Typhoon is located at the Santa Monica Airport.
The only thing weirder than its location is its specialty -- bugs. Yes, you read that right. Bugs. And, really, that's the only reason to come here. To say that you conquered the bugs.
The place is a nightmare for photo-hungry bloggers. Cheesy hotel-bar-like ambience! The worst lighting imaginable! It wasn't just dim. The room had a scary red glow. Total bloody murder for photos.
insomniac and I were dining in the Third Circle of Hell. With a stupid frosted glass take-out box votive candle holder.
But, again, we were there for one thing. Bugs or bust.
I attempted to whet my appetite with a St. Elmo's Fire ($9).
My hairdryer has higher voltage than this weak-ass drink.
We frowned when our server informed us the restaurant was out of the Chambai ants ($10). Damn it. I was all ready to make a stupid ants in my pants joke. Curses! Foiled! But we did our best to eat all the other creepy-crawlies available.
Taiwanese crickets stir-fried with garlic, chili pepper, and basil ($10).
A crunchy oily mess. It didn't taste like anything at all. It just tasted like...crunchy. I doused mine with the Sriracha provided. Then it just tasted like...Sriracha.
Totally unimpressed. So unimpressed that I felt compelled to pose two crickets on my plate and pretend they were in love for my own amusement. Then I ate them. Crunch crunch.
Singapore-style scorpions on shrimp toast ($11).
A crunchy oily mess. Again. The scorpions themselves were tasteless, and the shrimp toast wasn't much better. Nevertheless, it was kind of fun eating these. I mean, look at them. They're scorpions.
Deep-fried Thai-style white sea worms on baby lettuce with basil, chili pepper, peanuts, lime, and a tamarind dipping sauce ($9).
A crunchy oily mess. Is this all the kitchen can do? I'm serious. And really salty. Much too salty. The funny part about my eating these worms is that they weren't even new to me. When the dish arrived, I was whisked back to my childhood. My mom always told me these were "tiny fish." And I believed her. What a sucker.
Deep-fried Thai-style frog legs with cilantro sauce ($11).
A crunchy oily mess. Yeah, it's Groundhog Day in this post. Since we couldn't eat the ants, we decided to get a non-insect dish, and the frog legs seemed like a good idea. Probably the best thing of the night. That's not saying much.
If it wasn't clear already, nothing was very tasty at all.
But it did make for a fun bill.