12:51 pm - Wed, Apr 2, 2014

Have #NamuGaji #cater your next office lunch or party! Check out today’s 180 person catered delivery. #farmtotable #sf #localfood #bayarea #popular #trending #startups #tech #lunchtime (at Namu Gaji)

12:45 pm - Sat, Jan 25, 2014

Valentine’s Prix-Fixe, Bloodys & Mimosas Everyday, Noodle Nights Continue, Super Bowl Offerings

Chef Dennis Lee creates special five-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe
Named one of “38 Essential San Francisco Restaurants” by Eater SF, Namu Gaji provides the perfect setting for an evening of romance.  Innovative cuisine enjoyed in a warm and cozy dining room will be sure to warm your heart!  Celebrate over beef tartare and braised daikon, followed by oysters dressed in caviar and uni cream.  Charred napa cabbage will lead into a creamy koshihikari risotto with uni, chocolate and gold, finishing with a juicy aged prime rib with horse radish and cocoa.  Pastry Chef Maya Erickson will provide the perfect sweet treat to end this decadent meal.  $88 prix fixe menu only.  Optional drink pairings by Namu Gaji beverage director Collin Casey to highlight our unique wine and sake program (named “Ultimate Micro-List” by Wine and Spirits Magazine). Reservations are highly recommended.
5-course prix-fixe menu:
  • oyster, caviar, uni cream, e.v.o.o., citrus zest
  • charred napa cabbage, kimchee puree, buckwheat ricotta gnudi, mizuna
  • uni, koshihikari risotto, chocolate, gold
  • aged prime rib, horseradish, au jus, cocoa
  • dessert by Maya Erickson (formerly of A.Q.)

Dietary restrictions require 48 hours advanced notice. 
For more information or to make a reservation, visit namusf.com or call 415-431-namu.

Exciting Brunch News
Beginning February 5th we will be offering brunch everyday (wed-sun)!!! Perfect for those sunny weekdays when it seems like everyone in SF has the day off. Now you know where you can drink a mimosa or bloody mary during the week when you need it. menu here:image
brunch hours
Wednesday to Friday 11:30am to 4pm 
Saturday and Sunday 10:30am to 4pm 
dinner  hours
Tuesday to Thursday and Sunday 5:00pm to 10:00pm  
Friday and Saturday 5:00pm to 11:00pm
happy hour 
Wednesday to Sunday 5:00pm to 6:30pm 
Noodle Night Lives On - For Now
Noodle night has been such a success for the past two months we’ve decided to continue Noodle Night every first and last Monday of February. If you haven’t done so already, we invite you to join us on February 3rd and 24th. Reservations are highly recommended.

In addition to a limited dinner menu, we will be serving the following noodle soups:

  • Devil’s Gulch Pork miso ramen
  • Dungeness Crab Tom Yum Noodle Soup
  • Liberty Duck Shoyu Ramen
  • Vegetarian Mixed Mushroom Umami Udon
  • Indonesian Mie Ayam Chicken Consommé with Egg Noodles
  • Namu’s Korean Style Spicy Ramyun with 4505 hot dog

*We are accepting reservations for all group sizes, for groups over 5 guests please email events@namusf.com


Pre-order the Perfect Super Bowl Snacks

The Lee brothers weren’t very happy about the Pat’s and 9ers loss of what would have been the most highly anticipated Super Bowl in history. Nonetheless, we are offering party size pre-order pick-ups via our online marketplace. It couldn’t be any easier to have delicious exciting snacks for you and your friends! Super Bowl orders for wings, bibim kooksoo salad, and BBQ bo ssam will need to be placed no later than 5pm on Friday January 31st for pick-up on Sunday 2/2. 

