Hakka Restaurant

I had Monday lunch with my co-worker and we were talking about our respective weekends and she mentioned how she went with a group  of friends to this restaurant called Hakka that had opened a few months ago.  She raved about the food, said it was cheap ($20 per person “for a lot of food”) and particularly liked the pumpkin with salted egg. Her friend had found out about the place from an article in sfweekly.com.

I’m always looking for new restaurants to try (especially Chinese and in SF) so decided to round up a few friends to check it out. My email to one friend asking if his family wanted to join was simply titled “chinese food”. I got a group of 6 adults and 3 kids to go (including us).

When we got there, the place had one or maybe two other occupied tables.I was asked if I had a reservation and said no. We got one of the tables near the front door. The waiters were really friendly and nice. When everyone arrived, we ended up ordering pork bacon with preserved greens (served over bed of lettuce), lily bulbs with snap peas and wood ear (they didn’t have lily bulbs (?) and asked if they could substitute mushrooms), plate of gai lan, beef short ribs with black pepper and honey sauce, half order of chicken (salt baked? comes with sauce on the side which I think were pan drippings from the chicken?), seafood and tofu clay pot, clams dish (can’t remember the name), and pumpkin with salted egg. Our meal started with a pork based soup (“lo faw tong”).

Overall I enjoyed the meal very much. My two least favorite dishes were the short ribs and the chicken – found them only ok. Would like to try the chicken again though. Meal was $32 per couple including tax and tip.

Hakka Restaurant
4401 Cabrillo (at 45th Ave.), 876-6898. 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

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