Brought to us by the Japacurry truck folks, Roku is a good-time Japanese joint. The food is often fried, such as the addictive chicken nanban served with tartar sauce, though the devil tofu—punched up with togarashi, ginger, and chili oil—is excellent, too. The patrons are almost all tipsy—so join in, loosen up your vocal chords with a bit of sake, and then go down the block to The Mint for some karaoke and a cocktail or two. You’ll be belting out “Call Me Maybe” in no time.
Roku, 1819 Market St. (at Pearl St.) 415-861-6500; The Mint, 1942 Market St. (at Buchanan St.), 415-626-4726.
Originally published in the February 2013 issue of San Francisco Magazine