  • crispy organic chicken wings, lime, shichimi, kimchee dashi BBQ sauce
  • bibim kooksoo salad, cold soba noodles, tofu, cucumbers, romaine, walnuts, kimchee, sesame kimchee vinaigrette
  • BBQ bo ssam: choice of smoked llano seco organic pork belly, pastured chicken or smoked market fish. Comes with 18 fresh oysters, house made pickles, namu kimchee, fresh vegetables, lettuce and steamed cabbage for wrapping and house made sauces of ssam jang (korean miso & fermented chili) and BBQ mustard


4:33 pm - Thu, Dec 26, 2013
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2:55 pm - Mon, Dec 9, 2013

.::Namu Newsletter :: Dec’13 ::.

What?! It’s the end of the year already??  
We have a few special events coming up (and holiday gift suggestions!) to help fill up your calendar (and cross off your gift list) for the holiday season. 
Now taking namu gaji reservations via www.namusf.com and 415-431-namu (please note that reservations online become available 2 weeks before the date)

Monday December 30, January 6, January 27
 Noodle Night Pop-In*: Warm your tummies with a wide selection of different noodles First and Last Mondays of December and January! In addition to a limited dinner menu, we will be serving the following noodle soups:
  • Devil’s Gulch Pork miso ramen
  • Dungeness Crab Tom Yum Noodle Soup
  • Liberty Duck Shoyu Ramen
  • Vegetarian Mixed Mushroom Umami Udon
  • Indonesian Mie Ayam Chicken Consommé with Egg Noodles
  • Namu’s Korean Style Spicy Ramyun with 4505 hot dog

*We are accepting reservations for all group sizes.  We are also accepting a limited number of reservations on noodle nights (only) for large groups (6 or more people) without a minimum or group dining booking normally required to guarantee seats for dinner service. Take advantage! Small deposit and cancellation policy will apply.


NYE December 31 Special 6-course Prix Fixe Menu with optional beverage pairing. Reservations fill up quickly so make yours today! Dietary restrictions accommodated with 48 hours advanced notice only (please specify in reservation notes if possible). Vegetarian and gluten free menu TBA.
  • $78 menu for reservations between 5pm-6pm
  • $88 menu for reservations after 6pm
NYE 2014 prix fixe, six course menu
  • winter vegetable canapé
  • crudo canapé
  • firm oyster, uni, natto, shiso, sam gak bap
  • radishes, kohlrabi, mizuna, caviar, buttery toast, ponzu gel, evoo
  • truffle udon noodle with mushroom dashi broth
  • xiao long bao – smoked pork belly, ginger, chicken, green onion 
  • grilled duck breast, sunchoke, brussel sprout, turnip
  • banana nutella bao, browned butter frosting
  • citrus jelly & mandarins
January 1 New Year’s Day Brunch from 10:30am-4pm! (no reservations, just stumble down)
In addition to our popular street food lunch menu, our brunch menu will include:
  • Bourbon challah french toast: vanilla, bourbon, egg, cream, cinnamon, fruit, sugar, marla bakery challah
  • Hangtown benedict: house made biscuit, fried oyster, house made bacon, hollandaise, home fries
  • Egg sando: marla bakery sourdough brioche, organic eggs, aioli, dijon, pickled daikon, soy glazed onion, kimchee relish, tomato, lettuce, home fries
  • Soju bloody mary & Michelada’s, using house made bloody mix
  • Mimosa by the pitcher or glass
  • Signature street food items: gamja fries, okonomiyaki, stonepot & more!

Namu brunch is every Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am-4pm!!! Come join us for our epic brunch menu. 



We will be closed:
  • December 24-25 
  • January 1 dinner service (we will be open for brunch!)
  • As usual, Monday’s all day & Tuesday lunch’s not included in the special event dates outlined above
Now taking reservations namu gaji via www.namusf.com and 415-431-namu

Need inspiration for your holiday shopping?
Wrap up some namu kimchee!  Now selling 12 oz jars for $10 at the following locations:
Chef Dennis Lee’s two-day process involves much care in brining, seasoning and hand mixing, to ensure every batch is as delicious as the last. Each batch is aged four weeks and carefully tumbled twice a week to promote a slow and even fermentation. This results in a ready to eat product with complex flavors that separate our kimchee from the rest.

