At some point last year I gathered about ten of my coworkers and walked to the JapaCurry truck, only to walk ten very disappointed and hungry coworkers back to the office because the line for the truck stretched down the block. Luckily, back in October, the fine folks of the JapaCurry truck opened a new izakaya right where Mission Dolores, Hayes Valley and the Lower Haight meet. And after a particularly entertaining evening with my girlfriends at the Sex and the City Drag show, we headed over to Izakaya Roku for some delicious Japanese fare.
Everything we had was delicious, but the Nikumaki Onigiri stood out as the real star of the evening. Nikumaki onigiri are riceballs wrapped with beef marinated in sugar, soy sauce, mirin and sake and they come three to a plate for just $6. At $2 per onigiri, it doesn’t get any better than that! It’s filling comfort food…with a decent serving of rice wrapped in a very thin marinated piece of beef. For a full meal, add on the black ramen (garlic), karaage (the Japanese version of fried chicken), tsukune chicken skewers and the bacon-wrapped mochi. Next time, I’ll be trying the yakitori chicken skin too…yum! The wait was already long (~35 minutes), but not forever, so get there before word gets out. At these prices ($20 for food each) and this level of deliciousness, the lines are bound to get longer.
Izakaya Roku (website), 1819 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 415.861.6500
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