Mister Jiu’s, the Chinatown restaurant from Brandon Jew, has leapt into the Michelin fray with one star, after less than one year of operation. The restaurant made a splash earlier this year by bringing a modern approach to the flavors and techniques of Chinese cuisine.
Dishes like smoked Hodo tofu, tea smoked Liberty farm duck, and pork dumplings in squid ink wrappers have changed diners’ expectations, including Michelin. And per usual, Michelin loves a good pedigree: Jew has spent time in some of San Francisco’s most prestigious kitchens, including Quince, Zuni, and Bar Agricole.
While it is rare for a restaurant that has been open for less than a year to earn a star, it is not unheard of; Michelin awards stars to chefs who it believes will be confident and motivated enough to maintain it, rather than become stabilized by the accolade. The talented team in the kitchen, including pastry star Melissa Chou, has opened up Chinatown to a new set of diners, which clearly includes Michelin inspectors. Get in while you can.