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About Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky
Spring Hill Restaurant & Bar is now Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky. Same owner. Same chef. Same location. Same commitment to good food. Just a different approach and a brand new menu. Inspired by Hawaii and perfect for sharing, our new menu encourages you to have a bit more fun with it all. And the best part: our famous fried chicken is now on the menu every night of the week.
Seattle, WA 98116
Hawaiian, Northwest, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
Genesee Street and Oregon Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Parking along California Avenue SW, Genesee and Oregon Streets. Free West Seattle Junction parking lots located at Oregon Street and 44th Avenue SW and Oregon Street and 42nd Avenue SW.
The rapid ride C line runs most frequently and 24 hours a day between Downtown Seattle and the West Seattle Junction. Bus routes 22, 54 and 55 travel between West Seattle and Downtown Seattle approximately every 15-30 minutes. For specific times call King County Metro Transit information or visit their website.
Private Party Facilities:
Please contact us for more information at 206.935.1075
Private Party Contact:
Marjorie Chang Fuller: (206) 935-1075
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Ma'ono Fried Chicken & Whisky Ratings and Reviews
Four of us tried Ma'ono on a Saturday night because of all the buzz about their fried chicken. Well, we really enjoyed our visit and will be back but the chicken was our least favorite. Great poke, grits, apple salad, drinks but found the chicken over cooked with a too hard breading. One chicken for four was plenty--took home four pieces. Also will try a week night to see if it's quieter. There are no soft surfaces and the noise rackets around.
Food very good and imaginative but very rigid about menu items served only at designated times (ie. kimchi served only at dinner). No highchairs or booster chairs so request a booth if you have small children. Servers are very inconsistent about "Aloha" spirit.
The fried chicken was good. It has a nice crust and was fairly moist; I'd say second only to Heaven Sent locally. However, the sides were overpriced and underwhelming. Please make your fried rice with day old jasmine rice please, your patrons will thank you for it. Service was pretty good, really not a whole lot to say about that other than the mandatory gratuity that he added. At this price point, I'd go elsewhere for my fried chicken fix. I do miss the duck egg raviolo from Spring Hill though!
I can't comment on the rest of the menu but would not recommend the fried chicken dinner unless you want to clog your arteries without at least having a somewhat satisfying meal. The fried chicken dinner (whole chicken cut into 10 pieces) recommended for 2 is way too much food...wished there was an option for a smaller order. We were only able to eat half of it and we were also semi-forcing ourselves to eat it since it was not very good. The chicken itself did not have any flavor (the dipping sauces were not good either) and the batter was too thick. I've had delicious korean fried chicken at Mono + Mono in NYC and was hoping it would be similar but it was nothing close to it. And, the kimchee was too sour for my liking.
The recommendation is not without reservations. First, the side dishes like the stir-fried choy and Manapua were fabulous, as are the cocktails. (Their take on an Old Fashioned is amazing. )But the signature "whole chicken" was just not worth it. Taste-wise, it was just fried chicken- nothing worthy of the price paid for it. In all seriousness, a bucket of KFC was more flavorful. But other than the chicken, the rest was terrific. The service, staff, etc. were commendable. And my wife & I will go again- just not for the chicken.
With such a highly ecclectic brunch menu you are bound to find something that sounds delicious to eat. That being said, the menu is very meaty and generally pretty heavy; lots of sweet breads, pork, fried food, and gravy. The chicken and french toast was perfect when shared. The chicken was more like home made chicken nuggets that were perfectly crunchy and paired ideally with the gravy and syrup that accompanied it. The Moco Loco was less impressive being rather bland in flavor and massive in size. Over all, I would return for dinner. While the brunch was interesting, the ambiance didn't suit my particular interest for breakfa which is to savor food slowly while bathed in morning sunlight reading the paper. Ma'ono was moody, hip, and heavy
Good looking place inside. Restaurant is clean. Service is concerned, prompt and knowledgeable. Food is good but the pricing is a good bit out of line for the size portions served. No hamburger in the world is worth $19.00. The $38.00 fried chicken was a big disappointment for the price charged. Good though it was, it's something any decent home cook could make. There was nothing noticeably different about it except the very crisp coating which had most of the seasoning. The chicken itself ahd very little seasoning if any. I wish them well - If they get their pricing in line, I'd consider another visit.
