Posted on | September 16, 2009 | 5 Comments
This past week, we spent a few days in the San Francisco area. One night we met a couple of friends at Namu, a Japanese-Korean fusion restaurant in the Richmond district. The food consists of mostly small plates, and is served family style. 3 complimentary banchans were given to us, with sigeumchi namul, sukju namul, and kimchee. All were good.
The fried calamari was also quite good. It almost reminded me of tempura style onion rings. I normally don’t care for fried calamari, but the batter was quite light and crispy on this one.
I love okra, so of course I loved this dish! It was fried a bit, and topped with a creamy, somewhat sweet dressing.
One of the main reasons I wanted to try this restaurant was to see how their Korean style tacos were. These were completely different than Kogi’s in LA. Instead of a tortilla, they were laid on nori, with a layer of sushi rice underneath the taco meat. There was way less kimchee seasoning on these tacos than Kogi’s. They were good, but not quite as flavorful, and a little more difficult to eat.
The other reason I wanted to try the restaurant was for the burger. I’d heard that there’s was exceptional. And indeed, it was quite good! The burgers come with pickled daikon, cheese, daikon sprouts, onions, mustard, and an aoili. We ordered two; one with an additional kimchee relish, and one without. The one with the kimchee was much better, in my opinion. Very, very tasty! The burger itself was tender, juicy, and cooked perfectly. One of the better burgers I’ve had. Who would’ve thought, a great burger at an Asian fusion restaurant? Oh, and the fries were good too! Cooked crispy, just how I like ‘em.
The other standout item was the Kobe style skirt steak. This was unbelievably tender, almost to the point of being buttery. It was also cooked perfectly, and had an incredible savory kalbi sauce on top. I could’ve eaten two of these!
For dessert, we decided to split two. The azuki bean cupcake was good, but I had a hard time tasting the azuki beans within.
The cookie/ice cream dessert was better. The cookies were topped with chili flakes, making for a wonderful spicy/sweet flavor to the dessert. Quite good!
Overall, a great experience. The restaurant is quite small, seating maybe 40-50 at most. Definitely a place you’d want to make a reservation for, as there were quite a few people waiting as we left. The interior is intimate, clean, and dark, and the service was good. The place is owned and run by three Korean brothers, who also serve tacos, and other selections from their menu at SF’s Ferry Plaza Market on Thursdays. Definitely worth a try!