San Francisco, CA 94118
In the Richmond District, a delightful yet modest eatery lies on the corner of Balboa and Fifth. Opting for a minimalist style filled with bold, basic colors and a simplistic setting of black tables and chairs, Namu focuses less on the décor and more on the art of cuisine. That’s not to say that the one-room joint is dull or underwhelming—it’s actually quite the opposite; diners can instead focus less on the décor on and more on Namu’s dishes, where the attention should be.
Borrowing from both Korean and Japanese cuisines, Namu specializes in Pan Asian dining and the weekday happy hour is a great time to venture in to try it. You can never go wrong with the starter $2 Miso soup, and the jumbo’s chicken wings are fried to perfection—not too greasy and perfectly crispy. Whether it’s the tartar or the prawn skewers (two more great options), all bar bites taste as great as they look.
Of course happy hour wouldn’t be complete without drink specials. Order one of the $7 han soju infusion, which are light and bursting with flavors. Choose from mango strawberry, ginger lemongrass, lychee black tea or peach “blue people” oolong. A $5 Chardonnay and $5 masumi okuden sake are also amongst late night drink specials.
After you finish devouring these happy hour specials, hop out of that ill-fitting suit, throw on a pair of jeans and head back to Namu for more sake and the musical tunes that start around 11 p.m.