- lipoff Jul 18, 2008 07:59 AM
A friend of mine really likes softshell crabs. Having never partaken of this delicacy, I am at a loss. I have heard good things about their preparation at Casablanca, and have once seen soft shell crabs at Fuloon, but I would be very happy to receive additional recommendations, especially for recently consumed preparations at relatively upscale (or very upscale) settings.
For a relatively upscale setting, you could try Rendezvous which has it on the current menu. I have to confess being underwhelmed on my most recent visit (a business meal), primarily with service, but the softshell app was excellent and seafood is a strength of theirs. Another hound had a much more positive experience.
Last year, I was in the same position as you, having never tried softshell crabs. So, I opted for Neptune Oyster figuring if anyone would do them right, they would. They had them as a special on the menu, so you may want to call and check. Also, as I was walking by LTK the other day, I noticed someone being served a really delicious looking fried softshell crab sandwich.
I actually had some very good soft shell crabs at Montien, the Thai place in the theatre district. It was quite good and different (I'm used to a very basic pan or deep fried preparation). The portion was huge.
I had some scrumptious small soft shell crabs stir fried with chopped vegetables at a downscale place last week--Xinh Xinh in Chinatown.
as an fyi -- most asian places serve frozen softshells, which are available year-round. (spider maki, anybody?) however, i don't think most folks can tell the difference.
clio usually does them in season in a corn and bacon sauce which is killer.
I also had a really good version of the S&P soft shell crab at East Chinatown in Quincy. Comparable to Peach Farm in Chinatown.