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Jun 11, 2008 05:02 PM

Bamboo on Venice Blvd in Culver City

The sign advertising soft shell crabs drew me in last night for dinner at Bamboo in Culver City. The menu has some Brazilian stuff, some Jamaican stuff, and some other Carribbean stuff. That's a bit schizophrenic, but not enough that it seems to screw them up. The soft shell crabs I had were sauteed really well -- there was just enough crunch on the crab without scorching it. The black beans and plaintains were nice on the side, but I ignored the rice, which was pretty bland. My wife's mussels and shrimp were great, too. Service was good and the price seemed about right ($30 per person, but keep in mind that I ordered the most expensive thing on the menu.) We'll probably go back at some point because we frequently find ourselves hungry and driving on Venice Blvd. Though, there are so many good options in that stretch of Venice Blvd that there is plenty of competition...

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  1. Yum. Thanks for the review.

      1. I work nearby and used to go ofen for work lunches. It seems to have fallen out of our rotation but whenever we went I always ordered the swordfish in the carribbean tomato sauce. It is so good. I am craving it actually!

        1. Yeah, this is one of our regular lunch spots at work, and I never get sick of it. I love the black pepper salmon or chicken, mango chicken, and the aforementioned swordfish. Their soups are also really good, especially the corn chowder. It's not heavy like most corn chowders. They must use milk instead of cream. I also can't complain about the $6 cocktails (not whilst working, of course).