Based on a 2018 pop-up of the same name, chef Brandon Jew's Mamahuhu is opening its doors to the public on Clement Street on Wednesday, January 15, and you can expect this will be quite popular.
The man behind SF's only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, Mister Jiu's, announced his counter-service concept last May, and seven months later it has become a reality. As Tablehopper reports, the menu at Mamahuhu features modernized spins on Chinese-American classics including kung pao chicken, egg rolls, and broccoli and beef, all using high-quality ingredients. And the restaurant is a collaboration with Shanghainese restaurateurs Anmao Sun and Ben Moore, with whom he worked on the Mamahuhu pop-up.
As Jew explained back in 2018, the name translates as "so-so," and it's "a quirky expression of Chinese food that is delicious yet healthful — [food] that you can feel great about eating."
And the neighborhood, the Inner Richmond, has long been Jew's home. The SF native's grandparents bought a home there decades ago, which he now calls home. He says he's proud to be bringing a new restaurant to a neighborhood where he's grown up eating the food.
Look for some fun, multi-cultural influences as well — we can't forget his "Dutch Crunch pork bun" at Mister Jiu's — like the wonton soup with schmaltz, his mushroom-y take on mapo tofu, and the "chop suey sundae" made with toasted rice soft-serve ice cream, Hodo soy milk, jasmine tea jelly, black sesame sago, and almond cookie.
Mamahuhu will be open, to start, Tuesday to Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. After dinner service hits its groove, lunch service and Caviar delivery will be added, as Tablehopper reports.
Mamahuhu - 517 Clement Street at 6th Avenue - Opening January 15