2013

Namu Gaji Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Namu Gaji

499 dolores st. @18th

San Francisco, CA

Namu Gaji Website

Namu Gaji San Francisco Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Namu Gaji succeeds Namu from the Richmond district. It is smaller and in a much hipper neighborhood. They have received some good press from many reviewers, so we felt it was time to give it a try. This expands this awesome Gourmet Ghetto block with Tartine Bakery, Bi-Rite, Delfina, and Pizzeria Delfina.

Insider Tip – Go early to beat the crowds

Cuisine – Korean Fusion
Location – Mission
Opened – 2012

Namu Gaji San Francisco interior decor

Service – Namu Gaji service started out ok, faltered, then bounced back. Clearly this is a small restaurant where the few servers can get overloaded and cause glitches.
Verdict – Namu Gaji lived up to its reputation with some creative Korean-American dishes coooked very well. The small restaurant can get loud, and the counter seating by the window is pretty narrow making this a lively spot. Dessert selection is weak, so go hit Bi-Rite next door. Also hit Tartine Bakery for some damn fine bread and pastries.

Namu Gaji Signature Dishes – Okonomiyaki, Burger, Stonepot

Namu Gaji’s Menu contains Happy hour specials along with a good assortment of fusiony starters and large dishes.

Website Namu Gaji Menu

Namu Gaji Food Picks:

Namu Gaji San Francisco Potato puff

Potato puff ($8) parmesan, fried garlic, gochujang aioli had 4 balls of deep friend goodness with a soft interior.

Namu Gaji San Francisco korean taco

“the real” korean taco ($5.50) kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade, seasoned rice, toasted seaweed, nori, galbi short rib was cutting edge with its seaweed wrapper and nice chopped up meat.

Namu Gaji San Francisco Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki ($18) kimchee, oyster, yamaimo, cabbage, bonito, kewpie is mentioned by many folks as their favorite. This is a pretty exotic dish that some will not like.

Namu Gaji San Francisco Stonepot

Stonepot ($16) prepared market vegetable, kimchee, egg, rice, gochujang (steak +$5)* was recommended by the server. Huge pot, but not a lot quantity-wise compared to traditional bibimbap in Korean restaurants. High quality ingredients and lots of crispy burnt rice.

Namu Gaji San Francisco Burger

Burger – 8oz grassfed pattie, kimchee relish, pickled daikon, sun dried tomato aioli, hand cut fries was HUGE and cooked to a very aggressive level of doneness. Medium rare is pretty darn red inside. Highly recommended dish as its juicy, meaty, and includes some nice fries.

Prepared market vegetable, kimchee, egg, rice, gochujang (steak 5)*+

Namu Gaji San Francisco shave ice

Shave ice ($6) – hand cranked ice, mrkt fruits, daily toppings was meyer lemon with candied kumquats on this night. Nice and refreshing after all the strong flavors.

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

Namu Gaji on Urbanspoon

Namu Gaji Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes
Posted on March 18th, 2013
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