Ben one of the owners gave a few recommendations and yes he was on point! The cabbage and celery salad was tasty with the beer we had. Delicious beer and u can't remember the name, there's one on the menu. Egg rolls were crisp and hot/warm - perfect. That was our first order..... So we did a couple of rounds... this is a place where you have to walk up to the counter and order, grab a table and the food floats to your table. Yumi, and the other folks gently and kindly bring the food... and clean your table for more food to come. Our second round we ordered mains.... sweet and sour chicken, Kung pow (sp?) beef broccoli (mushrooms), and jade rice! We all clamored for the s/s chicken! Beef broccoli was my fave because it had lots of mushrooms and broccoli... the other KP chicken had the perfect heat. The jade rice I could eat by itself.... so good! Our 3rd round was a round of beers and the ice cream dessert that had the best buttery cookie I've ever had. Needless to say we are coming back for fantastic Chinese food that doesn't leave you feeling greasy afterwards.... floating out of the restaurant we waved goodbye to the staff and owner... great place to be!
Pros: Amazing decor! Cool blend of mid century modern and Asian influences. Not super spacious but it's a great place for probably no more than four people, a group of six is pushing it. Service- very fast and attentive! Great conversationalist and engaging wait staff. The food is decent. Many who are Richmond raised would recommend other places for authentic Chinese that isn't as pricey. That being said, cons: The price. Yikes. You really are paying for the experience/ambiance versus the food. Not to say it was horrible, but the flavors don't justify the price. It competes in an area that's rich with authentic Asian cuisine at half the price. It competes with places with Asian aunties not giving you small talk when you order, cheap linen napkins, worn-out seats lol but the food is perfect, and it hits home. Also, the wait time for food- though it was opening night so I'm sure this will improve soon. -- Would definitely come back if I was like, "I'm in the mood to splurge for 'elevated' swanky Chinese food, let's go!"
I have a soft spot for American Chinese and had high hopes for this place but think it ultimately sufffers from being in this neighbourhood. It's not that it isn't good - but there are a lot of better, much cheaper places around and I would have a hard time recommending someone come out here and go here instead of all the other options. And for causal takeout it is also priced too high especially given the other options. One vegetarian dish plus rice came out to $20 - way too much for what it is. However, it was very busy and seems to fill a demand. And the food is definitely not bad - above average for American Chinese. If I lived downtown or in the Mission and it was local I'd probably rate it 4 stars. There's just way too much competition around here. But if you're in the area and can afford it, it might be worth trying it once and deciding if you like it.
Date & Time: Thursday January 16, 2020 @ 5:30pm Rating: 4.5 Stars Dinner Date: The Husband Scene: Packed w/ Couples, Groups & Young Families in Moncler Jackets, Sweater Dresses & Hunter Boots Music: Sexy Beats Decor: Enter this Cute, Contemporary & Casual Eatery, Order @ The Counter & Sit @ The Counter OverLooking Clement St., Bench Banquette or Booth Service: Like a Model Casting Call for Hot Young Things w/ Killer Smiles Imbibe: Soda Snow Tea Devour: Crispy Cabbage Salad, Sweet & Sour Chicken Comparable to Hakkasan's & Chop Suey Sundae Total: $68.63 Note: Brought you by Mr. Jiu's & Moongate Lounge
3.5 Stars The opening of Mamahuhu is one of the most anticipated openings in 2020, and definitely on the radar of many San Francisco foodies. It's the casual spinoff off Brandon Jew's immensely popular Michelin-starred restaurant, Mister Jiu's. I've been to Mister Jiu's several times, so like so many others, I too have been looking forward to this new opening. Caviar allowed me to preview the food in advance, without standing in what will inevitably be crazy long lines for many months to follow. The menu is currently very limited. I sampled everything on the menu, except the Cultivated Mushrooms. You can choose from Sweet and Sour Chicken, Mushroom Mapo Tofu, Jade Fried Rice, Cultivated Mushrooms and Jasmine Rice. ***Incorrect Order*** There's nothing like that huge disappointment when you first discover your order got screwed up. They mistakenly left out the Mushroom Mapo Tofu and gave me two orders of Sweet and Sour Chicken instead. I ordered each of the entrees because I wanted to try all of them. I realize this a new operation for them, but this isn't their first rodeo in the restaurant biz. Why didn't someone double-check