We ordered two bowls, steamed buns, asparagus, ceasar salad, kalbi ribs, banana cream pie and popcorn ice cream. Everything was extremely tasty. Great flavors. We found the portions to be overly generous, but I guess it's hard to complain about that. All dishes were expertly prepared and flavors were multi layered. The atmosphere was very pleasant. The only complaint I have is with servers not clearing tables in a timely fashion. A table next to us was not cleared for over 15 minutes after the guests left.
Hostess was on phone and didn't greet us, even when she hung up. Apathetic service. We received our hot side dishes (without serving spoons) a good 10 minutes before the chicken arrived. No one in our group particularly enjoyed the chicken. I understand it's a family recipe, but it came off as over-breaded and over-cooked. Flavor could only be found with the dipping sauces (chili or honey mustard). I personally liked the sauces, but it couldn't make up for the chicken. I also liked the manapuas and curry rice, but the other sides were fair but not notably good (especially when eaten cold). As a centerpiece, the chicken failed us. With below average service, we won't be making a return drive to West Seattle.
I wasn't that impressed with the fried chicken and hype about it. Instead of "whole chicken," it should be advertised as 8 pieces or however many there were. Definitely didn't live up to the hype and way overpriced. Check out the other authentic Hawaiian establishments in the city instead.
When Spring Hill first opened, we were excited to have a chef the caliber of Mark Fuller right around the corner. Fresh ingredients, innovative dishes, lovely presentation and dynamite service. A special occasion place. Ma'ono has the same fresh ingredients and lovely presentation but there are fewer items on the menu that are foods that I eat. I am still happy to have them in the neighborhood and look forward to having a special meal there again.
We heard so much about how good the chicken dinner was supposed to be, but from the time we entered the restaurant, we received a chilly reception. The chicken had little or no flavor with a chalky taste to the batter/crust. Some of the pieces were way overcoojked while others had some bloody spots (which we didn't discover until we got home). The server seemed indifferent to her job and worse yet to her customers. This was a special occasion for us but a very disappointing meal.
We will not be back.
Just a curiosity, but was the jar of kimchee thrown out after it was removed from our table? Or did they serve it to the next guest? Yuk!!
We tried the famous fried chicken-- it fed the two of us for three days! The dipping sauces were great, we ordered on the side. The housemade kimchi is excellent. We'd love to go back with a big group to share the chicken and the other tasty looking meals we weren't able to try
Four of us that are "in the biz" dined at Ma'Ono on Monday night and were pleasantly surprised by not only how delicious the chicken is but also everything else we ordered. We had the Ma'Ono dog, spiced ham Misubi, kalbi ribs, pork buns and curried rice with bacon. The chicken is everything (positive) that everyone says about it. Unbelievably moist and absolutely delicious just on its own. The dipping sauces help to spice dinner up which it really doesn't need. I could take or leave the kimchi that comes with the chicken which was fine becaues my dining partners ate ALL of it and were happy to do so. When the bill came, we were stunned we had all dined in this energetic little restaurant, had great service and delicious food for $150 TOTAL!
This was our first visit to Ma' Ono! We had heard great things about the Fried Chicken and made a last minute decision to have dinner there with our Granddaughter! It was Great! The fried chicken and dipping sauces were fantastic! The spicy honey mustard was our favorite! The chicken was dark and crispy on the outside, but juicy and perfectly done on the inside! The Kimchee was too spicy for our Grandaughter....but we loved it! And...od course we got to take 3 pieces home...(the portion of Chicken is huge) to enjoy for lunch the next day! We will now make a point of returning to try some of the other dishes on the menu! As always...when you use Open Table...there is never a hitch in the reservation...we were seated right away!
Our experience at Ma'ono was both positive and negative. If you like fried chicken, then certainly the namesake chicken itself was good. If you know Hawaiian food, then you will likely be disappointed in this stab at traditional Hawaiian dishes. We tried several entrees, side dishes and the fried chicken dinner. The steamed rice was way overcooked and dried out in parts. The dipping sauces for the chicken were fine, but the chicken was tasty by itself. Their version of saimin was too far from the norm. Prices are rather high for most items. Our server's attitude and inability to correctly pronounce the items on the menu detracted from the experience. You can find much better Hawaiian food and good chicken without crossing the bridge.
Best to go with a big appetite. The chef's specialty, fried chicken (must purchase the whole bird) is delectable and comes served with two sauces, housemade kimchi, and beautiful sticky rice. I couldn't eat this meal too often, but its a finger-lickin good treat.
Wee unhappy with our table, at the back of the room, when there at least two available up front. It was very warm where we were sitting. We asked to move as soon as we were seated, and were not accommadated.. I don't think I want to go back, even though the food was good..
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