By the way, I had a pretty good non-Asian prep at McCormick and Schmick's a couple of weeks ago. Great caper and lemon sauce, but as with other non-Asian preps I was not pleased by the lack of a really crispy outer shell. I guess I just prefer my SS crab deep fried ;)
Second thumbs up for Rendezvous. My DC loved his softshell crab app last night, and raved in particular about the light, thin breading. (Everything else we had was superb too -- lobster gnocchi starter, and braised rabbit to die for.)
I wouldn't call it a perfect dish -- the crab sat on a kind of crouton that was unpleasantly soaked with what tasted like butter -- but it was definitely cooked lightly enough to preserve some good crisp texture.
First-rate review of the spot, by the way. Not just the lovely food descriptions, but in the pitch-perfect analysis of its place in the local dine-o-sphere. It's refreshing to see a food writer rooting for a place without devolving into fawning praise. Good balancing act.
Great Bay has a soft shell crab dish. Lovely presentation, but the shell was oddly chewy (like they grabbed it a bit too late after molting)-: At $28 for a soft shell crab, I'd take the asian style any day though ;-)