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Namu - Mixed Review

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nsheth Dec 9, 2010 12:53 PM

A few of us went to Namu last night. I've been there in the past, and have generally liked the food (with the exception of their Korean fried chicken, which I found almost inedible).

Around the table, we ordered a couple burgers, a couple bowls of ramen, some of their mushroom dumplings, a stone pot (bibimbap-like) dish, some brussel sprouts, and a couple desserts.

The burger was liked all around the table. I've had it before, and really enjoyed it (cooked a good bit past my requested doneness, but still very good).

We were excited about the ramen - the menu states only 6 bowls available a night, and we snagged the last 2. In previous trips there, I've always been too late to get a bowl. All in all, it was probably one of the least successful ramen bowls I've had in recent memory. They were out of pork belly, so they substituted with tonkatsu, which was fine. There was a panko-crusted fried egg on top, which was very good. Nothing else in the bowl worked for me. The broth was a bit flat, boring. There were some pickled green beans, which clashed with everything. The kimchee didn't seem to belong. All in all, a pretty disappointing bowl. Anybody else have any reports on it? Not sure if things were just "off" last night . . .

Everything else we had was very good. I'd definitely go back, if just for the burger and appetizers.

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Namu
439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

  1. DezzerSF Dec 10, 2010 07:36 AM

    Never liked their ramen either.

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      Amy G Dec 9, 2010 02:43 PM

      The ramen at Namu is not good. However, the nightly soupy stew in the stone pot (not the bim bim bap) is worth the hefty price tag because it serves at least 4 people and has always been delicious.

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      Namu
      439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

      1. Melanie Wong Dec 9, 2010 01:04 PM

        That's almost identical to my take on the ramen too, was readying a post. the egg is fantastic, but too many flavor clashes in the bowl and the noodles while housemade are soggy. Namu continues to be one of my favorite spots, but I won't be ordering the ramen again.

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        Namu
        439 Balboa Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

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