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Playboy “Dish of the Month”

“The An fmaily allows only relatives in their secret ktichen when they’re preparing the roast Dungenes crab with garlic noodles at their Crustacean restaurants in Beverly Hills and San Francisco. Whatever the formula is, it works…”

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Buzz “1998 Buzz Restaurant Awards”

“Someday, when every quarter of L.A. life is in full bloom, Buzz will lay laurels at the feet of city planners, composers, philanthropists, impresarios, socialites, and acrobats. But in the meantime, we reserve our highest kudos for restaurateurs…”

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San Francisco Magazine “Harmonious Christmas”

“A holiday dinner with French-Vietnamese roots brings four generations to the table. Although some dishes, such as the escargots, are An creations, the majority are traditional, layered with symbolic meaning. A mildly sweet sticky rice dyed brilliant red is for luck. Earthy brown pressed ham touuched with cinnamon reperesents stability and depth…”

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San Franciso Chronicle “Thanh Long Is King”

“For the best crab in the city, there’s one place to go: Thanh Long. Since 1971 this Vietnamese restaurant has served thousands of crabs to happy hordes that willingly wait for their turn to dig into roast, drunken or tamarind crab…”

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The Wall Street Journal “Don

“Culinary espionage is one of the least tasteful practices in the restaurant business. And Helene An, owner of Crustacean restaurant, may have found a solution to it. Ms. An has constructed a second kitchen within her restaurant to keep the staff–or anyone else, for that matter–from stealing her prized recipes…”

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Esquire “The Best New Restaurants of 1997”

“The Ans open one of the most dazzling new restaurants in California. Everything here echoes Saigon circa 1960–an Indochina now found only in art-house movies or French-colonial novels. The An daughters, impeccable in Chanel, welcome you warmly while their mother, Helene, prepares her specialties, in a in a ‘secret kitchen,’ in accordance with traditional ideas about the healthfulness of certain combinations of food…”

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Food Arts — “Asian Matchmakers”

“Wary customers can be shown the way to ordering wine with Asian food. Just ask the can-do An family of Crustacean in Beverly Hills…The result is a menu that’s almost surreal in the complexity of its pairings…”

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