Chinese >Brandy Ho's Hunan Food
217 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9413337.797418 -122.405896
Neighborhoods: Chinatown, Northeast
If you like spicy, this is for you! – As a lover of Chinese food, I had never tried Hunan cuisine. I was surprised by the unusual mix of ingredients, however; was pleasantly surprised by the taste!
The food was fresh and made to order at the open air kitchen right by our table. The food is spicy, so be prepared. They will ask you how spicy you want it so be very clear if you do not want any spice in your dish.
The menu is fun and reads more like a recipe book than a menu. Service was attentive and price was right.
Nice food, greasy stuff though – My favorite was the huge stir fried chicken. Was served with with berries and celery, in sliced lemon and asparagus. Also the dice spring onion was very cool compliment, and the Shark's fin soup was very completing...
Best Chinese Food in SF – We ordered the Onion Cake w/Peanut Sauce, General Chicken(Hot), and the Spicey Beef w/ Green Onions in Wine Sauce(Hot). Everything arrived hot and delicious, and none of things that were supposed to be crispy were soggy, which I think is probably due to their great packaging and lightning fast service. They told us it would be 45 minutes to an hour for delivery but it ended up taking about 20 minutes which was awesome. I'm not usually a huge fan of Chinese food, having had bad experiences in the past, but all the food was great. Plus, everything was spicy, which I'm a fan of. I'll definitely be ordering from them again in the near future.
stick with the FiDI/Chinatown location – First, I have to let you know two things. One, I use to love the Brandy H's in FiDi. Second, my food was delivered to my home, so I did not get to experience the quaint decor or the house service.
Now, being a fan of the FiDI/Chinatown location I really happy to hear Brandy H's was coming to the Castro; especially since I moved out f the FiDi delivery zone. As I had in the past I ordered my two Chinese food staples. The two dishes I rate all Chinese restaurants by ... Mongolian Beef and Pork Fried Rice. One word ... disappointed. The quality and taste at the new Castro establishment of this city's old staple was just not there. To say the least I was very sad by this experience. I was so upset by the experience, that I doubt I will give them a second chance.
Oh well, at least we stil have The Big Lantern.
It was ok, nothing great, I've had better. – Not sure why everyone raves about this place? 4 of us went together and shared a variety of meals. The service was fast and the food was ok, it just wasn't great. I've definitely had tastier and cheaper Chinese. I had a good nite as I was in good company but I won't be going back in a hurry.
Not Recommended for Delivery. Food has Foul Taste. – The food took longer than promised for delivery, and they sent us items we didn't order. AND they made us pay for the extra dishes. The delivery person was unprofessional to put it politely.
We thought we'd make the best of the situation and enjoy the extra food. More food is usually a good thing. Not so with this restaurant. Despite the consistently high ratings, the food bordered inedible. It was prepared with poor-quality ingredients. It also had a foul taste, especially the soup base. We tried it one more time and had a similar experience.
I'm surprised this place could do so well in our world-class restaurant town.
Good and Hot! – There are many restaurants in Chinatown but this is one of the best. As the name implies this is spicy Hunan food and it's great. Friendly waitress helped me choose my dish. On the outskirts of Chinatown near Broadway.
I'm guessing there are better dishes than what I ordered for lunch – I stopped in for the lunch special, and had been meaning to eat there for a while because I have heard great things about them. I ordered a chicken dish, which was served with bamboo shoots and onions, with the appetizer plate preceding. I loved the crispy noodles with sweet sauce, the noodles with peanutty sause was passable, not remarkable, and there was a fried wonton/pancake item that was nice, but again nothing worth writing much more about. The chicken dish I was very dissapointed in. It seemed to be flavored only with soy sauce and red chilli oil, and basically "missing something" as they say. I don't send food back a lot, but did in this case. Unfortunately, I was told that most of the dishes on the lunch special menu have the same sauce, so opted for a beef soup with noodles. Again, the soup flavor seemed to be missing something, not a full flavor, not rich, just sort of a weak flavored bone broth with chunks of short-rib beef that were tough, dry, and a challenge to chew and swallow. I was very unsatisfied, which is a shame because I have heard great things about the place. I will have to listen to specifically what people recommend to eat there, because what I had I was very disappointed in. The waitress was attentive and satisfactory. The ambience is a place that I would go for lunch, but not for a romantic or professional dinner.
You can order not spicy? – I love spicy food, but my kids can't eat it. The waitress told us it was possible to make it not spicy. So now everyone's happy! Their black bean chili sauce is DELICIOUS! I ended up buying four bottles of the chili sauce (I gave away a few bottles to my friends :( BUT they made some really good chicken with it and invited my family over for dinner!) and I got a fifth one for free.
Another bonus about this restaurant is their location. Whenever I'm shopping Downtown or grocery shopping in Chinatown, I always pick up something from Brandys for my kids.
They also have a full bar, so when my husband is playing designated driver, I can have myself a 1 person party.
Watch your food get cooked in front of you – There's no street parking but I found a parking garage on Vallejo and Powell.
Usually I sit at the counter and watch the chefs cook. Everytime I come here I have a hard time deciding what to order. I love their hot and sour soup and the fact that they serve brown rice (how many other Chinese restaurants does that??) It doesn't take long for the food to arrive, so that's a bonus too. Oh! And I just found out that they have gelato if you want to order dessert.
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