As we are approaching spring, there are still quite a few winter days where we are craving delicious hot pot to warm up our souls. Japanese shabu is a great option to satisfy all your cravings and Mokuku is a hidden gem in the Inner Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. With things opening up more during the pandemic, Mokoku follows the strict guidelines and it felt very safe for indoor dining. Make sure to book a reservation before you come to ensure you get a spot or you can call ahead and try to put your name down on the list but their waitlist option is on their website starting from 5 pm. Once you arrive, they have hand sanitizer at the front and check your temperature. Tables were sanitized and spaced apart and there were also coverings between tables to ensure each party is protected within their own space.
Mokuku offers all you can eat which includes unlimited appetizers, vegetables, meats, rice, ramen, and dessert for only $35. You start off by choosing two soup bases which give you the option to try a mild one and a spicy one. I went for the tonkotsu and the tom yum broths which were their special when I went and you can tell it has been simmering for hours since it was rich and flavorful. You order everything on an iPad and within minutes, your selections are delivered to you. Items range from fried calamari, chicken kara-age to fresh vegetables like Napa cabbage, king oyster mushroom, spinach, etc. I enjoy using the iPad since it limits speaking with the server and they only stop by to check on how things are going and when they need to deliver the items you selected. Everything was extremely fresh and you can taste the quality of all their items. The meat features their signature wagyu beef, prime beef, kurobuta pork, pork belly, lamb, and chicken breast. Their wagyu beef and kurobuta pork are my favorites since it is very marbled and tender once you cook it. Their meats are on the higher quality side which I appreciate since I tend to see many places skipped out on quality since you can eat as much as you want. The all-you-can-eat menu also comes with ice cream at the end and you can choose between vanilla or chocolate but on the day I went, they had the green tea option which I went with and it was the perfect dessert to finish off the heavy meal. If you check in on Yelp, you can get a free pint of Sapporo. Mokuku also offers an extensive cocktail selection, tap beer, soju cocktails, sake, and soda so there is something for everyone!
I definitely recommend coming to Mokuku if you are looking for premium and quality Japanese shabu and wagyu meat. The eating time is limited to 90 minutes but I’m sure you will be full after eating a few servings of their quality meat since their portions are quite large. While $35 is quite expensive compared to other places, you definitely get your money’s worth even after eating a few plates of the wagyu. Parking can be difficult since they do not have a parking lot so you will have to find street parking on Clement Street. The staff service was also extremely responsive and friendly and there was barely any wait for anything. Overall, Mokuku is a staple for Japanese shabu on my list! Have you tried Mokuku before? I would love to hear your thoughts about it in the comments below. Follow me for more food recommendations like this in the Bay Area.