Halu on 8th Ave and Clement?
So I was walking around Clement a few days ago, and noticed that the old Mama san location on 8th ave, just off Clement, changed its awning (by changed, I mean painted black over the previous green, not a great paint job) and now it's called Halu, and has a subheading something like "A unique and different Japanese restaurant." Anyone have any info on this, and could it possibly be a ramen place???
Googling led me to this: http://www.mermen.net/ The Mermen were playing at their grand opening yesterday. According to this, the restaurant offers "a unique spin on yakitori style". Not connected to Ramen Halu of San Jose as far as I can see. I'll check this Halu out next time I'm in the neighborhood and report back.
I subscribe to a newsletter on tiki-related happenings, and this was in it the other day:
"Mimi and Shigemi Komiyama will celebrate the GRAND OPENING of their
new San Francisco restaurant : HALU.
This project has been in the works for years and is the fulfillment of a dream
for Mimi and Shig. As described by Mimi and Shig the menu is their own unique
spin on Japanese Yakitori style. HALU will also have an excellent
Sake & Beer selection."
I am very much looking forward to trying it.
I just read about this place in the Tablehopper newsletter...In addition to yakitori (20 kinds) they will serve five different kinds of ramen (noodle handmade by Mimi), various side dishes (e.g. agedashi tofu, donburi, salads, etc.). Only 25 seats and serving dinner only for now. Shigemi Komiyama was at Yoshida-Ya some twenty years ago and both owners studied cooking for three years in Yokohama. 312 8th Avenue near Clement.
okay, I'm not imagining things! I walked by there yesterday and thought, "didn't this use to be . . .?"
Noodles and the drummer from Hot Tuna? What's not to like!
I went to check out Halu last night, and it was good. The new owners repainted the place a soothing mint green, and put up a ton of Beatles posters. We had ramen and also a few of the yakitori and kushi katst. The chicken wings were nicely charred, seasoned with salt (you can also get the sauced version) and the kushi katsu okura is really great...breaded with panko, deep fried on a stick! I've never seen kushi katsu on a menu here, and am excited to try the many different offerings on the menu. Halu's version is really crispy, not greasy, perfect with beer.