Was looking for a bite on the slightly-late-side, like about 10pm, in Oakland on a friday night. Wanted a place fairly lively ( rules out hopscotch ), went to Longbranch the last few times, so headed to Mua.
Wait - yes, even starting around 10:30pm. Bar tables taken. Place started emptying out around then.
Drinks - great. The bar was busy enough, but it was getting closer to the end of the night. The “barrel aged” manhattan wasn’t, but still well balanced. Not a super premium bar, perhaps, but really solid.
Deep Fried Tofu
… something else
Wouldn’t get the deep fried tofu again. Pretty bland even swimming in Thai sauce and peppers. Arugula salad was nice, gave a balance to the meal. Burger was truly great. I think they might have smothered it in drippings, because the outside was carefully moist. Got the burger with no aoli but with blue cheese.
Where else would you have gone at that hour? Anywhere from Jack London Square to Univ Ave in Berkeley.