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Crustacean

9646 S. Santa Monica Blvd. (Bedford Ave.) Send to Phone
310-205-8990 | Menu
Beverly Hills hot spot with a secret kitchen to boot.
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3.5 rating over 6 reviews
Crustacean, Beverly Hills, CA

Crustacean Restaurant Review

: With a show-stopping koi-filled stream that undulates through the bar and into the two-level dining room decorated in Southeast Asian antiques, Crustacean in Beverly Hills is a modern interpretation of a Vietnamese club-restaurant during the French-Colonial period. The vibrant bar hosts live music occasionally and is packed with a glamorous mix of young --- and some who are just miraculously young looking --- customers sipping flavored martinis. Meanwhile, the Opium Cellar encompasses three rooms available for private dining and parties. Despite its hip clientele, owners Helene An and family try to make everyone feel welcome and the service is friendly and accommodating. Crustacean is known for its dishes devised from secret family recipes. (They are prepared in a separate kitchen accessed only by the family and longtime chefs who have proved their loyalty with a decade or more of service.) These signature specialties include Dungeness crab roasted in pepper-garlic sauce or simmered in saké, Chardonnay, garlic and scallions; giant grilled tiger prawns lounging on garlic noodles that have a hint of sweetness and are positively addictive; or whole Maine lobster with angel hair pasta. The menu has also been freshened up with recent additions like ginger chicken ravioli in a light porcini mushroom broth, as well as “Centennial” Wagyu beef with smoked shiitake mushrooms, grilled asparagus and mascarpone polenta, named in honor of the 100th anniversary of Beverly Hills. End on a sweet note with the strawberry parfait with jasmine sorbet, rose meringue and thyme gel.

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