In a day of puttering around in San Francisco, we left Japantown after a stop at Daiso, the $1.50 store. Lunch was on our mind, but not in Japantown. Namu gaji is a place my friend knew; "it will be interesting" and it was.
You pick up a menu as you enter, as well as your glasses and perhaps even a bottle of water, and choose seats. The menu is not really Korean, and not really Japanese (all written in English, of course) but a fusion of many cuisines. We started with "real Korean tacos", one chicken and one bulgogi beef. Served on a sheet of nori, we got rice, daikon kimchee, kimchee remoulade (delicious) & toasted kim. Impossible to pick up and eat like a taco but DELICIOUS. Not too hot, not bland at all.
I ordered gamja fries (I'm on a fries kick). The menu described them as 'poutine like' .... how could I resist? Potato fries, kimchee relish, gochujang, mayo, teriyaki, green onion & bulgogi beef. It was easily big enough to share with more than two, we almost finished it.
My companion ordered okonomiyaki, it was not at all like the scallion pancakes I've had in the past. the pancake was only a very bottom layer of a meal served in a sizzling stone dish, with kimchee, scallion, cabbage, bonito flake, and sauces. Again, delicious, tasty without being overpowering. We could not finish this, and made good use of the offered take-out box. The car smelled absolutely wonderful on the way home.
We both had an "Arnold Palmer", iced tea & lemonade. It was good too.
Service was fast and friendly. The waitress offered to explain anything, but the menu was clear.
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