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Eight Tables, An Elaborate Yet Intimate Fine Dining Experience
Drawing from Chinese culinary history and a recent renaissance of epicurean magnitude in China, George Chen opens fine dining concept Eight Tables on the second level of China Live. Drawing inspiration from shifan tsui ("private chateau cuisine"), the experience is like visiting a private home for a banquet prepared by a top chef. The $225 10-course tasting menu presents Chinese fine dining in modern interpretations through a San Francisco lens. For example, opening dishes may include velvet chicken with Burgundy truffles and matsutake mushrooms with veal soya jus, and red braised pork belly with tea quail egg and yuba knots. There is also an optional wine pairing for an additional $125. // China Live, 644 Broadway (Russian Hill), eighttables.com
Foxsister Presents Korean Bites With Booze
Foxsister, a new Korean restaurant and bar in the Mission, opens with Chef Brandon Kirksey (of Flour+Water and Slanted Door) at the helm. Try authentic Korean anju (drinking snacks) alongside soju cocktails and slushies, wines, and a rotating program of local and imported beers. The menu is family style and includes spicy fried chicken, handmade noodles and rice cakes, ribs, bulgogi, pancakes and hotpots. All fermented items and spicy miso paste are made in house by Kirksey. // 3161 24th St (Mission), foxsistersf.com
Celebrate Golden Week at Hakkasan
Golden Week is one of China's largest annual national holidays, marking the founding of the Republic of China. Hakkasan is celebrating with a special collaborative menu from the group's executive chef, Tong Chee Hwee, and chef Dabiz Muñoz of StreetXO in London. The duo will create Cantonese-meets-Spanish dishes with delicious mashups like hot and sour soup with foie gras, lamb dumpling with chocolate and mint, Spanish tortilla dim sum with truffle and quail egg, and stir-fry rib eye with gnocchi. Though they're celebrating the seven days of Golden Week, the menu will be available from October 9th through 22nd. // 1 Kearny St (Union Square), hakkasan.com
Ottolenghi and Helen Goh's Sweet Indulgence at JCCSF
Join Yotam Ottolenghi and pastry chef Helen Goh as they share stories of their culinary backgrounds at the Jewish Community Center (JCCSF). They have a new cookbook out called Sweet which includes 120 recipes for, you guessed it, desserts. In the book, the two chefs divulge their secrets for recipes like chocolate, banana and pecan cookies, rosemary olive oil orange cake, flourless chocolate layer cake with coffee, walnut, and rosewater, and cinnamon pavlova with praline cream. Premium tickets include a signed copy of Sweet and a catered reception. // Tuesday October 3rd, 3200 California St. (Presidio Heights); get tickets at jccsf.org.
California Cuisine at Toy Soldier in Belden Place
Step into Toy Soldier's warm dining room for a house-brewed beer and comfort cuisine. The new restaurant, featuring Californian fare, includes items like rabbit arancini, lobster escargot, IPA-braised beef short ribs, and warm Brussels sprouts caesar salad. Created by chef and co-owner Fred Turner, the space goes beyond a dining room to offer a full bar, upstairs lounge, outdoor dining area, and onsite micro-brewery with 14 beers on tap. // 52 Belden Place (FiDi), toysoldiersf.com