Hakka Restaurant Restaurant Review, San Francisco
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4401 Cabrillo St (At 45th avenue)
San Francisco, CA 94121
Hakka Restaurant is a family run Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Outer Richmond District that opened in early 2010. It has garnered some foodie attention on chowhound. While they serve a wide variety of Chinese dishes, they are known for their Chinese specialties.
Decor, Vibe – Hakka Restaurant has typical basic Chinese restaurant decor. The place was packed when we visited on a Friday night, making reservations a must during busy times. The crowd was almost exclusively Asian, little mystifying given the positive press this place has gotten.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
Hakka Restaurant Menu has a list of Chef specialties that you should concentrate on. The waiters were helpful in pointing out the most popular dishes.
Opening special: 10% off orders was automatically given when we visited in April.
Free soup was a melon with pork brothy freebie.
Salt-baked chicken ($11.95 half) is a classic Hakka dish in which they rub the chicken with wine, seasonings, and rock salt, and roast it slowly. The chicken did not look very photogenic but had lots of flavor and was very tender. Smoky flavors, only parts of the skin were crispy though. Comes with a sesame dipping sauce.
Sautéed Crab with salted egg yolk (Price Varies, 2.5 lbs for $28) was an excellent dish and a must get. Its price changes due to market conditions. They have a tank with live crab in the back. The crab was cooked perfectly and the Golden yellow almost corn mealy coating added a punchy flavor to the crab. Hot out of the kitchen. Messy, finger licking good, but worth it. Cold leftovers the next day were still delectable.
Home Style Frog Legs with basil were on the spicy side but had a huge quantity of fresh frog that sort of tastes like chicken. Very boney, lots of basil flavor, and a bit on the salty side.
Beef short ribs with black pepper and honey sauce was also an excellent dish. Sort of like Korean short ribs but with a more subtle sweetness and smooth texture that included a bit of pepper on the tongue. Not spicy, but tender and boney.
Complementary dessert was a mung bean and seaweed soup. A very interesting combination of flavors.
Hakka Restaurant had decent service with the waiters obviously trying their best for a small family run place. Tea was kept up to date, plate changes were made. The pacing of the dishes was wild and varied though. For those looking for Hakka Chinese food in San Francisco, be sure to try this place. For those little less adventurous, give this inexpensive place to try and order the dishes we selected.
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