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Tour San Francisco's Glitzy, Cantonese Hakkasan

The top of the bar, again
The top of the bar, again

[Photo: Aubrie Pick]

Yesterday Eater got a hard hat tour of the site of future glitzy modern Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan. The high-end chain already has outposts in New York, London, Miami, Mumbai, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, and will be bringing many of the signature design elements to the empty space shown above. Richard Toshio Miyashiro (Martini House, Kitchen Door) is on board here as West Coast operations director, and says this Hakkasan will be just as transportive as the others. Think glowing blue glass, polished stainless steel, signature incense, house music a la in-house music program "Hakkasound," and wooden "caging." Although they had to make several design concessions due to the historic nature of the space.

Executive chef, Shainghai-born Ho Chee Boon just wrapped up his first whirlwind tour of San Francisco, looking for local talent to bring to the kitchen. Boon won a Michelin star for the Hakkasan in London, but the three month old New York outpost hasn't exactly gotten a glowing reception among the city's critics. As such, the chef de cuisine here carries a lot of weight. Miyashiro adds that Boon was floored by the Ferry Building farmers market, and the menu here will be Hakkasan's most seasonal yet. That probably means the popular Chilean seabass daikon roll should get axed.

Hakkasan%20Room.jpgMiyashiro says the search is still on for a local bar manager, pastry chef, and head sommelier, although they've already nabbed a GM, Amgad Wahba from Parallel 37.

Do note, the project has been billed at 7 million dollars total, so they can do things like source the leather on the banquettes from Shanghai, then ship it to Paris to be custom-died before it comes to San Francisco. Luxurious restrooms will include a personal sink in each stall.

Unique to San Francisco-things include the 25-seat V-shaped bar, which will be a focal point of the design at 1 Kearny. Diners will be faced with the point of the bar upon entering, with the lounge area on the left, facing Market Street, and the dining room on the right, facing Kearny. Do take some time to peruse photos of the hard hat tour above, and compare them to the renderings below. There are lots of juicy details in the captions.

[Courtesy of Gilles & Boissier]

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