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As Tablehopper reports this week, a new late-night sushi and izakaya spot has just opened in SoMa called Dragon Horse, in the former Izakaya Hon space at 917 Folsom (at 5th). The place serves cocktails, with a menu by Derrick Li, who has previously worked at Blind Pig and Cold Drinks (above China Live). It's now open Wednesday to Monday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and you can see the drunk-friendly menu here.
But beyond the drinks, Mins Group is also ensuring there will be food available for customers into the late-night hours. It’s a menu that incorporates sushi rolls, sashimi, and nigiri with izakaya food, such as ginger chicken tsukune skewers, gyoza dumplings, and even tori paitan ramen. Given that there will be food available late into the night, alongside some unique cocktails, Choe hopes the new spot will be a go-to spot for industry folks and locals alike. “I think this is huge after COVID happened, now with bars closing at midnight now,” Choe says. “Industry people work in a restaurant that closes at 11. They need a place they can hang out, and I think this will be it.”
Dragon Horse features cocktails from The Blind Pig in addition to drinks specific to Dragon Horse.
The bartender and owner, Derrick, is an award winning mixologist and it shows in the creativity, complexity, textural interplay, and balance of the cocktails.
10/10 across the board with no weak point in any drink. Loved the philosophy of showcasing Asian ingredients and flavors front and center vs. having Asian ingredients and flavors as the accent on the side. Every drink I ordered was spectacular but what particularly stood out was the Kumamoto's Sunshine, Greenland Pig, and Smoke Umami.
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