In the heart of San Francisco’s historic Chinatown district, Mister Jiu's has taken over the famous Four Seas restaurant, and is reimagining the Chinese banquet experience. Among many very special details of the project, chef owner Brandon Jew is working with local organic Bay Area farmers to grow Chinese vegetables on home turf. Brandon trained extensively throughout China, Italy and California, and all heavily influence his cuisine.
“I really want locals to experience San Francisco Chinatown again,” said Brandon. “This is what San Francisco Chinese food is: some references from our families, our training, our travels, and inspiration from this neighborhood -- they all impact the experience and the food.”
Every design detail, from small to large, is considered and personal to the space: estate sale finds of Chinese pottery, statues, lighting and artwork are peppered throughout the restaurant, local Firestone tile wraps the open kitchen, and a 20 ft-long, 6-ft tall black and white installation by artist Afton Love flanks an entire wall. Original windows and a fire escape along Grant Street reveal a view of Chinatown’s famous bright red hanging lanterns. “I wanted a space that felt current, but with a lot of references to mid-century modern design: That was the era when Chinatown was in its hey-day. Chinatown’s glory days.”
Location: 28 Waverly Place, San Francisco, CA 94108