looking for "grey shrimp" or crevettes gris
I'm wondering if anyone knows what I'm talking about. I've had those in France. They're very small and are usually eaten whole from what I remember.
Has anyone seen those in LA?
I've also attached a photo.
I recently had a bowl full of tiny shrimp at a Voda Spa in West Hollywood. They were listed on the menu as Krivetki. It was a great bowl (30+ shrimp probably) for $10. A steal of a deal in a very upscale spa. The restaurant section is open I believe to non-spa customers, but be prepared for half soaked people dining in bathrobes.
The shrimp themselves were small enough to pop whole if you didn't want to pull them apart. Great flavor, the 'sauce' mentioned in the link below is not anything other than a little residual broth at the bottom of the bowl.
I'm guessing if these are similar to what you are looking for, then you might be able to find them in some of the small Russian food shops that line that section of Santa Monica Blvd.
Nice to see some activity on this thread. I've moved to NYC in the meantime but haven't seen them here either. I did hear about a Belgian restaurant that makes some kind of fried shrimp ball out of them but I'd rather buy them myself.
@Clarkafella how big are the brown shrimp? crevette gris are pretty small and I like to simply pan fry them with garlic and eat them whole.
I grew up on them in Normandy and have never found them in LA. I think they are only fished in the English Channel and the North Sea, so the likelihood of getting them in Los Angeles is slim. But I'm no marine biologist, so if someone else can contradict me and indicate a spot to find them, I'd be happy. If you go back to France, try to eat them peeled and piled up on a slice of "pain de campagne" with salted butter.