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Sunset, by Amy McConnell
Next time you're in the mood for something a bit more
cosmopolitan than a cosmopolitan, head for San Francisco's
RoHan Lounge, a Korean fusion restaurant where the beverage
of choice is soju, an Asian liquor distilled from sweet
potatoes, rice, or barley. Although RoHan is the first
restaurant in the Bay Area to promote soju as a specialty
beverage, it's one of many where the 48-proof liquor can
now be found. A 1999 law permits California restaurants
with beer and wine licenses to serve soju as well, since,
like beer and wine, it is traditionally consumed with
meals. At RoHan you can order the vodkalike soju straight
up in a "flight"--four different types, each
with subtle flavor nuances. But soju is also great in
cocktails--its flavor is mild, but it's got a kick. Rolan
Reichel, co-owner of RoHan, predicts that soju is here
to stay. "It's the biggest drink in Asia," he
says, "and a billion people can't be wrong."
RoHan Lounge ($; dinner only, Tue-Sun; 3809 Geary Blvd.,
San Francisco; www.rohanlounge.com or 415/221-5095) sells
soju, as do Korean and Japanese markets.
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