There are two sides to San Francisco: the bright and sunny, collared-shirted, tourist-friendly Tony Bennett side, and the mysterious and foggy, tattooed, hard-partying Metallica side.
Roka Akor is like that too.
Slated to open tomorrow, this two-story space offers two completely different experiences.
Suggest a working lunch in the sunny main floor dining room, where floor-to-ceiling views of the street compete with views of your lamb cutlets with Korean spices cooking on California's largest robata grill (yes, that's the 20-foot rectangle Brazillian granite with the fire shooting out of it).
If you have a boring boss, the dual views ensure that you'll have plenty of distractions should you want to put your brain on autopilot. But if you have a fun boss — the kind who suggests you blow off the afternoon — you know just the place.
Lead him past the concrete bamboo forest and downstairs to a windowless whiskey bar with barkeeps trading the now ubiquitous bowtie for a neat apron, and vintage Rolling Stones standards providing the soundtrack.
Grab a seat at the L-shaped walnut bar and order a pour of Japanese whiskey (Ichiro is always a solid bet) to get you started. Then order another. But beware: this is the kind of place where time — and booze — disappears.
The moment of truth will come with the bill; time to find out exactly how cool your boss really is.
Parking: Metered street
Nearby: Cotogna; Comstock Saloon; Kokkari