Sudachi Sushi & Korean BBQ’s menu brims with classic teriyaki and bulgogi as well as eclectic variants such as chicken katsu quesadillas and vegetable teriyaki burritos. Chefs assemble a slate of premium sushi rolls with names such as the Rodeo Roll, What the Heck Roll, and Las Vegas Roll.
Ahn Sushi & Soju stocks barren bellies with fresh Japanese and Korean menu items reeled in from all corners of the oceanic fish bowl, and slakes gullets with sake and signature soju cocktails, colossal libations mixed in hollowed fruits. The unagi sushi's barbecue-infused eel ($5) seduces taste buds while a quintet of toro sashimi ($25.95) softly croons melodies of the seafaring life. Take piscatorial matters into your own hands with the bento box combo dinner, which cordons off a trio of customer-culled fare, such as a crab-stuffed california roll, tangy chicken teriyaki, or a spicy tuna roll ($17.95). Chefs draw upon Korean muses to craft the boneless beef jumuluck kalbi, bathed in a special house sauce ($19.95), or the saeng kalbi, charcoal barbecued short ribs ($19.95).
Stone's proprietors set out to share Korean dishes inspired by their families' familiar recipes. All food is prepared in-house, including dumplings made by hand every morning and kalbi marinated overnight, every night. Warm up appetites for dinner with Stone fried chicken wings tossed in a house sauce ($7) or crispy tofu, fried and served with a sweet garlic soy sauce ($5). Entrees are as plentiful and diverse as a raging Technicolor snowstorm. Try the hwae dup bap, the local fish of the day served sashimi style with tobiko, fresh greens, and veggies over steamed rice ($14.50). Noodles swim in the ja jang myun's bean sauce, served with pork, zucchini, onions, and cucumbers ($10.50). Keeping in line with traditional values, Stone Korean Kitchen's chefs use only the freshest local produce and highest-quality meats.
Where to Sit: You won’t find any tables at this tiny hole-in-the-wall, so be prepared to take your meal to go.
When to Go: There’s usually a line out the door during peak lunch hours, though it moves fast. If you don't want to wait, go for a late lunch.
While You're in the Neighborhood: After lunch, explore more than 6,000 pieces of animated art at the Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Sample more Korean fusion dishes, including bulgogi enchiladas and oyster-kimchi po’ boys, at HRD (521A 3rd Street).
Theirs is the kind of glamour usually witnessed only from afar: the five-inch heels, the sequined gowns, the runway-ready hair and makeup, the perfectly synchronized dance moves. But after the show is over, the performers?all transgender ladies?stop by your table and ask if you'd like a drink. At Asia SF, these divas split their time between the runway that crosses the dining room and their other role as wait staff. Since opening in 1998, the shows have made AsiaSF a prime spot for birthdays, bachelorette parties, and anyone who just needs to let out a few whoops. USA Today placed it on their 10 Best list of the city's top early-evening entertainment, and it made the San Francisco Chronicle's list of the city's 100 best restaurants three years in a row.
Each two-hour dinner service includes two shows with an intermission and a multi-course meal. The menu is filled with a decidedly Californian twist on Asian cuisine, from Southeast Asian dishes such as tamarind chicken satay and coconut Malaysian diver scallops to meals that cast a wider cultural net, such as filet mignon with Korean-inspired dipping sauce and Japanese veggies. Signature cocktails and glasses poured from an extensive wine list reflect different colors as light panels on the walls shift hue. On Friday and Saturday nights, the dinner show also includes entry to the dance club on the lower level, where the party continues on into the night.
Playground serves up classic Korean dishes and a few American standards, whether you’re fueling up before a long night of karaoke or stopping in for a few happy hour bites. Bibimbap comes in beef or spicy seafood varieties, while a house sauce sweetens thin-sliced bulgogi. Shareable finger foods, such as popcorn chicken and garlic fries, make grabbing a bite between songs easy.
Soju—a Korean spirit that’s generally made with rice—is similar to vodka but lower in ABV. This smooth liquor dominates the drink menu and can be ordered on its own or in one of many tantalizing fruity cocktails, such as lychee or mango. But it’s not all about soju. The drink list also offers domestic and European beers, along with Korean brews like Hite and OB. A full liquor selection rounds out the choices, including 17 different whiskey options.
Guests gather in Playground’s private karaoke rooms, which can hold up to 20 people or 5 hyenas. Lyrics flicker on a flat-screen television as singers croon, cushioned by leather banquettes. Note that a food and beverage minimum applies to private room rental.