We are devoted to maintaining this slow, careful process of making kimchee to provide a product worthy of mama Lee’s approval. Namu kimchee is a perfect spicy, tangy accompaniment to any savory dish.


Namu Merchandise!  All sizes available in our black american apparel hoodies ($55) and t-shirts ($25, t-shirts available in black or white) and canvas tote bags ($25)!
And for those who you can’t decide what gift to get…a Namu Gaji gift certificate is the perfect gift for anyone!
To get a gift certificate, stop by in person or fill out our gift certificate order form and fax it to 415-666-3553 or email it to Kim@namusf.com

To order any of the above merchandise, e-mail 
kim@namusf.com with your order specifications, name & phone number 

Plan an event with us!  
We cater holiday parties, office lunches, and more!
We offer customized delivery/pick-up cater orders ideal for office lunches of 15-400 people, full service off-site catering for weddings or special events of up to 150 guests, whole animal roasts for any outdoor event or BBQ, or the book the Namu Street Food Stand for quick service/outdoor event or private home. DIY Catering order form available upon request via Events Inquiry Form (pick up/delivery available until 6pm)


Full & Partial Restaurant Buy-Outs
Namu Gaji restaurant is available for buy-outs (up to 52 seated guests) and partial buy-outs (up to 18 seated guests) for holiday parties, birthday’s, family gathering’s or for any occasion.  

Family Style Group Dining

Group dining for parties of 6-12 guests is the best way to enjoy a family-style dinner at Namu Gaji. We course, pace, and portion your custom dinner to your needs. We believe every group dining experience is unique. From selecting dishes from our signature group-dining menu, we will work with you in customizing your Namu Gaji group dining experience. To guarantee a large party table, book at least 1 week in advance. Booking group dining is required to guarantee seats for more than 5 guests. 

We offer the following group dining options:

  • Happy Hour seating from 5:30pm to 7:30pm Tues-Thurs only ($40 per person menu) that includes 5 family style dishes plus dessert
  • Group Dining banquet seating at either 5:30pm to 8:00pm or 8:00pm to close ($55 per person) that includes 9 family style dishes plus dessert.
  • Optional add-ons are also available, such as fresh oysters, large format bo ssam, and Korean fried chicken.

Happy Hour $40 per person sample menu:

  • The “real” Korean taco, chicken, seasoned koshihikari rice, kimchee salsa, kimchee remoulade, toasted seaweed, nori
  • Gamja fries, organic hand cut potatoes, teriyaki, green onion, kimchee relish, gochujang, kewpie mayo, bulgogi beef
  • Napa salad, ponzu, nori, radish, pomegranate, shirataki noodles

  • Okonomiyaki, kimchee, oyster, yamaimo, cabbage, bonito, kewpie

  • Ramyun, handmade noodles, 4505 hot dog, panko crusted egg, kimchee, market veg, spicy broth
  • Coconut shave ice, chocolate mint drizzle, chocolate cookie crumble
Please submit group dining inquiries by filling out our Events Inquiry Form
Happy Holidays and New Year from the Namu Family!!!
3:15 pm - Tue, Jul 30, 2013

Namu Gaji + Magnolia = Outside Lands Summer Pairing Series!

This Sunday, August 4 we are pairing up with Magnolia Brewery in the Outside Lands Summer Pairings Series, to create an unforgettable beer-inspired menu, comprised of three pints, including, of course, Magnolia’s custom brew for Namu Gaji, Tillie’s Union Ale, and four courses: 2 canape, Korean tacos, suckling pork sisig, duck ramen and a beer-inspired dessert featuring ice cream from Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous.  $50 per person menu; reservations can be made through www.namusf.com.  This event is held in anticipation of San Francisco’s annual Outside Lands Music Festival, which we will attend for the sixth year in a row with our Namu Street Food Stall!  Reserve a table this Sunday! Go!

