Hailed as the nations best new restaurant by Esquire Magazine when it opened in January 1997, Crustacean Beverly Hills has been lauded ever since by ... More
Hailed as the nations best new restaurant by Esquire Magazine when it opened in January 1997, Crustacean Beverly Hills has been lauded ever since by the press worldwide for its' awarding winning Euro-Vietnamese design featuring the now famous "Walk on Water" entrance - a serpentine aquarium that winds through the cocktail lounge of the restaurant, guiding guests to the French Colonial splendor of the main dining room. Daughter Elizabeth An's interior design, a recreation of her grand-parents French Colonial estate in Hanoi, has been the focus of articles in USA Today, InStyle, E, Style Channel, and CNN. The family's Secret Kitchen and cuisine has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, the French newspaper, Le Figaro, Wine Spectator, Food and Wine, Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines.
I just love the food they serve at this place! I am a very picky person, especially when it comes to food, service, ambiance and prices. Although at bit pricey, it is well worth it. I try to make it in for the garlic crab and garlic noodles at least 3 times a month. Crustacean gets a 5 stars from me!
SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!! VIETNAMESE FOOD SHOULD NOT COST THIS MUCH!!! It's not even close to being authentic. Garlic noodles? Lemme tell you --- if I took my Momma here to grub --- I'd be disowned.
The crab? Being the sister restaurant to Thanh Long --- let's just say --- this stuff is what fiction is made of.
SO NOT TRUE and IN YOUR DREAMS... fun to entertain the thought of it being somewhat decent --- but when the reality check comes, you're gonna find out you're BROKE. For not better reason than you've been SERVED a really great bunch of wannabe foodies attempt at writing lame ass reviews about food I grew up on... that SHOULD NOT COST THIS MUCH!!!
Now about the service...
It felt like a typical fusion restaurant in Vegas (in not a good way). When we walked in, the staff gave us a look, and told us there's a dress code (which wasn't even mentioned in the menu). The sauce on the Pan Roasted Halibut was too salty. Ravioli wasn't bad at all, but they didn't serve it with any bread - I had to order a side of garlic bread. Granted I did not have their famous crab (because crab was not in-season), this restaurant is overrated and overpriced. If they were 30% cheaper, I would give it 4 stars. They should stop pretending to be a high-brow gourmet restaurant and adopt more family friendly atmosphere.
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