July 19, 2011

PPQ Dungeness Island

Wear your bib, and let's get crackin'!
The Dungeness crab is, named after the port of Dungeness, Washington, was the first shellfish to be harvested commercially from the North Pacific Coast.  With a wide, hard shell and five pairs of legs, this crustacean has a good amount of meat, and the meat has a slightly sweet flavor.  The Dungeness crab was also the first meal I ate in SF.  And what a I mighty fine meal it was.

Our group of four decided to order the "Dinner for Two" with an extra crab and an extra order of noodles.  Fattylicious. (~$40/person + tax/tip).

Imperial Rolls
For deep fried rolls stuffed with pork and veggies, the amount of oil squirting all over the place was minimal.  Win.

Infamous Garlic Noodles
 Ah, yes.  And the infamous garlic noodles that everyone always raves about.  Was it worth all the hype?  Let's just say, if you love garlic and you love noodles, you will worship this little dish.  Also, two orders is way more than enough for four people, but like how most selfish and hungry foodies think, having more than enough is better!  (not really).  You can always pack leftovers home.

Spicy Crab - MP
The spicy crab was just "ok."  While the spices were fine, I wasn't a fan of it being fried.  I think next time, I'd opt for the Peppercorn crab instead.  However, the crab experience was not entirely lost because of this creature...

Garlic Roasted Crab - MP
While the amount of meat is comparable to the Spicy Crab, the Roasted Crab was far more succulent.  With garlicky juice sitting at the bottom of the bowl, how can it not?  Excellent, indeed.

Unfortunately, the meal did not end in excellence.  Whether the fried banana tasted particularly funny or the whole concept failed, it is unclear.  The only thing cleaned from this plate was the mango ice cream.

But reflecting back on the roasted crab and noodles: I would go back in a heartbeat!

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cuisine: Vietnamese
location: Outer Richmond
hours: Mon, Wed-Sun: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
website: { yelp }
attire: Casual
parking: street
notes: Make reservations.  As with most places in SF, good luck finding parking!