Crustacean San Francisco is the first of the upscale “Crustacean” restaurants by House of An which operates several restaurants and a catering company all featuring the Euro-Asian fusion cuisine of Master Chef Helene “Mama” An. The company is run by the close-knit members of the An family, which includes Helene’s five daughters. House of An began with Thanh Long in San Francisco, which opened in 1971, bringing us Euro-Vietnamese food. When Crustacean San Francisco opened, in 1991, the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper called it the first Asian fusion restaurant, and dubbed Helene An the “Mother of Fusion.”
Chef Helene’s imaginative cooking techniques and creative use of immunity-enhancing herbs and spices flourish into healthy, flavorful dishes. Helene’s garlic noodles are still her bestseller at the Crustacean restaurants. Esquire wrote, “And beware—the whole roasted Dungeness crab and garlic noodles could make you cry.”
The secret kitchen is a fascinating element of Master Chef Helene An’s culinary legacy and the an family’s success story. It refers to a completely concealed kitchen within the main kitchen, off limits to all employees except the an family and chefs with An’s famous dishes such as Whole Roasted Dungeness Crab, Garlic Noodles & Charbroiled Colossal Royal Tiger Prawns. We also feature an extensive wine list to accompany your meal.
We look forward to seeing you at Crustacean San Francisco.