L&L still hasn't opened on Clement St. so we had to try this new neighborhood Hawaiian BBQ place.
It's a small place with the feel of a fast food restaurant. We got our stuff to go, but it looked like the food is served in styrofoam containers even if you eat it there.
We ordered the seafood mix with mahi mahi, fried shrimp, and "Hawaii" BBQ chicken (not sure if that's the same as "Maui" BBQ chicken or "Island" BBQ chicken), and the kalua pork. Everything comes with 2 scoops rice and 1 scoop macaroni salad. It also comes with a decent amount of cabbage, although this is not mentioned on the menu; it's nice to have a veggie though because otherwise you will feel pretty unhealthy at the end of the meal.
The macaroni salad was pretty standard. I am not a fan and this didn't change my mind. The rice was actually kind of mushy, which was really disappointing. The meat portions are enormous: huge mound of pork, 2 pieces of fish, 4 shrimp, 2 boneless chicken thighs.
The menu doesn't warn you, but the mahi mahi is breaded and fried. The breading is well-seasoned, but somehow the fish was still bland. I wouldn't get the mahi mahi again. At least the breading was nice and crispy.
The shrimp were also breaded, butterflied, and fried, with the same crisp coating. We liked the shrimp better, maybe because deep-fried shrimp is a guilty pleasure of ours.
The chicken was the best thing we tried, seasoned with soy sauce and pepper.
The pork was fully shredded (I would have prefered more chunks) and tasted of liquid smoke, but was OK overall.
We got 1 container of mystery sauce, which I thought was tartar sauce at first, but tasted like sweet mayo. It wasn't good.
I'm still hoping L&L opens soon and will be better. My husband thought it was pretty good though and he'd go there again.
Ming Gu Hawaiian BBQ
3641 Balboa @ 38th Ave