Chef/owner Brandon Jew makes San Francisco's iconic Chinatown a destination-worthy enclave with his long-loved and consistently impressive dining hall.
Mister Jiu’s is bright, airy, and fitted out with dramatic brass lotus chandeliers that hang overhead. Food is served family style, thereby making it ideal for groups, but solo diners can rest easy as they will certainly enjoy the sleek bar up front, pouring a litany of enticing cocktails with such virtuous names as "Tranquility" and "Happiness." Chef Jew's cooking at his flagship resturant focuses on Cantonese cuisine spiced by the occasional Sichuan specialty bearing hyper-seasonal local produce and a liberating dash of creativity. Organic smoked tofu, for instance, is tossed with summer-sweet cherry tomatoes and plump shelling beans; while fluffy fried rice is studded with yellow summer squash, lap cheong, and topped with Petrale sole treated in the style of salted cod. "Mouthwatering" medallions of rabbit loin wrapped in ramps and paired with crisped legs all dressed with a spiced peanut- and chili oil-sauce is assuredly—mouthwatering.
Revelers may head to the ultra-cool and retro Moongate Lounge for fun bites and divine drinks.