Barracuda Sushi Shutters, Will Reopen As 'Mandu'

Barracuda Sushi Shutters, Will Reopen As 'Mandu'Photo: Roy McKenzie/Hoodline
Published on January 16, 2015

After eight years in the Castro, Barracuda Sushi at 2251 Market St. closed its doors this week, sharing on Facebook that it will remain closed for the rest of January and will reopen with "a new concept and menu in February."

We reached out to Barracuda Sushi's owners to find out more details about the new concept. Manager Nam Kim told Hoodline that closing the restaurant was a difficult decision, but that he has big plans for its new incarnation.

The new restaurant, opening in February, will be called "Mandu" and will offer pan-Asian street food. "'Man-Du' means pot stickers in Korean," Kim said. "Since many Asian countries have their own versions (gyoza, jiaozi, etc.) I thought it would be a good name to represent what we are about."

Kim wants to bring the sidewalk and alleyway food stall vibe from countries like Japan, Korea, and Thailand to San Francisco.

The kitchen will be helmed by Slurp Noodle Bar chef Daniel Sudar. "Dishes will be quick, casual, fast, fresh and easily approachable as well as reasonably priced," said Kim. A drink menu will include Asian-inspired cocktails, wine, sake, and an Asian-style agua fresca.

The sushi restaurant was a regular stop for Sunday brunch-goers, offering bottomless mimosas and breakfast plates. Kim plans to open the restaurant for dinner only to start, saying that he wants to make sure to get it right. Soon after that, he plans to open for brunch again, and then to expand with lunch offerings as well.

If you're missing Barracuda Sushi, it still operates two other locations in Burlingame and Daly City. Otherwise, stay tuned for Mandu, coming soon to the Castro.