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Asian-Style Crab in SF?

kumarc Jan 3, 2008 10:15 AM

Since it's crab season, I was looking for tips on good places to eat crab in SF (preferably near financial district/downtown, but if it's really good, I can go further). But, I was hoping for recommendations more on the Asian (Southeast and South, included) style.

I just got back from Singapore where I had some unbelievable crab prepared in a variety of ways... black pepper, white pepper, etc.

I've had the crab at Kim Thanh on Geary a few years ago, which I seem to recall being quite good...


  1. daveena Jan 3, 2008 10:19 AM

    I love the roasted crab at La Vie in the Richmond - here's my report (with lots of helpful parking hints from other posters)


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      ML8000 Jan 3, 2008 10:26 AM


      PPQ Dungeness Island
      2332 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94121

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      1. re: ML8000
        DezzerSF Jan 3, 2008 05:42 PM

        Second on PPQ. Thumbs down for Thanh Long.

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        ML8000 Jan 3, 2008 10:27 AM

        Yuet Lee

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          jhirshon Jan 3, 2008 12:31 PM

          There's always the old standby, Crustacean - which is near where you asked for on Van Ness and California - the black pepper crab is exceptional, as are the garlic noodles. Drunken crab is also excellent.

          Do NOT order anything else off the menu, as I have found most everything else mediocre and/or overpriced - they also require a collared shirt, so be aware of that when you go.

          Cheers, JH

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          1. re: jhirshon
            wally Jan 3, 2008 12:33 PM

            And no jeans, or so I was told a few years back.

            1. re: wally
              waldrons Jan 4, 2008 12:05 AM

              Jeans are ok (as are tennis shoes), but no athletic wear -- t-shirts, track suits, baseball caps, etc.


            2. re: jhirshon
              Ruth Lafler Jan 3, 2008 02:39 PM

              My great-aunt loves Crustacean, so I've been there a couple of times, but I would never choose to go there. I wasn't that impressed by the crab, and I thought the garlic noodles were overly greasy. Yeah, I know they're supposed to have lots of butter and garlic, but these were past even my high-grease threshold (maybe because they weren't hot enough). The rest of the food is beyond mediocre -- in two meals there I can only remember one dish I liked: the banh xeo (Vietnamese crepe/pancake) was surprisingly good.

              1. re: jhirshon
                ZerlinaVania Jan 3, 2008 05:21 PM

                Crustacean is good, but I much prefer Thanh Long in the (way) Outer Sunset. Thanh Long is owned by the same family but opened first. I don't know what it is, but I really liked the garlic noodles there better. The tamarind crab is so good.

              2. susancinsf Jan 3, 2008 06:20 PM

                not downtown, but in my nieghborhood I am partial to Lotus Garden for crab...they have a crab tank....

                Lotus Garden
                3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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                  waldrons Jan 4, 2008 12:06 AM

                  People love the deep-fried crab at R&G Lounge (Kearny, in Chinatown).


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                    walker Jan 4, 2008 10:02 AM

                    I tried PPQ for the first time Dec 27 and my friend and I only thought it was ok, we'd not go back. The crab itself seemed to be flavorless. Garlic noodles were great and the place was packed with people. I haven't tried La Vie, love R & G, used to like Thanh Long but it's very expensive.

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                      elainew Jan 4, 2008 02:36 PM

                      New Hoi Fai in Milbrae does a great cold crab and I think it was only $13, a great deal. I think you might have to ahead to order it though.

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                        pumakat Jan 4, 2008 03:08 PM

                        my favorite is the salt & pepper crab at R&G Lounge on Kearny. It's delicious and very authentic, as I was just in Hong Kong last year and it was the closest thing I can find.

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