MAU to Open (Softly) on Valencia Wednesday


The interior dining room . Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


A view of the kitchen. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


Mau’s bar seating. Photo: Dana Eastland. ©


The bar set with some of the housemade sauces and pickled garlic. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©

As previously mentioned on tablehopper, Sante Salvoni is back at the ovens and about to open a new restaurant on Valencia. His partners in the venture are Hung Dang (Tin Vietnamese in SoMa) and husband-wife team Annie Abbott and Luke Wendler.

The new spot is called ~MAU~ and will be all about Southeast Asian dishes, especially street food. Despite some false internet rumors, the spot has not opened yet, but Salvoni is hoping to have the place up and running, at least softly, by Wednesday (yep, that’s tomorrow!).

They did a trial service last night, and we got a chance to peek at some of the dishes that they’ll likely be opening with. Look for lettuce-wrapped housemade pork sausage with pickled vegetables and mint; minced pork noodle soup in gai lan spicy tomato broth; a lemongrass tofu rice bowl; grilled pork shoulder rice bowl with pickled vegetables; and mustard green-wrapped halibut with housemade shrimp paste, crispy rice, and tomato dashi. Most of the dishes will be sized for individual consumption, as opposed to family style, and will be less than $15. There will also be some larger entreés for sharing, like a whole fish, which will hover around $25.

They’ll be open for lunch for now from 11:30am-2:30pm Mon-Sat, and for dinner Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11pm. They are closed on Sundays. Eventually, they plan to be open from lunch straight through dinner, but for now they need that break to make sure everything’s running smoothly.