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Mission Chinese Food
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Today 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PM
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2234 Mission St San Francisco, CA 94110
2234 Mission StreetUSCaliforniaSan Francisco94110
$$Chinese Restaurant, RestaurantToday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PMFriday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PMSaturday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PMSunday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PMMonday 11:30AM–3PM, 5–10:30PMTuesday 5–10:30PMWednesday 5–10:30PM
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Trendy crowds line up for the imaginative Chinese eats at this casual, nationally known destination.- Google
"Highlights are the salt cod fried rice, ma po tofu, and the beef brisket."
"Highlights include Kung pao pastrami and veal rib."
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Nei Ng
2 weeks ago
It's really easy to find this place because there's always a sea of people waiting to get in. Add in its reputation, and I think my expectations were set a bit too high. My dinner here wasn't exactly the best. When I saw the Tea-Smoked Eel in the menu, my eyes immediately lit up because I love tea-smoked duck. I was really expecting the same kind of big smoky pow that you would get from the duck. The rolls themselves were alright - a bit sweet and salty. What really let me down was the eel. They didn't taste a bit smoky to me at all. I still think that there's potential in this dish. The smokiness would've complemented the sweet and salty flavors in addition to the pork. It would've also provided a nice contrast to the fresh flavor of the greens. Without the smoke, the dish didn't really tie together. I was also really excited to try the Ma Po Tofu. After hearing all the buzz, it seemed like this was MCF's signature dish. It definitely had a decent kick to it, and the bean sauce was thick and rich. However, the bright citrus notes and tingly numbing sensation you'd get from Szechuan peppercorns were absent. That's a big deal. When I eat Szechuan food, I don't even pay too much attention to the spiciness. The defining feature is the presence of the numb feeling in your mouth. In the end, the Ma Po Tofu wasn't really interesting without the citrus flavors and numbing peppercorns. The Salt Cod Fried Rice was another dish that looked good on paper. I'm guessing it's suppose to be a play on Chinese salted fish and chicken fried rice (ham yu gai lup chow fan). I thought the fried rice in general was pretty bland and lacked wok hei. The mackerel confit tasted fine, but it didn't hold up when paired with the rice. The fish wasn't flavorful enough to properly season another component. There's not enough Chinese sausage to really help either. I think something more potent, like bacalhau, would work better in the fusion fried rice. The price isn't too high, but I think for the wait, I'd rather go to Z&Y for Szechuan food.
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Matthew Falk
a month ago
Solid meal - especially if you like spicy dishes. Seems to have lost a little of the original edge (especially the Mapo Tofu), but still worth a go. We especially enjoyed the spicy Korean rice cake (Dduk Bbok Ki 떡볶이) with spicy bacon, spicy....mmmm
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Natalie Allen
2 weeks ago
Really enjoyed this place! The dragon hanging from the ceiling is great. The food is delicious. Definitely not healthy, but delicious.
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David Liang
4 months ago
Food: 4 Decor: 4 Service: 3 Came here for lunch with gf during a SF day trip. We arrived around 11:30am and were immediately seated. 1. Sizzling cumin lamb, 12 Salt and peppered lamb belly, chili-pickled long beans ~Pretty good. Somewhat spicy, even though it doesn't have a fire symbol. 2. Westlake rice porridge, 11 Hangar steak, rock shrimp, soy-cured egg, cilantro ~Pretty good. Service was disappointing, as I had to try numerous times to get our check. Mission Chinese Food - San Francisco, CA, United States. Lamb
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Angelos Mikelatos
in the last week
Chinese food with a twist! I tried 5 different dishes and there was not one that left me disappointed. Good portions, "ok-ish" prices. Highly, highly recommended!
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Marvin Vuong
a month ago
It was a hot day so the lack of AC hurt a bit. Went at an off hour (around 2pm) so there was no line for me. Food all looks very interesting though if you are expecting either American Chinese or authentic Chinese, you are going to be disappointed either way. It's a blend of Chinese food with American twists. Wish I could have tried more, but since it was so hot out (and I was walking around), I didn't want to try the spicy foods.
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Sylvia Lewis
2 months ago
How is this place rated 3.7 stars on Google? It is amazing. I'd come here all of the time - if there wasn't always a 1 hour long wait :(. That being said, we ended up popping down at the BBQ place down the street and doing flights of whiskey. Came back just as our names were called (40 minutes?) so I guess the wait wasn't SO bad. Order: * Tea smoked eel rolls: Was looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed. There's a very pleasant crunch that I didn't expect when you bite into it. * Chicken wings: If you like spicy, this is for you. It's mouth-numbing in a wonderful, delicious way. I love authentic Sichuan food and this hits you in the mouth hard. Maybes: * Ma po tofu: Really yummy but less of a ma po tofu (kill-your-mouth-spicy) and more of a tofu cooked in a pork sauce. Good but not really what I had hoped for. * Squid ink noodles: Nice thick noodles cooked in squid ink. Very good. But wish I had room in my stomach to try something else instead... like the rice noodles.
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Brendan Saltaformaggio
a month ago
SOLID Chinese fusion in this hipster joint. Got the Kung Poa Pastrami. Worth the 25 minute walk.


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