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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Namu

439 Balboa St. (Sixth Ave.) Send to Phone
415-386-8332
Seductive modern lounge attracts industry types for saké and textured Korean and Japanese flavors.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late Mon., Wed.-Sat.
Features
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Entertainment: Entertainment Thurs.-Sat.
  • Heart-healthy dishes
  • Reservations suggested

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Namu, San Francisco, CA

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Namu Restaurant Review

: Not quite an insider’s secret, Namu’s location far from the beaten path lends this often-packed Pan-Asian small-plate and saké lounge the allure of a hidden find. The sleek, wide-open room seats roughly 40, with an additional five seats at a bar made from one polished, reclaimed tree. Late hours and DJ nights allow industry types to congregate once their own kitchens have closed, and 30 well-chosen, affordable sakés, soju and wines by the glass ensure they stay a while. Texture-rich share plates of contemporary Asian creations pack big flavor. Young chef Dennis Lee has the touch with beautiful crudos strung with lemon, infused oils and kombu; Asian-style dressings (Korean chili, wasabi) for fresh Hog Island oysters; and anything fresh and raw from the sea. Our turn with the spot’s famed light, tempura calamari fry was uneven, but a steaming hot bowl of shiitake dumplings in dashi-mushroom broth proved layered and memorable for only $9. Ask for rice pairings (white or wild) with larger grilled plates, such as miso-marinated line-caught black cod topped with leeks. Japanese rice beer is a crisp, refreshing option. The youthful owners also operate Happy Belly businesses around town.
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