Typhoon Restaurant - Best To Cook Your Own Bugs
By TymberlinMy boyfriend and I were bug-eating virgins until recently
when we dined at the overpriced UNDERinfested bug joint you all
know as the Typhoon Restaurant in Santa Monica.
The most alternative activity my boyfriend had engaged in up to this
point in his 30-year-life was picking his nose and sticking his
treasures(hairs included) on the walls.
I'm a different story. It wasn't too big a surprise that I desired a
faceful of ants or white worms or what have you.
Inside the restaurant it was cozy and dark... Pretty spacious too.
The waiter guys were as nice as your average waiter guys get.
They weren't going to win any popularity contest or anything,
but service was pleasant enough. Although other patrons have decribed
the ant dish as having an "indescribable aftertaste", all we tasted
was a tangy blackened pile of shredded oil-DRENCHED shredded potato
strips. You had to dig to the bottom to reach 50% of the crispy ants.
If I had gotten out my torch to find the nearest ant hill and one
potato, I might have saved myself $5.75. This dish costs you $6.00.
Nuts. The seaworms tasted no different than a milder version
of baby anchovies, and again, you were lost in a tan nebula
of artery-clogging potato shreds overshadowing the basic flavor
of the bugs. Meanwhile, the Scorpion dish was a cowardly
admixure of 70% toast and 30% scorpion buried almost
completely out of the tastebuds' reach.
The damn stuff tasted like, well, toast... even when straining
your imagination! We each received two meagerly 3" by 3" pieces
of scorpion toast. I will say this, the crickets were actually
worth half their cost. They had a definite flavor which is
INDESCRIBABLE(At least to us). They did taste a little nutty
and were pretty ok. Unfortunately, the unique flavor of the crickets
was dulled somewhat by the invasive relentless
uniformity of the chef's obssesively ubiqutous fried potatoes strips.
Our three dishes all cost us $6.00 a piece. Not worth it even for
novelty's sake. Our advice:take your picnic basket and blankie and
shovel to the park (except for scorpions) and break out the charcoal.
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