Crustacean Las Vegas & Prana Lounge
recent trip to Las Vegas awarded me the exciting opportunity
of visiting the newest addition to one of my favorite restaurants
here in Los Angeles. Crustacean Las Vegas and Prana
Lounge follow in the tradition of The An familys
world renowned group of restaurants including their hailed
Crustacean in Beverly Hills, California.
Crustacean Las Vegas is located in Desert Passage, an extension
of The Aladdin Hotel & Casino. When I arrived at the
restaurant, I immediately noticed an apparent difference
of atmosphere between Crustacean Beverly Hills and that
of their Las Vegas establishment. The An family successfully
replicated the French Colonial Vietnamese design of their
other establishments, while still capturing nightlife energy
of Las Vegas.
restaurant and lounge glows with seductive hues of ruby
and gold, anchored with the dark richness of bamboo, setting
a very loungy vibe to the atmosphere. I knew that this meal
was going to be nothing short of a two hour plus dining
My friends and I settled into our circular booth, situated
just slightly above the bamboo dance floor where a three
man band pumped out rhythmic beats. There were curtains
pulled back on each side of our booth that provided privacy
and seclusion if need be. Unfortunately, I was with girlfriends
and had no use for such a feature.
One would only have to take a swift glance around the restaurant
to notice the overwhelming attention to detail that principal
and CEO Elizabeth An paid close mind to
while designing her Las Vegas location.
The walls are covered with custom made silk fabric and
hand painted by young artists that Elizabeth hand picked
herself. Everything from the lamps to the tables to the
doors are all antique artifacts hand picked by Elizabeth
and acquired from the four corners of the world. In the
restrooms you will hand painted screens acting as bathroom
stall doors. In Crustacean Las Vegas & Prana Lounge,
every aspect of the restaurant is in harmony with the laws
of feng shui and water features have been placed throughout.
Crustacean Las Vegas & Prana Lounge was described by
Las Vegas Magazine as the Guggenheim with a kithen.
A large circular opening above the dance floor connects
this bi-level restaurant and lounge where guests relaxing
upstairs in the Prana Lounge can still enjoy the excitement
going on downstairs. The Lounge is host to five antique
opium and marriage beds dating back to the Ming Dynasty.
Our meal was nothing short of amazing. Executive Chef Helene
An has successfully duplicated her illustrious menu at her
Las Vegas location, while managing to add some new and exciting
dishes. Some of the recognizable menu items were the Chilean
Seabass, Garlic Noodles with Tiger Prawns, and Shaken Beef.
Notable additions to the Las Vegas menu included the Whole
Roasted Baby Chicken (marinated in lemon-lemongrass-mint
and ginger) and the Lotus Chicken Salad.We began our meal
with a four appetizers - two of which I had not yet had
the pleasure of trying. The lobster tempura roll and the
lobster mango spring rolls were two very different appetizers
and were evenly wonderful in their taste. We also ordered
their Dungeness Crab Puffs and Ahi Carpaccio, as I could
vouch for from experience.
For the main course, I longed to be adventurous and try
something new; however, I couldnt stray from my absolute
favorite dish the famous Crustacean Roasted Crab.
I can agree with Leonardo Di Caprio when he was quoted as
saying, I crave the Roasted Crab weekly! Served
out of the shell, Chef Helene An prepares this dish just
a her father had for many years. Helene uses Crustaceans
famous garlic sauce as well as brilliant (and very secretive)
combination of herbs and spices that deliver a very balanced
and incomparable flavor.
I decided to top off my Roasted Crab with another one the
the An Familys famous dishes the Garlic Noodles.
Using the same secret garlic sauce, these noodles have long
been a favorite to Crustacean diners.
A vegetarian confidant present at the table enjoyed the
Roasted Baby Beets, Grapefruit, and Arugula Salad with Blood
Orange Vinaigrette and the Asian Vegetable Saute.
After a long pause following our meal, we were able to indulge
ourselves in a few bites of the Marscapone Mousse
Pear and Apple Napoleon with Apple Carmel Sauce, Fillo Crisps
and Cinnamon Ice Cream and the Chocolate Lava Cake with
Crème Anglaise, Raspberry Coulis and Vanilla Ice
Cream. A perfect way to complete an already fabulous culinary
All dinner guests left equally as amazed and delighted
with their experience in Crustacean Las Vegas and Prana