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GenSan’s twinbill diners: Grab A Crab and Coffee Club 101

Fueled by a maverick owner, a new fine-casual dining restaurant in General Santos City pulsates and invigorates the budding urban sprawl’s day and night life.  Soulful sounds, soothing lighting and   sleek leather couches spell modern glam. This is not your typical fine-casual dining restaurant -welcome to Grab A Crab. (Click on each image for a larger view please.)

Leading the dining revolution in General Santos is Michael Wee.  Grab A Crab is his first restaurant business venture and so far, business has been doing very well. Having always dreamt of opening his own restaurant where he can chill-out with friends, Wee finally decided to push through with his culinary vision.

“Grab A Crab essentially represents my passion, love for classy lifestyle,” says 41-year old Michael who also owns a construction firm. “It’s a venue where young, progressive and responsible citizens can come together and dine and hang out,” he adds.

The place is a veritable melting pot as urban professionals and coffee aficionados all meld together in pursuit of good food and great times. Opening at 11 o’clock in the morning, loyal customers come in droves to fill up the dining area just in time for lunch. Dinner time is no exception either, as Grab A Crab will be at its peak operating capacity all through the wee hours of the morning, usually closing at 2 am.

“We are jam-packed on weekends! We offer  palatable  gourmet fare, all-time Filipino favorites and noodles,” enthuses Michael Wee. The restaurant also offers vegetables and rice, its ubiquitous crab dishes, grilled specialties and Chinese cuisine. Even after a hearty dinner, Grab A Crab gives one a reason to stay until the late evening.

Nearby is Coffee Club 101, a coffee shop which serves not only aromatic coffee but it offers  two computers and a mini- library where you can do your homework after a sumptuous lunch or dinner.

Other than their own coffee concoctions, Coffee Club 101 also offer smoothies, cold blends, sandwiches and pasta delights.   For the sweet tooth, there’s their pastries and home-baked cookies and mini-cakes.

Classy interiors, superb music, excellent service and great crowd aside, Grab A Crab’s real star is its delicious food.  Their menu is well thought of, thus offering dishes that are imaginative and scintillatingly mouth-watering. The creativity in the kitchen does not end with its fantastic set fare as new standards in cosmopolitan dining are also in store for the resto’s guests.

“Basically, it means that aside from the items offered in the menu, we can prepare whatever dish you crave for, as long as we have the ingredients in our kitchen,” explains Michael.

Grab A Crab bestsellers and specialties include, for appetizers, the Sliced Marinated Beef Kimchi and the Sharksfin Supreme Soup or the Fishlip and Sea Cucumber Soup.

Being the Tuna Capital, any visitor to the city should try the Grilled Tuna marinated in Grab A Crab special sauce.

Michael also suggests the Crab by the Bucket Big ( 4 pcs of 400 grams crab served with soup of the day and plain rice  for P850) where the crab  is de-boned and covered in breading infused with different spices to enhance the flavor.

Bariles Republic’s favorite however is the Grab A Crab Rice which is a complete meal in itself.

Other menu items that come highly recommended are the ever-present San Francisco ‘s Wharf  Spicy Salt and Pepper ( deep marinated in herbs and spices).

For diehard seafood lovers, the Pampano Sea Bass is highly recommended, along with the Sea Asparagus with 3 Kinds Mushroom.

Whew!  And that’s not even a fourth of their menu.  To all of that, Bariles Republic can only toast a glass of Grab A Crab’s Margarita and say, “CHEERS!”

– by guest writer, Ayo Gunting

Grab a Crab is located at Laurel East Avenue . For reservations , please call (083) 553-5430, 553-4878, 301-0555 (look for Arnie or Rick) OR email them at  Rooms are available at the 2nd floor for PRIVATE FUNCTIONS.

Grab A Crab and Coffee Club 101 are proud sponsors of the 2nd Mindanao Bloggers Summit.

About Avel Manansala

Avel Manansala aka Bariles, is a native of a bustling city down south of Mindanao Island. He is a consultant on Blogging, Social Media, and Marketing . He is co-founder and head of the SoCCSkSarGen Bloggers and manager of Google Business Group (GBG)- General Santos. You may add him to your circles on G+ - If you need more info on any of these fields, please leave him a message.

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  2. Pacnoy says:

    wow!..gutom tuloy ako!…mgkano ba budget kung magsolo ako..hekhekhek..tipid !

  3. wow gwapuha ,, dri oi… sosyal kau ang sulod..hahha

  4. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By Pacnoy
    wow!..gutom tuloy ako!…mgkano ba budget kung magsolo ako..hekhekhek..tipid !

    I think P300 for one person is good enough. 🙂

  5. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By jinky borela
    wow! nakakagutom! nice shots, sir vel. . . .

    Yeah, gensan is lucky enough to have a resto like Grab a Crab and a coffee shop like Coffee Club 101. A place where we can bring our families, friends and VIP guests. Almost all of our senior officials who have visited gensan had dined out there. . . with the same comments. . . cozy place, nice ambience . . .

    You should also try sir vel their minced meat with cruchy noodles wrapped in lettuce. . . it’s my favorite. . .aside from the capuccino and their heavenly blueberry cheesecake – – –

    I’ll e-mail your article to guests I have been there with. . .

    Jinky, I finally tried it and kept coming back to order it again. Sarap nga ng minced meat! Heaven! Crunchy rin ang lettuce nila! 🙂

  6. bariles says:

    Originally Posted By aab
    who do you think owns the place? Thanks

    Manang, the owner’s name is mentioned in the earlier part of the article – Michael Wee. 🙂

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  12. Jordan Ray Quinco says:

    astig talaga tong grab a crab… whenever i get to be with my friends.. we usually grab a coffee or smoothie here in coffee club 101… astig dito… hehehe…

  13. Hi Bariles, thanks for featuring Grab A Crab, as Michael Wee is a good friend and college classmate of mine. Just want to add info that most of the photos and food shots were taken by my partner, Rhonson Ng (

    We did the pictorial shoot of Grab a Crab and Coffee Club 101 advertising for a day, but we stayed overnight in GenSan. I also featured it in Mabuhay Magazine with same photos. It’s my favorite place. 🙂

    And since you are an avid General, as you call yourselves, it might cheer you to know I am featuring GenSan again in June issue of Mabuhay. 🙂

    Jojie Alcantara

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  17. Mark says:

    Hi! Sir’ Michael Wee , and Sir Ric. galing nang mga worker nyo , makikita mo talaga ang team work ! si mark pala to ang On call nyo!hihihihihihihihihi : ) how nice talaga ang grab a crab at coffee 101!!!!!! keep up the good work! : ) i hope i will be a regular worker in your restaurant hihihihihihihihihi!!!! im still hopping !!!!!1..

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  26. Mark says:

    I had been here once pa lang wd our beloved doctors from US arrival and office mate for a dinner..lahat ng the best menus gi-order namin..hehe..busog talaga and sarap foodz nila d2.. very cozy and nice ambiance d2..Hope to have Starbucks here in Gensan para sosyal na Cinnabon nd Krispy Kreme store here….I love their cinnamons nd doughnuts..hehe

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