For those craving Namu’s distinctive Korean fare after it closed on Christmas Eve, the restaurant is returning with a pop-up location this weekend while the Lee brothers work to open a Namu Gaji on Dolores Street.
On January 13th and 20th, Namu will host a pop-up restaurant at FourBarrel Coffee on Valencia Street. Namu Chef Dennis Lee says the partnership with FourBarrel Coffee began when he went for a coffee tasting, and from there a collaboration blossomed. FourBarrel Coffee will also be sold at Namu Gaji when it opens later this year.
If the Lee’s last venture in the Inner Richmond area is any evidence, their future enterprise will be received well, and Dennis Lee hopes the pop-up endeavor will allow them to “introduce themselves to the Mission before the restaurant opens.”
With this new beginning comes new changes to the Namu menu. Lee says the new menu will be different in that it will be “more concise and more vegetable driven.” However, Lee says the pop-up will still stay true to Namu’s original comfort food roots, with pork belly menu favorites and Korean Fried Chicken.
There will be two seatings for each pop-up date, first between 8pm and 9pm and later between 9:30pm and 11pm. Space is limited for each seating.
The menu for Friday, January 13th
-market pickles -kani salad of hand picked dungeness crab, romaine, kaiware, onion sesame dressing OR
-bibim kooksoo salad of buckwheat noodles, fried walnuts, tofu, cucumbers, kimchee sesame dressing -Namu ramen of pork w/ miso broth OR crab w/ curry broth OR vegetarian w/ shoyu broth (handmade noodles as always)
-okonomiyaki of ground pork OR squid OR vegetables
The menu for Friday, January 20th
-two sides (TBA) -smoked BBQ (pastured chickens, pork belly, etc)
-Korean Fried Chicken(KFC)