these orders? To their credit, they re-made the entire order, and I had so much food leftover that I ended up giving it away the next day. For this, I'm rounding up from 3.5 stars to 4 stars. Still, that came with the additional wait time, and I ended up eating the missing Mapo Tofu separately after finishing everything else. ***Sweet and Sour Chicken $17.00*** This arrived with the deep-fried battered chicken completely soggy and not one bit crispy. This item should NOT be an option of Caviar because it just can't hold up inside a closed box for any length of time. That said, there were nice big pieces of chicken. I really liked the fresh veggies, including the fresh pineapple, all of which had a nice slight char to them. I could see this being a well-received item if it were consumed immediately. Definitely a smaller portion serving than what you might expect for $17.00. ***Mushroom Mapo Tofu $15.00*** A good option for Caviar. The silken tofu held up well and the sauce was tasty. I enjoyed this spicy dish! HOWEVER, it came in a paper-based container, and the condensation from the heat seeped right through. Fifteen minutes later, it would've soaked completely through. They should've used a waterproof container for this piping hot liquid-y entree. Thank goodness I placed the box under a plate in the refrigerator because the next day the plate was covered with oil that leaked out of the paper box. Again, this isn't their first rodeo in the restaurant biz. ***Jade Fried Rice $10.00*** I usually enjoy any kind of fried rice, but I didn't care for this at all. There was some sort of scent to this that was off-putting. The culprit, I'm guessing, was the kale. I enjoy kale, but I'm not so sure it's the best ingredient for a fried rice dish. However, it's listed under their Popular category. Also, the description stated that it contained wild-caught shrimp. Where were the shrimps?? I swear, I didn't see any discernable shrimps, even after putting on reading glasses! Note that for $10.00, you're getting a smaller sized Chinese take-out container of rice than you would at most other Chinese restaurants. ***Jasmine Rice ($4.00)*** Complimentary, thanks! Standard white rice. ***Overall Pricing*** Yes, it's definitely less expensive than Mr. Jiu's, but they're serving completely different food here. How can you compare a whole salt-baked fish from Mr. Jiu's to sweet and sour pork at Mamahuhu's? You can't. At Mamahuhu's, it's basic Chinese food in a smaller and very casual setting. It's really an unfair comparison. I don't at all mind spending $$$$$ on food if I feel I'm getting good value in return. I appreciate the organic pork and some of the supposedly better quality ingredients. However, I'm not sure that the overall food quality and smaller portions overall equate with the pricing. I'll feel much better about paying premium pricing if they clearly specify where their meats, poultry and vegetables are being locally sourced from. Grass-fed? Pasteur Raised? Certified Organic? Non-GMO verified? Going the Caviar route will definitely cost a pretty penny! For 3 items, my final tally was $57.75. That would equate to $19.25 per item, and one of those items was fried rice. I wouldn't currently recommend this given the limited options available on the menu, coupled with how the food held up. Admittedly, I've lowered my expectations around Mamahuhu, after having actually tried their food. I still plan to go, in hopes that I'll be a fan of other items I haven't yet tried. I'm also hoping that there'll be less of a mismatch between the overall quality, portion size, and cost than there was with my experience via Caviar. Fingers crossed!
Lots of LOOONG reviews so here's the reality, it's a cool place. It's probably a bit more expensive than you'd like, BUT if you're ok with standard SF prices and want a clean, busy and hip environment just check it out. The food is not bad, but it also wont blow your mind because guess what, its Chinese food. It will hit all your expectations of Chinese food as long as you don't think of the price and be a cheap old Chinese person. Would I take my parents here? hmm sure. Would they yell at me? Probably. Did my review all of a sudden get long too? Yep but whatever you're still reading. Get the mapo tofu because the mushroom add is nice. The sweet n sour chicken was fried nicely and their special celery with malaish Chinese red pepper oil thing was awesome. The service was GREAT. They forgot one of our orders which turned into 2 free apps for us to try. Its a new place so the seating is kinda crazy and its busy so if you come just be patient or..just don't come 4 stars to keep this place up because its great to have something like this in the neighborhood instead of an old janky run down place that attracts nuttin but nuttin.
