The other day we stopped into the Design District's new Gung Ho, a casual "San Francisco-style Asian" restaurant across the street from the fortress of Zynga. It's the first brick-and-mortar from Seoul Patch pop-up chef Eric Ehler, and we predict it will be insanely popular with the office lunch and happy hour crowds once word gets out. Ehler made a name for himself and his pop-ups with items like his fried chicken sando, and Gung Ho's short lunch menu of sandwiches, ramen, bibimbap, and other comforting classics sounds extremely promising.
For the post-work crowd, there are snacky things like fries, wings, English muffins stuffed with pork belly, fried Brussels sprouts, and kimchi pancakes, plus a few entrees like Hanger steak bibimbap, the most expensive thing currently on the menu at $15. But the menu will change with the seasons, and the Gung Ho team is still feeling out the startup-heavy neighborhood to see what hours and menu items it responds to the most.
The decor is minimal -- Edison lightbulbs, black metal stools, a reclaimed wood bar that the team built themselves, a large chalkboard menu as you walk in. But the room doesn't feel sterile. Large windows let in a lot of light from the street, and low, cream-colored couches along one wall give it a bit of a lounge-y vibe.
Seriously, head over there for lunch before it gets so packed you can't get a table.