Brandon Jew’s long-awaited Mister Jiu’s opened in April in Chinatown, hidden down a historic alley in an 1800s building. Jew’s visionary Chinese-American cuisine reflects an only-in-S.F. sensibility, marked by floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of Chinatown all the way to the Bay Bridge. In the sleek Tokyo-reminiscent bar up front, beverage director and bar manager Danny Louie (from the now-closed Chino) harnesses his S.F. and Chinese-American roots with innovative cocktails, initially themed around Chinese symbols of fortune, from longevity to joy. Some showcase textured Chinese teas and other unique ingredients like haw, from the Chinese hawthorn plant.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Happiness, exhibiting all the tannins of jasmine tea with Anchor Distilling’s Junipero gin, sour apple, honey, lime and a touch of gentian. Wisdom is all about a light creamy-frothy harmony, mixing La Favorite rhum, orgeat, green tea, lime, passion fruit and lemongrass steeped sous-vide in milk.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: In the dining room, $69 five-course banquet menus reign. But there’s a special bar-only menu with pan-fried buns packed with bamboo, mushrooms, kale and tofu, plus prawn milk bread toast.