fun moment of cracking crab legs and getting the meat out. There's nothing compared to the feeling of such an achievement if you get what I mean. All you need is a pair of reliable crab cracker and a little faith that you can pull the white meat out :)
It is no secret how I deeply love this Philippine stew that is cooked with oxtails and lots of vegetables coupled with ground peanut plus a superb shrimp paste or bagoong . Red Crab's version was very good that I appreciate its very thick and savory peanut sauce. Yum to the highest level!
This place has a lot to offer such as Seafood, Vegetables and Meat dishes, Pinausukan Republic, Pinirito Subito, Sabaw and Palayok Tales, Sinugba World, and some house specialties. I have yet to try their home-made ice cream with flavors that is out of this world and so Pinoy! Imagine Langka, Santol, Dalandan, Rambutan and Guava...very cool and interesting!
We paid more that one thousand pesos per head including the service charge. Really expensive but it was truly worth it. Wish to be back at any of their branches soon.
THE RED CRAB ALIMAGO HOUSE
2/F Resorts World Manila, Newport Mall
Newport Blvd Domestic Airport, Pasay