I just went for a walk to see how busy this new restaurant was. I went up to the counter to ask about the combo. The employee said that the restaurant is temporarily discontinuing that option because the kitchen was overwhelmed last night for the grand opening. THIS PLACE IS NOT YET READY FOR PRIMETIME. I will pass on them for now because it is too expensive for a single entree with such small portions of food without the reasonable combo price option. I am somewhat disappointed in the initial experience and I had such high hopes for this place...
Tried out this new joint on Clement St. We went as a family of 4, our 2 boys being 6 and 8 (I'm noting their ages as a of measure of comparison for consumption) and ordered the beef with broccoli, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice and won ton soup. The food was ordered and all delivered on their promises of quality ingredients, care in preparation, flavors, served fresh and hot. The Chef and his staff presented upscale Chinese-American favorites just as described. Yum! The space was nicely done, the staff cheerful and pleasant. The menu was not extensive and I think that's smart as they focus on what they do, and they do what they do, very well. Perhaps they might expand the menu down the road as they dial in their whole operation...but we'll probably never know... Why you ask? (And the reason we gave 3 stars and not 4) Is because the serving sizes were surprisingly spare. The fried rice came served in a bowl not much bigger than a standard cereal bowl. When the wonton soup landed we almost burst out laughing when we saw how small the bowl was. We can't justify coming back here. Granted, I fully admit we're used to a different serving size/volume as with most restaurants and even support less glutinous eating sensibilities, but we can not recommend going to this restaurant as a family. Everything seemed sized for individual servings, or a cozy "active" meal for 2. As a family style experience mosdef was not well suited for us. After our very tasty meal, we left and promptly found another local joint to get just a few more bites for our boys, and as parents, even though we let them have most of the food at Mama Huhu, they were still hungry and were left wanting. We could have used a few more bites than what we got. As there are ample places for good Chinese in our area, we would opt to stick to our usual favorite on Clement St. spend about the same and even bring home some left overs. In short, this place has really good, even great dishes, but servings best for individuals and not for families. So, overall we'd have to say our experience here was "mama huhu", which in Mandarin actually means "so-so". Tasty, just not enough.
Mapo tofu is worth coming back for - the mushrooms are a good touch for that umami flavor, and it's got a nice heat (spice) to warm you thru winter. The Happy Family got me eating my vegetables, some of which normally I'm less into (water chestnuts!) but sliced into the shapes of blossoms and paired with carrots, I thought these were nice touches. The rice-battered sweet and sour chicken was just right. Jasmine tea soda was good and very sweetened, rightfully comes in ice - wait for it to melt down some. Nice modern restaurant with good vibes and bustling staff. Looking forward to returning.
The mapo tofu was surprisingly good (via the combo option, so it came with rice). Not convinced it's worth the price though. I wish I convinced other friends to come with me so I could try other things. I think the Chop Suey Sundae was definitely more interesting and I'd come back for it again.
The new upscale takeout / local spot concept from Brandon Jew has had a ton of hype before the official opening. The restaurant, located next to Schubert's Bakery on Clement, has a cool vibe somewhere between a modern industrial chic cafe and a classic upholstered booth-y Chinese restaurant vibe. The ordering is counter service, with self serve first come first serve seating and water, with the food brought out to you for dining in. Understandably, the opening was super crowded and food took a while to come out (something exacerbated by people ordering large takeout orders), but the circumstances make that unavoidable. The concept at Mamahuhu is meant to be classic "takeout" dishes reimagined and cooked with high quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The mains run around $15 each, but are also available as combo plates with rice for $15, with optional upgrades for fried rice ($3), egg roll ($2), and supreme broth ($5). Haters will complain that the food is overpriced -- though I suspect that comes primarily from an ingrained cultural bias that Chinese food is "cheap food". The food is unpretentious and delicious. The stated purpose of the restaurant is to serve up modern and inspired takes of classic Chinese dishes, and it definitely does so. The (vegetarian) mushroom mapo tofu has a rich doubanjiang kick that's cut by the sichuan peppercorns in an excellent rendition of the dish. It is a bit more chili / acid forward, but it pairs perfectly with the rice and wok'd greens. The wok'd greens that come with the combo deserve a separate mention too! They are super tender cabbage and chinese leeks topped with lightly fermented black beans that add some salty umami and are just a fantastic combination. The egg rolls are kind of forgettable, but the supreme broth is a delicious white pepper laced, super flavorful broth that is perfect on a chilly day. All in all, Mamahuhu is an exciting new addition to the neighborhood that delivers a bold and unapologetic interpretation of contemporary Chinese food. Also, the shirts / pins are super cool, here's hoping that merch will be available later!
