The Michelin-starred menu at Mister Jiu's has all the flavors of traditional Chinese cuisine with a bit of a twist: Think tea-smoked duck, 90-day dry-aged ribeye pepper steak, pork potstickers with butternut squash, and authentic sweets like brûleed dan tat (egg custard tart) and jian dui (fried sesame balls). The interiors are just as stunning as the food. The space is airy and modern—alabaster palette trimmed in deep hues of emerald and charcoal. Overhead hang golden lotus chandeliers.
Chinatown is having a moment. Once the stomping grounds of tourists checking off the best things to do in SF and Chinese immigrants, the area—which encompasses 24 square blocks and five zip codes—is now a bustling mecca for foodies. The decades-old Chinese restaurants, from hole-in-the-wall bakeries to hidden clay pot and noodle restaurants, are still there, but there has also been a recent insurgence of fine dining establishments. Amid the tea tasting, fortune cookie factory, and cheap trinkets, restaurants in Chinatown are drawing in visitors with their modern new menus.
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