In the early years…
Our story begins in Indochina, a land of beauty, elegance and glamour. This was the world in which Helene An spent a noble childhood within the Vietnamese Royal Court. Helene’s great-grandfather the Emperor’s Royal Representative of Tonkin, Vietnam, and her father regularly entertained dignitaries from around the world. Opulent dinners were prepared by the family’s three chefs, Vietnamese, Chinese and French. As a young girl, Helene already had a passion for the culinary arts. Many hours were spent watching the chefs at work in the kitchen so that by a very early age, she’d learned how to create menus, manage a kitchen, and entertain in a style spectacular in its simplicity and elegance.
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.