In short: a forgettable "okay" meal. We stopped by Mamahuhu shortly before they opened on what was their first Saturday in business. We opted for the mapo tofu, Kung pao chicken, fried rice, and sundae. The mapo tofu was flavorful, the chicken was just so-so (heavy on the filler vegetables), and the fried rice was a bit unremarkable. The sundae was unique but my wife refused another bite after detecting the heavy-handed ginger note. Overall, it was a let down in part as Mister Jiu's is one o our favorite spots in SF. It was very clear the staff was trying to figure it all out. The table staff was okay, but it was clear the kitchen was ill-prepared and overwhelmed. In total the wait was about 45 minutes to place our order and nearly an hour to get our main dish--disappointing to say the least but I suppose that could be addressed as they go. The whole seating situation could use some recalibration and thought. Several groups got in line only to give up ten minutes later. We might stop by again if the menu is tweaked, but certainly not worth waiting for.
This place is great !! So happy that I saw the write up on @sfgate Instagram !! I really enjoyed the whole experience of going to this restaurant, the atmosphere and the food was delicious. I met one the owners and they were super friendly. The employees were really friendly too and not stress since they had a line of hungry people waiting to place their order . Just be aware that it is a bit more pricey compared to other Chinese restaurants in the area .
We went on opening night, if this was any other night this would be a 1 or 2 star review so I'm giving Mamahuhu the benefit of the doubt that they will improve. The staff was friendly but it took 2 hours to have dinner. The staff forgot about our food and had to remind them a few times. We only ordered 2 combos and it was 30-40 min between each was served. They tried to comp us ice cream but we bought ice cream and we still had to remind them at the end about the ice cream. As for the food, it was good but it wasn't exceptional. Ambience is fast-casual; you order at the cashier then sit at a table. Price is a little high for what you get.
Being huge fans of Mister Jiu's, my hubby and I were very excited to try Brandon Jew's newest project, Mamahuhu! It did not disappoint! Mamahuhu is essentially elevated Chinese takeout that comes with smaller portions, higher prices, and better quality ingredients than your standard Chinese fare. We ordered the three entrees: beef and broccoli, happy family, and sweet and sour chicken. Our favorite was the sweet and sour chicken and the happy family. You would think the sweet and sour chicken would become soggy by the time it arrived at our house, but it was still crispy! The happy family was a nice mixture of chicken, shrimp, and various veggies that came with this very delicious sauce. The beef and broccoli was just okay and nothing to write home about. The total for three dishes came out to be $70, and that's with the delivery fee waived. Expensive, but worth it! We will definitely be trying other dishes.
I loved Mamahuhu. The mushrooms and tofu was flavorful, and the orange chicken we crispy and delicious. The Ingredients seemed fresh and high quality. Delivery was quick and easy. We'll definitely order again.
New restaurant with delicious and high quality food. Amazing tofu, orange chicken, soft serve!
Walked in and waited twenty minutes in line before arriving at the cash register, only to be told that it would take over an hour for our food to be prepared because the kitchen was too busy. At a minimum, I would have expected this information to be delivered upon arrival. Unfortunately it does not seem as through Mamahuhu is operationally suited to handle a busy evening.
The sweet and sour chicken is addictive. Order delivery through Caviar.