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Ku’u up – More Comida Yucateca in San Francisco

Melanie Wong May 17, 2012 02:58 PM

The façade for the new Yucatecan restaurant, Ku’u up, in the Mission promised “Maya Cuisine”.
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I’d hustled over here after reading the February 27 morning’s missive from Tasting Table.
http://www.tastingtable.com/entry_det...

Sidewalk signs promoted Yucatecan dishes.
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And here’s what the menu looked like:
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A basket of chips and salsas hit the table with the menu. Decent salsas, especially the green avocado-tomatillo one, but stale chips, unfortunately.
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I asked if there might be something more fiery. This pot of habanero salsa came out, and the waitress warned me to use just a tiny bit. As hot as promised and earns bonus points for roasted complexity.
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The Brazo de reina was reheated and tasted warmed-over. Stiff masa, dried out in spots, and rubbery hard-boiled eggs at the center were the main distinguishing characteristics. On the positive side, the tomato salsa tasted remarkably fresh for the time of year. My Sandia agua fresca had a tinny, metallic note, the only time a watermelon drink has ever tasted “cooked”.
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Not such a good first outing, perhaps I would have been better off sticking to the relleno negro, panuchos and salbutes. What else have ‘hounds tried here?

Ku'u Up
2052 Mission St. (at 16th St)
San Francisco
415-621-5510

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  1. Melanie Wong RE: Melanie Wong May 17, 2012 04:24 PM

    Found this coupon for a free panucho or salbut with purchase of entree, expires April 22, 2013.
    http://coupons.sfweekly.com/offers/59...

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      elise h RE: Melanie Wong May 17, 2012 04:42 PM

      We had:
      1. cochinita pibil-stewed pork with achiote and citrus. Ok
      2. Tzic-shredded beef, radishes, onions, with black bean puree. Ok
      3. Pipian-pork with pumpkin sauce. Very bland

      Portions were huge and prices very reasonable. However, I prefer the fresher and more interesting flavors at Poc Chuc.

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        Melanie Wong RE: elise h May 17, 2012 05:17 PM

        Thanks, elise! The two other dishes I was hot to try are the papadzules and the pipian. You've saved me from at least one other strike-out.

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          grayelf RE: Melanie Wong Oct 21, 2012 10:49 PM

          Would it be possible to repost the link to your "menu2" photo -- it seems to be broken. Many thanks.

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            Melanie Wong RE: grayelf Oct 21, 2012 11:01 PM

            Aha, one stray character. Here you go,
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