“Alright, here goes,” I said as I tried my best to squeeze the crispy garlic rice bun sandwich with overflowing short rib meat into my mouth. I struggled to take a complete bite without spilling the meat and lettuce however immediately, my mouth was blessed with the sweet taste of the short ribs laced with korean barbeque sauce. The sesame vinaigrette lettuce was a nice compliment to the crunchy, grainy, garlic buns.
The KoJa is a Korean-Japanese fusion sandwich that takes a unique twist with crispy garlic rice buns. Though extremely delicious and mouthwatering, the short rib Koja is hard to eat from the start. The insides are guaranteed to overflow, leaving your hands stained and sticky with sauce. As you progress through the sandwich, the sauce seeps through the lettuce to the end of the bun, leaving you with a wet, soggy last bite. Although extremely messy, the taste is exceptionally flavorful that you must forgive its filthy flaw. Additionally, I chose the strawberry mango mint lemonade to accompany my koja sandwich. It was the perfect combination of fruity and refreshing to satisfy my meal.
KoJa Kitchen is a casual, sit down food joint. The atmosphere is very easygoing yet not as informal as any other fast food restaurant. The staff keeps it professional, credible, and enjoyable with top 40 hits playing in the background. Immediately as you walk in you are greeted with a large menu that displays all your options. If you want to keep yourself away from the crowd deciding what to eat, they have additional menus on hand by the register. To order, you walk up to the cashier and are handed a number and restaurant pager. Although you do not get a formal waiter to lead you to your table, you have the freedom to sit wherever you please. There are tables that seat two to four people and long benches to accommodate larger parties. They have high quality customer service complete with a cashier who greets you with a pleasant smile, and staff members walking around to check up on you and your meal. For me personally, KoJa Kitchen was a great restaurant and environment to have lunch with a good friend.
343 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94118