Chefs at Raku concoct authentic Asian dishes in traditional Korean and Japanese style, served on rough-hewn wooden tables lit by elegantly patterned paper lanterns. House specialty tonkatsu, pan-fried crispy pork loin, graces the menu with its unrepentant tanning habits ($8.95). Traditional Japanese-style ramen comes in a variety of soothing favorites, with combinations such as soy-based broth, peas, ramen, and tender pork ($7.95). Asian favorites such as steamed pork-belly buns draped with hoisin sauce ($3.95) or hearty donburi dishes mingling meat, vegetables, and rice ($6.95+) sate the secret desires of shy palates, and imported Asahi beer cascades from its cold draft. Raku is open until midnight on Sunday–Thursday and until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights for extended gatherings of friends, family, and lukewarm coworkers.
Lasers slice through the air as karaoke singers belt out ballads at Tofu Village Korean BBQ, where private karaoke rooms host up to 30 guests at a time. Take a break from the singing to munch on housemade tofu served in Korean dishes such as the fiery yukgaejang soup.
Korean tacos are a wildly popular fusion dish on the West Coast, which explains why many of Blossom Tree’s tacos exhibit a distinctly Californian influence. Complement your grilled shrimp taco with an exotic beverage such as brown-rice green tea.