Under Bridge Spicy Crab, G/F, Shop 1-2, 414-424 Jaffe Rd., Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Nearest Train:Causeway Bay
Opening Hours:daily 6pm-5am
Reviewed In:May, 2013
It might be more a tourists’ stop than a local haunt, but Under Bridge still serves some damn fine seafood. We brought some out-of-towners to this multi-chain resto for dinner one night, and were promptly escorted to a third-floor corridor that was lined with white-cloth-topped tables. The venue is relatively clean and spacious, and with enough Chinese-y decor (red, gold touches) to give diners a sufficiently “localized” experience. We wasted no time in ordering the signature Under Bridge Spicy Crab (the Vietnamese variety, at the medium spicy level)—and when the bright red, large-clawed crustacean came to our table drenched in deep-fried garlic chips, we grabbed those crab crackers and started working on the shells in no time. The crab’s exoskeleton was thick and hard to crack through, but this just meant we were that much happier when we finally got to taste the sweet, easily shredded flesh. We also had an order of steamed razor clams (topped with steamed garlic), which were deliciously chewy and perfectly balanced with the soy sauce and rice vermicelli. The black bean sauce fried clams were another hit, as we lapped up the bivalves like addictive can’t-eat-just-one potato chips. The mantis shrimp, which we always think are overpriced, nevertheless delivered what they promised: dense and compact slivers of meat with periodic explosions of garlic-infused flavor (yes, we got this dish topped with garlic chips too—we love garlic, in case you haven’t noticed.) Here’s to another awesome night at Under Bridge.
Second location: 421-425 Lockhart Rd., Wan Chai, 2834-6818.