The opening date was set and announced last week, and tonight, Tuesday, April 12, marks the public debut of Brandon Jew's first solo restaurant, Mister Jiu's. For the SF native, it marks a conscious return to Chinatown where he can remember shopping with his grandmother, and an homage to banquet restaurants where his family rang in holidays, like the recently passed Chinese New Year.
While you won't find tons of red or kitschy lanterns or brightly painted dragons, you will find gold chandeliers, bare wood, and mid-century inspired bare wood tables with glass Lazy Susans in the center which are just a practical necessity when you're sharing things family-style.
The Chronicle ran a front-page story about the restaurant on Sunday, and the significance of it in efforts to revitalize Chinatown, noting that after years of buzz and construction delays, "the pressure has been mounting on Jew to get this right." And it's also "the first high-profile restaurant to open in Chinatown in decades," arriving in a building from the 1880's that was once home to one of the neighborhood's OG restaurants, Hang Far Low, and more recently banquet spot Four Seas.
Below you'll find the opening menu, which shows Jiu's melding of his modern training, his heritage, and an eye on seasonal California ingredients. To start, diners get five courses for $69, with the dish for each course chosen by the table, and additional courses available for $12 per person.
You also probably won't want to miss pastry chef Melissa Chou's desserts, which come a la carte for $13.
Mister Jiu's - 28 Waverly Place, between Clay and Sacramento, and between Grant and Stockton -