On Saturday night, I tried Kanimura Crab Restaurant in Little Tokyo. They specialize in "delicious crab dishes," and serve just that--delicious crab cooked four different ways. You can choose between Shabu-shabu style crab, spicy pepper crab, garlic butter crab, or plain steamed crab. They dishes come either small, medium or large, and the medium was plenty for two. We had the spicy pepper crab, which was as described--in a mildly hot and sweet pepper sauce. The crab comes pre-cracked on a big platter, with some seaweed salad & potato salad. You also get a small salad with an overly sweet dressing & some freshly boiled edamame to start. It was pretty messy but very fun eating.
They had a few other daily specials besides the crab 4 ways, such as eel & a little sashimi. And soft-shell crab.
The chef came out while we were eating & said they'd been open 6 months. They used to be open for lunch & dinner, but for now it's dinner only.
It's a small, brightly-lit restaurant, with friendly service. Beer, wine, sake & soju too.
Dinners cost $35 for two (or $50 for the shabu-shabu style crab).
Kanimura Crab Restaurant
456 E. Second Street (same mini-mall as Sushi Gen)