12:59 am - Sun, Dec 23, 2012

.::Namu Newsletter :: Dec’12 ::.

Namu News

This is our very first newsletter since our move from the Inner Richmond location to the Mission.  For those who don’t already know, after 5 years, Namu on Balbos St. closed Christmas 2011.  Our newest and most exciting project, Namu Gaji (means “tree branch”) has been open for almost 9 months now.  Man, how time flies!  We’ve seen most of our previous patrons at the new location, but for those that haven’t made it into Namu Gaji yet, we hope you’ll come say hi soon!  We have so much exciting news to share with you, we’ll have to share bits and pieces in the following 2013 newsletters.  With Christmas and NYE just around the corner, this newsletter is focused on the holidays.   

NYE Prix-Fixe

Come celebrate the beginning of 2013 with us during our special NYE prix-fixe only dinner.  We are offering reservations of four different seatings for parties up to five guests: 5:30-7pm, $58 for four courses; 7pm-8:30pm, $88 for six courses**; 8:30pm-10p, $78 for five courses*; and 10pm-close, $58 for four courses.  

NYE Prix-Fixe Menu:

  • Oyster, Uni, Caviar (individual)* 
  • “dduk guk” beef or veg, short rib soaked over night and pressure cooked, white beef bone broth, egg, roasted dduk, scallions (individual) 
  • Veggie course - brussel, romanesco, browned butter, fish sauce and meyer lemon, toasted pine nuts, capricious cheese (shared)
  • Long tajarin noodles (GF rice noodle) dungeness coulis, sea urchin butter, topped with sea urchin roe and grated bottarga, charred scallions (shared)**
  • Choice of: grilled fish with matsutake broth OR kobe style steak (individual)
  • Dessert – chocolate, sweet black soy bean, black and white sesame tuile

Make your reservation today before we get booked up!

Gift Certificate Stocking Stuffers

A Namu Gaji gift certificate is the perfect gift for anyone, especially the ones you can’t seem to think up a gift for.  Forget more junk for the trunk, during these busy holidays, give a loved one a chance to slow down with a memorable dining experience that’s unique, intimate, and delicious.  To get a gift certificate, stop by in person or fill out our gift certificate order form and fax it to 415-666-3553 or email it to Jennifer@NamuSF.com   

Apparel For Rep’N

Have you seen those Namu hoodies or T-shirts around and wondered how to get your hands on one?  Well, now you can.   Our first shipment of Namu Gaji hoodies and T-shirts are available for purchase.  Pick up at Namu Gaji during business hours or have items shipped to you.  Unisex sizes XS-XL are available in black or white t-shirts or black hoodies.  T-shirts and hoodies have a large logo on the back and a smaller logo on the front.  We will have these available for purchase via our “Online Marketplace” soon, but in the mean time, please stop by in person or email Jennifer@NamuSF.com for more details.  


^ back logo hoodie, black only, XS-XL, $55


^ tote bag, natural, $25


^ Back logo, black t-shirts XS-XL, $25


^ front logo, white t-shirts XS-XL, $25


^ front logo hoodie, black only, XS-XL, $55 

Namu Gaji holiday hours are as follows:

Dec 24th & 25th: CLOSED

Dec 31st: OPEN for NYE prix-fixe dinner reservations (normally closed on Mondays but open for a special NYE dinner service) 


Namu Gaji Regular Hours:

  • Lunch 11:30am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday
  • Happy Hour 5pm-6:30pm, Tuesday-Sunday
  • Dinner 6pm-10pm, Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday;  6pm-11pm Friday-Saturday

Namu Street Food Locations & Hours

While we’re updating you on hours, lets go ahead and update you on Namu Street Food.  For over 2 years we continue to set up our street food stand at the Ferry Building Farmers Market every Thursday and Saturday.  Our newest addition is the Marin Country Mart at Larkspur Landing on Saturdays.

