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Namu Gaji

499 Dolores St. (18th St.) Send to Phone
415-431-6268 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Order Now! | Menu
Dennis Lee and his brothers pay attention to the details at this Mission restaurant.


 
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Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Wed.-Sun.
Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Namu Gaji, San Francisco, CA

Namu Gaji Restaurant Review

: This narrow nook of a restaurant bumping up against Bi-Rite's ice cream shop brings sophisticated Korean-inflected cuisine to the Mission. The reclaimed wood that dominates the interior was milled locally; the grill is fueled by imported binchotan, the traditional (and expensive) charcoal of Japan that lends a clean, distinctive flavor to meats and vegetables. Dennis Lee's eclectic menu focuses on izakaya-style small plates. A meal starts with house-made banchan and progresses through an easy assortment of innovative Asian dishes made to share: beef tongue is thick and meaty with a pleasant seared salty edge; oysters with dashi, lime and scallion are bright and fresh; turkey tail with tamari is served whole with utensils to carve up the portion to share. A hearty bowl of chicken ramen is a house favorite, as is the fried chicken. Chopsticks in a cup and long handled spoons are the silverware of choice for the table. Carefully-curated (and often hard-to-find) sak├ęs and wines are available by glass, carafe or bottle as are beers, one of which is made just for the eatery by local brewer Magnolia. Optimal for a couple or perhaps four, but beyond that, don't expect to be able to have much of a conversation. Look for happy hour from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
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