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Crab In Da Bag makes a Big Splash!

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Have you heard of Crab in da Bag? It’s the latest thing to hit Big Splash! Be careful how you pronounce it, make sure you pronounce Crab with a “b” sound at the back, lest offend those around you! When I first heard that Crab in da Bag was going to open in Big Splash, I was pretty excited. High time for some refreshing concept to grace this prominent spot here at East Coast Park.

I think a lot of people have the same thoughts as me because it was packed to the gills on the day that I visited. Actually, I visited last Friday for dinner. Thank god I managed to snag the second last table at Crab in da Bag because the rest of the tables were either occupied or reserved, and this was 6pm! By 7pm, the place was totally full, with a queue starting to form. And this is hardly one month after they’ve opened!

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This is how the place looks like inside. Photo taken at 6pm, before the place got filled. The interesting thing about Crab in da Bag is that everything is served out of a bag. There are no utensils here (unless you order rice), you eat with your hands and you leave the shells and all on the table! Not to worry, the staff will lay wax paper on the table so things are still freshly clean until you start forming your own mountain of shells.

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Check out the menu here. You can order ala carte stuff like prawns, crabs, lobsters, yabbies etc. Or you can go for the WOW dish, known as the Caboodle Boil. It costs $299 and comes with 4 mini lobsters, 2 Sri Lankan crabs, 500gm King Crab Legs etc. It’s definitely a crowd pleaser. And because it’s served from a bucket, EVERYONE in the restaurant will know you’ve ordered that. Even if they didn’t, I’m sure your table will be distracting everyone else with your “wahhhhhs” when the loot is poured out onto the table.

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What to eat at East Coast Park – Seafood Centre

I had the opportunity to visit East Coast Park yesterday afternoon. East Coast Park is so different on a weekday as compared to the weekends. With hardly anybody around, it was such a joy to be out there under the blue skies, enjoying the sea breeze as the trees gently sway in the dappled sunlight. I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy this moment, even if fleeting.

Took a walk to the East Coast Park Seafood Centre area, previously known as the UDMC Seafood Centre. They even have their own Wikipedia link, although it doesn’t seem to be very updated. It was pretty quiet there except for McDonalds.

McDonald's @ Seafood Centre

Yes, did you know there is a McDonalds’ still at East Coast Park??

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I don’t think many people know that McDonald’s has moved from the Marine Cove area opposite Marine Parade, to the Seafood Centre area opposite the Bedok/Bayshore flyover. What a pity, because you can see the absolutely wonderful views from the alfresco area of McDonalds. One day I’m going to bring my laptop here and order a huge cuppa and just blog away. The views are so much better than what it was previously, in fact the previous McDonald’s didn’t really have a view if you think about it. Such an idyllic place, just as well it is a secret!

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Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Cafe and Pub

I think like many Singaporeans, when we hear the word “Pub”, we tend to think of the place as a sleazy, alcoholic’s haven, a place not for the family oriented. Apparently, this is totally not the case when the “pubs” in referenced are styled after the British/Irish types. Lots of families dine there for affordable comfort food.

So, don’t be surprised when you look at Scruffy Murphy’s menu and you find a whole range of dishes on offer from things like Roast Beef, Fish & Chips, a good range of sandwiches and pasta. I love ordering the Daily Roast when I’m here. It’s one of the few places where you can get roast beef, and at a very affordable price of $16.00! Compare that to the nearly $90 roast beef I had at Lawry’s a month back! Of course, dining at Lawry’s comes with other perks such as the excellent service and a more atas feeling, but one can’t dine at Lawry’s all the time! Another dish that is supposedly very good is the Fish and Chips, although I don’t think it is that fantastic. It costs $16 and they give you 4 huge pieces of fish, of which I was unable to finish.

The Gaelic Inns chain which owns Scruffy Murphy’s, also owns other pubs like Muddy Murphys, The Penny Black Victorian London Pub, Ballymoons and Durty Nelly’s. They are all styled after Irish pubs, but are each slightly different in character. Scruffy Murphys’ is the most “open-concept” one as it faces the East Coast beach. I love it that I can have my dinner while watching the cyclists go by. The Penny Black is situated along the Singapore River, so that’s also a nice place to people watch.

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Rack of lamb $25- Quite nice, but a bit tough. I love the potato triangles dipped in gravy (you can just see it sticking out behind the lamb)

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Daily Roast (Roast Beef with mashed potatoes and yorkshire pudding) $16 – For $16, I think this is an absolute steal. The portion of meat is substantial. It was juicy and flavourful and I finished every single bit. For $16, i really have no complaints!

Scruffy Murphy's - Heineken Beer

Beer in the dark

Beer in the day

And no, Heineken did not sponsor this post, although they should seriously consider doing so!

Scruffy Murphy’s full house during  the Manchester United vs Arsenal Match on 1 May 2011.

Scruffy Murphy’s Irish cafe and Pub

Address: 1000 East Coast Parkway, B7 Marine Cove
(Note: Just in front of MacDonald’s facing the beach!)
Tel: +65 6449 7717 Fax: +65 6446 2334
Email:
enquiry@scruffymurphys.com.sg

Opening hours:
Monday to Wednesday from 3 p.m. till midnight
Thursday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Friday and eve of Public Holidays from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday and Public Holidays from 9 a.m. to midnight

Enjoy “Sunset” Happy hours prices daily on draught beer all night!

Happy hour prices on all house spirits and wine till 8 p.m. daily

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East Coast Park Aerial View

Took some pictures of the East Coast Park area today. I love looking at the vast expanse of water. There is a sort of calming effect, just looking out at something so blue and unblocked. Once in a while, I need to come here, to get away from the built up areas of Singapore. I know, the numerous ships dotting the sea reduces the picturesque quality, but still, this is about as good as it goes in Singapore.

It was also interesting to see the rain pouring down in the city area. Marina Bay Sands was just a grey blur in the distance. Yet at the Changi area, it was as bright as can be.

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The McDonalds area of East Coast Park. Looks different from up here. There was some news recently that their rentals may not be renewed? Wonder what’s the latest news with that.

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You can see the rain coming in in the distance. Wonder what it is that causes the orangey sky.

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You can hardly see Marina Bay Sands in the rain.

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Yet bright as can be towards the Changi direction. Singapore may be small, but it’s still large enough to experience different weather in different parts of the island!

It would be wonderful to live in a condo and wake up to such views every morning. Unfortunately, since the East Coast Parkway Expressway is parallel to the East Coast Park and sea, the better your view of  the sea, the louder the noise of the expressway! The drone of the cars is quite audible. I have no idea how people living right next to the expressway tolerate the noise. They must have learnt to weed it out. I can’t imagine how I would do that, or if I would want to do that in the first place. I gues the best way is to choose a condo block that is not nearest the expressway. Yes the views will be blocked, but you still get some bits of view and much lesser sound. And don’t let me even get started on how dusty and dirty it must be to live next to the expressway. I wonder if people living next to the expressway go to the doctor more often?

The place I live at happens to face a small playground, and there are no major roads nearby. It’s pretty peaceful at night and I like it this way.  I can have my windows open at night and I often poke my head out to enjoy the cool night breeze. Still, Singapore is noisy compared to New Zealand. Lying in bed at night in New Zealand, it was so pitch black I couldn’t even see my hand. And get this, for the 1st time in my life, I realised my phone had a low buzz sound, audible because there were no cars around for miles.  In all the years that I’ve had a mobile phone, I’ve never realised it buzzed!

Mr Teh Tarik

 

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