This restaurant is "Tanh Long", in Sunset Area, San Francisco. We have know this restaurant famous for "Garlic Roast Crab". Since we both felt like eating a crab, we decided to try that restaurant again. This is different type of crab cooking from what I talked in my previous post "Delicacies in Fisherman's Wharf". Instead most of crabs were simply boiled in sea water in Fisherman's Wharf restaurants, this restaurant roast whole crab with lots of garlics and oils.
I am not sure if it is healthy, but it tastes great. That's why people keep coming despite a high end pricing on the menu. This restaurant is located on the corner between Judah and 47th street, downtown San Francisco. Outside does not look like expensive restaurant, but inside is not so bad. I know this was original restaurant of 2 successful restaurants in San Francisco, opened by a Vietnamese Gentleman. I could not taste anything similar in Vietnam. Maybe, it is Vietnamese food made in San Francisco. Benihana style is not exactly made in Japan, anyways. So, it may be the same kind of story.
We ordered the "Roast Crab", "Tiger Prawn", and "Garlic Noodle". Eating this crab, you cannot do anything other than keep eating and finish the crab, since your hands will be full of garlic, oil, crab meats, crab shells. You cannot even pick up silvers or glasses. We spend there like 2 and half hours. Long dinner, not so much conversation, but we enjoyed our crab a lot. In Japanese sales, people say if you need to dine with a difficult customer, you should take him to a crab restaurant. He could be quiet because he was busy eating the crab. I think it is true.
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