Eagerly anticipated Chinese fast-casual spot Kung Food is now open at McAllister and Divisadero, after almost a year and a half of construction. Opened by Andy Yang and his family, the restaurant fills a niche in a neighborhood that has been without a Chinese option for ages, offering mostly Hunan and Mandarin dishes with a smattering of dim sum for good measure.
Yang's uncle, Luofei Zhang, is in charge of the kitchen, offering popular dishes like Hunan butter beef, dragon butter beef and basil eggplant with chicken and prawns. There is also a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian options, using a soy meat substitute. Zhang focuses on using the freshest ingredients possible, a commitment that has the whole family handpicking produce at the market every morning. The quest for healthier dishes, combined with extremely limited storage space in the 20-seat restaurant, guarantees that nothing is on the shelf longer than three days.
The family, which has over 15 years of experience in the restaurant industry, landed in the neighborhood after two years of researching locations, following the sale of their Pacifica restaurant, Rice and Roll. So far, it looks like they made the right choice. "The neighborhood has a great vibe, and the folks of Nopa and Lower Haight have been really kind to us," said Yang, adding that "The restaurant was packed on the first day, with a line of people waiting for tables."
Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Delivery is free ($15 minimum), with online ordering on the way.