Address: 21, Jalan SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
(International Workers’ Day)
Have been wanting to try this American-style seafood joint in SS2 for a long time, but never managed to because it is always ridiculously packed and you must book days in advance for a table on weekends.
Tried our luck early dinner last night and was given a table on condition we finished our meal in 45mins before reserving customers arrived.
Whacked crabs cooked in some Southern spicy sauce and realised why it’s so popular despite being so expensive – the crabs are super fresh. Meat was juicy, supple, sweet and pulled right out of the shell when cracked. Regretted the choice of sauce, if I’d known the meat would be so fresh, would have opted a very light or even no sauce to taste it better. The sauce was pretty decent though, it is apparently Creole or Cajun style Southern American cooking.
I would say it’s a very good place to go when you crave fresh, succulent crabs, but can’t go often as it is way pricier than most seafood places (was approx RM159 for 2 large crabs). Not value for money but okay for a once in a blue moon visit.
They have other seafood stuff on their menu too, including yabbies and oysters and prawns. They even have non-seafood stuff in case you have people who want other stuff like sausages and chicken and stuff (though why anyone would go to Crab Factory if they don’t want seafood befuddles me).
Pricing: 5/10 – Expensive when compared to the fact that there is an abundance of good Chinese seafood restaurants serving succullent crabs at 2/3 its price here.
Quality: 8/10 – Very fresh crabs and good ingredients.
Environment: 7.5/10 – Nice, bustling South American diner style though can get crowded at peak periods.
Service: 7.5/10 – Your regular diner-restaurant standard. Not bad.
Location: 7.5/10 – Inside the main square of SS2. Pretty convenient for PJ folks but if you live in KL, maybe a drive too far
Comeback Factor: Only when I crave Southern American style crabs. A once in a blue moon thing.