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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Hour Goes Korean at Namu Gaji

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge Tillie's Union Ale from Magnolia Brewery - MICHAEL KIM
  • Michael Kim
  • Tillie's Union Ale from Magnolia Brewery

There's not really such a thing as a bad happy hour. When a couple of bucks are knocked off a beer, a glass of wine, or a cocktail, a feeling of contentment washes over us, and we're able to forget the obstacles, transgressions, or missteps of hours past. When an establishment throws discounted food into the mix,this satisfaction is turned into sheer bliss, especially when these options include inventive, untraditional versions of tacos and fries.

At Namu Gaji, the much-loved NKA (New Korean American) spot in the Mission, you can knock back a few $2 soju shots, sip on $3 pints (current selections include Asahi, Linden Street's Burning Oak Black Lager, and Magnolia's Tillie's Union Ale, a toasted rice ale brewed exclusively for the restaurant), or enjoy 15 percent off wine bottles (reserve list excluded) alongside their famed Korean tacos -- your choice of chicken, short rib, or tofu, with seasoned rice, kimchi salsa, and remoulade, served atop a seaweed "shell" ($3-$5.50).

Or if you have partaken in a bit too much of the $8 "happy sake," soak it up with the gamja fries ($11), a decadent and flavor-piquing take on the classic fried potato. Namu's version tops it with a combination of short rib, kewpie (Japanese mayonnaise), gochujang, and kimchi relish, resulting in a dish that is savory, sweet, spicy and sour ... basically everything you could ever want.

To top it off, Namu's happy hour can be enjoyed six days a week: Tuesday-Sunday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

click to enlarge Korean Tacos - MICHAEL KIM
  • Michael Kim
  • Korean Tacos

Namu Gaji, 499 Dolores; 431-6268

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