It’s back. And bigger than ever. Last year’s all-you-can-eat crab buffet has expanded to include prawns as well. That means menu choice has more than doubled from ten to 22 dishes. It’s in a new venue too, running upstairs at Mojo Restaurant, on the former site of Scruffy Murphy’s (RIP). Did we eat our money’s worth? You bet we did.
All you can eat prawn and crab menu $49.90
The new prawn and crab buffet means a price hike from $39.90 to $49.90, but to be honest, we’re not complaining. It’s still incredible value given the quality of food provided.
The set-up remains the same. Your table has 90 minutes to order as much as it can eat from the special buffet menu. Each dish is cooked to order, and yes, you’ll be expected to eat everything or risk being charged a penalty fee for food waste.
Som tum prawn papaya salad, Thai-style
We kick off with som tum papaya salad. You’ll be asked whether you want it Thai-style (clear with fish sauce) or Lao-style (darker brown with salted crabs). They’ll also ask what level heat you’re after – remember they’re talking on a Thai scale. We asked for mild and it still tasted pretty fiery.
Som tum crab papaya salad, Lao-style
The som tum crab only comes in Lao style. Here you get to relish the salty fishy pungency of salted crab.
My biggest tip? Bring your own gloves. I’m not joking. Sure you may feel like a fool packing them into your handbag, but you’ll be having the last laugh as you rip apart those crab legs with unbridled glee. And trust me, you are going to get messy.
Raw prawns with chilli sauce
Raw seafood is one of my favourite indulgences. Its glassy sheen yields a silky sweetness that is immediately lost upon cooking. And if you’re worried about freshness, you shouldn’t be. You should know straight away if a raw prawn is less than fresh, both in taste and texture. Here the raw prawns are simply peeled and dressed with a pounded chilli sauce, raw garlic slices and raw bitter melon.
Goi goong raw prawn spicy salad
If you like larb, you’ll like goi goong, raw prawns marinated in the same fish sauce and roasted rice dressing you find on chicken or pork larb. Again it’s hotter than we expect, but that doesn’t stop me wiping the sweat off my brow and going in for more.
Blue swimmer crab omelette
Too hot in here? You’ll want to load up on the crab omelette. The pockets of blue swimmer crab flesh are a little hard to find, but we appreciate the hit of protein anyway, especially as this is one of the few dishes that don’t require crab extraction.
Steamed blue swimmer crab
Steamed blue swimmer crab is also ideal for those who prefer their chilli sauce on the side. There’s a fair amount of meat in the claws. Make sure you share those crab crackers around.
Raw blue swimmer crab
I’m all over the raw blue swimmer crab though. There’s something amazing about pulling the meat out from the claw and admiring its blue and uncooked hue.
Grilled king prawns
Grilled king prawns are a crowd pleaser, aromatic as it hits the table and easy for everyone to peel.
Prawn tom yum goong
We hoe into the tom yum goong soup with prawn…
Pad thai with king prawns
and decimate the pad thai with king prawns. This is a dish you’d happily eat on its own, with noodles that are sauced to expert sufficiency, without heading into soggy territory.
Prawn tom yum noodle soup
And if you didn’t know the Doo Dee Paidang crew are behind this joint, you’ll immediately realise it upon first taste of the tom yum noodle soup. It’s got all the spicy, sour, salty and sweet addiction of your cheap eat favourite, upsized of course.
Picture a bowl that’ll feed four people, and you’ve got some idea of how huge this serve will be.
Crab fried rice
The crab fried rice isn’t as good as the one we had at Yok Sod but it’s still tasty enough for us to order a second plate. Did I mention you should come in a group? I just did. We had a table of 11 adults that enabled us to eat through most of the menu. Go as a table of at least four people so you can plow through a variety of dishes.
Stir fried prawns with black pepper sauce
The fried rice comes in handy to soak up the black pepper sauce surrounding the stir-fried prawns. You’ll probably appreciate the handful of green beans in this dish too.
Prawns in curry sauce
The curry sauce prawns is one of the richer dishes, a dish that’s like curried scrambled eggs colliding with prawns.
Blue swimmer crabs in curry sauce
Curry sauce crab is even messier. You’ll be licking that curry sauce off every crevice of that carapace.
All you can eat crab and prawn feast
Between eleven of us we managed to polish off 29 dishes. That’s an average of 3.8 dishes per person. We haven’t lost our buffet mojo.
Mojo Bar & Restaurant
43-49 Goulburn Street, Haymarket, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 2002
Open daily 10am-2am
The all you can eat crab and prawn buffet runs for the duration of crab season. Staff have indicated the buffet should run until the end of April 2019 at least, but call ahead to check. Bookings are essential.
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