Mister Jiu's, Chinatown's new restaurant from chef Brandon Jew, officially opens tomorrow, April 12.
The 85-seat restaurant is designed around a banquet-style menu, served family-style atop midcentury-inspired Lazy Susan tables. It's all about the interaction here, with platters of dishes like salt and pepper Monterey squid with fennel and kumquat, and Four Seas fried chicken with sorrel, hot mustard and chili rotating past diners' plates. Desserts from pastry all-star Melissa Chou (Mourad, Quince) channel Chinese ingredients into new configurations, like a black sesame cake with rosebud mousse, strawberry confit, and ginger.
Danny Louie (Chino, Alembic) is behind the cocktail list, which integrates ingredients like jasmine tea; John Herbstritt heads up the wine list, which includes wine from mainly California and France, relying on his extensive relationships with local producers.
The menu offers five courses with three or four choices per course for $69; there's also the option to level up, adding another course like tea smoked Liberty duck with pancakes and hoisin sauce for an additional $40/half duck.
Starting Tuesday, the restaurant will be open from 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday-Saturday. The bar opens at 5 p.m.