I find is is a pretty standard desert, and as long as they get it "right" there isn't a whole lot of variance... I mean it's just cream... it's not 1/10th as exotic as people think, you can make it yourself easily :)
Must agree that many chefs manage to screw up the simple things... maybe because it's so simple they don't think they have pay attention to the cooking of it. Starfish's brulee is the best I've tasted, simple,balanced and perfectly cooked .Although that was many moons ago.
Two years ago Crush had what my girlfriend and myself thought was the best creme brulee in Toronto. Since changing the executive chef and the menu we haven't been back yet to see if it's still that good.