I haven’t been to Hukilau in years. Last time I went I wasn’t too impressed. If I remember correctly, I had kalua pork and it was super salty.
Anna wanted to check it out to see if it had gotten any better since she thought it might be a good option for Lilly’s 1 year old birthday party if the food had improved.
The menu is pretty extensive. There are sections for pupus, burgers and sandwiches, plate lunch, dessert, and weekday lunch only specials.
The wiki wiki plate lunches are only available during on certain days of the week.
Parking was pretty easy today as we got a metered spot right by the door. $2 for 1 hour maximum.
The place was pretty empty when we arrived with a couple of tables occupied. There’s an outdoor area and inside seating with a long bar. There are a couple of tvs up on the wall. The guy who seated was very pleasant. He brought us 2 high chairs, one he flipped over so we could put the car seat in it. However, the high chair was kind of dirty so I preferred taking Lilly out of the seat. We just piled out extra jackets, blankets, etc in it.
We got some ice cold water and then we waited and waited until we asked the other server for the menus. She brought them promptly and after a few minutes the original guy who greeted us came by to take our order. We decided to order saimin, pele’s wings, and chicken katsu moco. We also ordered a watered down guava with no ice for Emma. They also had pineapple-orange. I’m assuming this was Hawaiian Sun or something similar.
I’m not sure how long we waited but it seemed to take awhile for the food to come.
The pele’s wings came out first and were nothing special. It came with this creamy dipping sauce and celery.
The rest of the dishes soon followed. The bowl of saimin was huge. It had some chewy (meaning I had to work at it to eat) pieces of teriyaki beef, cabbage, green onion, and slices of fish cake. I didn’t really like this dish. Nothing really stood out. Just wasn’t very satisfying.
The chicken katsu moco was huge as well. The portion was good for two people. The chicken was fried well but the dish had no taste to it. Chicken. Fried Eggs. Gravy. No taste…at all.
We asked the waitress to bring us tonkatsu sauce to help us eat this dish. She said she’d bring it. And then next thing I know, I see her outside setting the table for a large party that had just sat down. She never came back. We actually found the service very uneven. It was kind of a tag team between the guy who greeted us (who we liked) and the woman (who we felt wasn’t so good).
We got the bill and had a doggie bag for the leftover chicken katsu.
I can see why this place is popular with the college crowd (USF is close by). Large portions. Cheap price. Good atmosphere for drinking (I assume).
My impression of the food is basically the same as it was the last time which means I probably won’t go back for a long while.
5 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA