Need a place for a quick bite and drinks after your tough work week in the FiDi? Well, if you don’t mind spending a little for some high quality bar food, we found such a place for happy hour. Roka Akor, once Michelin recommended, has been on my list for quite some time. Given that it was Friday afternoon with no plans made and a few friends ready to start the weekend, we decided to check out their happy hour.
The restaurant was huge in comparison to most Japanese restaurants in the city and that was only the upstairs. We headed downstairs to the bar, where I’d like to think we all belong. I mean we, as in us soon to be drunks. Away from the public eye and away from the classier patrons in the dining room. Okay, I may be going overboard. The downstairs was setting was still pretty nice and large. Plenty of small tables surrounded by lounge seatings with one bar stealing the center stage. We found seating easily and had plenty of attention from the wait staff.
Although the full menu was offered, their happy hour selection gave you a good sampling of their menu. We had to order at least one thing off the dinner menu. Not to say the discounted selection was bad, it wasn’t. It’s just their dinner menu looked pretty damn good. I couldn’t pass up trying at least one thing. You won wait staff. Now I have to come back for dinner.
801 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 (415) 362-8887
Verdict: For happy hour food and drinks it’s a great deal. If you’re looking to mingle, you’ll have larger crowds elsewhere.
It was still early on a Friday night so I think two bartenders would suffice for the early crowd. I can't imagine how this would hold up later in the night.
Crispy tacos filled with shrimp and scallop ceviche? Sign me up. Overall, not a bad combination. It does get a bit sloppy when you bite in. But they were small enough to keep things manageable.
Escolar folded around white asparagus and topped with a yuzu dressing. Tangy, light, with a crunch from the asparagus.
Salmon roll with yuzu aoili topped with sliced avocado. Not very interesting, though the cuts of salmon were generous. Again, I'm not a big fan of rolls.
Now this was a surprise, fries with chopped parsley and loads of aged parmesan. The truffle oil was not overpowering so that aged parmesan came through with those crispy fries.
Pork and tiger shrimp dumplings were tasty. The skin was thin and crispy, while the mix of pork and shrimp came through each bite. I wish they gave us more. But hey, it's happy hour.
Okay, here's what I ordered off the menu. A 6oz wagyu steak cooked on a flat iron topped with maitake mushrooms and served along side an egg yolk sauce to be eaten sukiyaki style. That is, break the yolk, smother your slice of meat in it and you'll be in heaven.
Look at that redness. It's as tender and juicy as you can imagine. Oh it was so good and cooked to perfection.