Kyu 3 Noodle & BBQ, located on Jones Street (between Eddy and Ellis), officially opened its doors this past weekend. A new addition to the neighborhood's diverse food community, Kyu 3 has been serving a variety of Asian-inspired dishes in an extended "friends and family" soft opening since January.
Facing the newly remodeled Boeddeker Park, Kyu 3 boasts a clean and bright interior featuring a chalkboard wall promoting daily specials. A friendly management team includes four owners, all of whom are responsible for specific restaurant operations, and the restaurant has a successful Japanese parent restaurant in Emeryville, called Kyu 2.
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The new spot features an eclectic menu with a focus on bringing pan-Asian fare to the Tenderloin, with popular dishes hailing from Thailand, Burma, China, Hong Kong, Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines and more. “We are here to bring something new and unique to the residents of the Tenderloin,” said Nongnuch Salukthuanthee (Nuchy), the restaurant's co-owner and manager. “We believe that [our] guests like to eat something different and delicious.”
The restaurant boasts strong Thai roots (all of the owners hail from Thailand), but promises to be more than just another Thai or Asian fusion restaurant. “We don’t adjust recipes—we keep them true to their roots,” said Nuchy. "We are trying to bring the best dishes from a bunch of different Asian communities."
Highlights of the menu include complimentary fried wontons with sweet and sour sauce, squid ink fried rice, shrimp clay pot with glass noodles, a variety of savory skewers, and a specialty Thai boat noodle dish consisting of pork broth (giving the dish its rich brown hue and flavor), pork meatballs, and Chinese broccoli.
Nuchy works alongside front of house manager Adisorn Khamtalob (Nui), Siriphak K.Thamsara (Tammy), and executive chef Sersak Wongsuwan (Joe), who has over 10 years of restaurant experience with local stints at Osha Thai #1, Noodle Bar and Grill and Thai Thai.
Nuchy has her eye on a successful Tenderloin-based restaurant, and hopes to encourage local residents to stop in. Residents of the Tenderloin currently receive 10 percent off their meal or a free drink, with additional discounts through Kyu 3's Facebook page.
“I know this is the heart of the city, and I know it will be improving,” said Nuchy.
Kyu 3 is located at 337 Jones St. and currently serves lunch from 11am-3pm and dinner from 5pm-10pm.