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Asian-Style Crab in SF?

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...

Thanks!

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

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/472302

    1. PPQ

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

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      1. re: ML8000

        Second on PPQ. Thumbs down for Thanh Long.

        1. 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

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

            1. re: wally

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

              Susan

            2. re: jhirshon

              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

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

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                Lotus Garden
                3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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

                  Susan

                  1. 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.

                    1. 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.

                      1. 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.