Find Namu Street Food locations are as follows:

These Farmers Markets are year-round, rain or shine!

Reservations, Group Dining, & Catering

We’ve recently started taking limited reservations, which can be made through our website up to 2 weeks before the date for parties up to 4 guests.  Small groups are highly encouraged to “walk-in,” as most of our seating is available only on a first come first serve basis.  Please visit our reservations page for more details on reservations, large parties walk-ins, and booking group dining. 

Need food for your next party?  Check out our pick-up only catering site.  Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance.  Interested in having your holiday staff party at Namu Gaji?  Or in need of a Chef to cook a private dinner at your house?  Or possibly have our Namu Street food stand outside of your event?  Email our event coordinator at Misa@NamuSF.com for inquiries about a range of options including; full-service catering, pickup/drop-off catering,  street food stand set-up, partial or full buy-outs of Namu Gaji.      

Namu Farm

Namu Farm grows Korean and other Asian herbs and vegetables, organically, in a way that respects the land and its inhabitants. We use Korean Natural Farming techniques, collaborating with indigenous microorganisms, and working with the abundance present in our native ecosystem in Sunol. On our one acre plot, we do everything by hand, building beds manually with a broad fork, growing soil simultaneously with our crops. We make our own amendments, fermenting plant extracts, brewing compost teas and making oyster meal and fish emulsion.

In the last year, we grew a variety of vegetables that are difficult to find organic, even in the bay area. We used a lot of seed provided by the Lee family from Korea.

Currently we are harvesting turnips, a few kinds of Korean radishes for kimchee and pickling, edible chrysanthemum, bok choys, burdock root, and mustards.

-Kristyn Leach, Namu Farmer

Visit the Namu Farm blog to see what our farmers are up to.  (Some very VERY cool stuff!!!)


^ turnips


^ perilla aka ggaennip (korean shiso)



The road to becoming a sommelier really begins with mentorship. You look good in the suit, read like crazy, taste wine like crazy, work the floor of a respected restaurant, yet still speak and act a bit like a fool until your mentor gives you direction, and you finally follow that direction far enough. I am extremely fortunate to have had a mentor who more or less spoke to me in a series of “sommelier mantras.” I would ask questions, and in return he would repeat one of his famous quotes… Which frustrated me to no end, until I realized the profound gravity of his words.

Among the numerous quotes that he systematically branded into my consciousness is one that speaks to the philosophy behind his wine programs:

“Real sommeliers are judged by what they’ve got around $40 and under. Anyone can buy good expensive wine, but it takes skill to make a compelling selection of inexpensive wines. Moreover, when the inexpensive wines are that good, it makes your guests wonder just how good the expensive stuff is.”

It is with this in mind that I put together the list at Namu Gaji. Obsessing more over the thirty-six dollar bottle than over the two hundred dollar one, and offering superior value even at the extreme-high-end is what the program is all about. So while a glass of wine might only cost you nine bucks, it was likely made by a master, at the top of their field, from old vines, farmed organically. Moreover, we offer an insane selection of “reserve” bottlings, often at prices that simply do not exist elsewhere. One might look at a hundred and forty dollar price tag on an old Burgundy and think “too rich for my blood”… But in reality, that same wine is sold for more than twice that price elsewhere in the city. Providing access to these rare wines is something I am proud of. And while we do not make much money on those bottles, what it does do is encourage those who are passionate about wine and food to come and give us a try. That is worth a lot more than a few extra bucks in the margin.

So whether you’re celebrating with a bottle of crazy Champagne or slurping some oysters down with a crisp glass of Muscadet, know that you’re getting, hopefully, a bit more than your money’s worth. We do it for the joy of sharing quality wines with people who care about them. Besides, if we didn’t, my mentor would probably have something to say about it.

-Collin-Peter Casey, Wine Program Director, Sommelier

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