Kudos to you, ganeden, for judging a fellow restaurateur le’kaf zchut. Unfortunately, I do not share your optimism in this case.
From where I stand it seems that the owners of Mashu Mashu aren't really trying their best at all. Or maybe they're trying their best to achieve some goal other than what I think it should be, which is to provide service of true quality and or value, preferably both. I can go into detail, but I'll save it - what I will say is, it seems that Mashu Mashu was thrown together in a pinch by people who didn't really know or care how to run a GOOD restaurant. As a kosher consumer, I'm tired of being served over-priced, low-quality food by people who seem to want to get away with doing the bare minimum.
We've moved from Pico-Robertson to Valley Village over 18 months ago and are desperately looking for a decent take-out and/or sit-down place. We've been extremely disappointed with pretty much every offering in the area (Tierra Sur is an excellent option, but it's a drive).
Anybody try Smokin'? Aside from the owner's own posts, I haven't found any actual reviews.
ganeden, you seem like a very nice person, so I'm going to give your place a shot regardless of the reviews (if any appear), I just want to know what to expect :)
I gotta say, I was utterly disgusted with Mashu Mashu. The level of disregard to quality of food and service was shocking. Even for a kosher place in the Valley. I don't see them surviving the year. Unfortunately. Still waiting for someone, anyone, to open a decent Kosher Chinese restaurant this side of the hill.