There's nothing quite like Sh?j? in Chinatown, but that's all about to change when the new restaurant soft-opens this Monday, July 23. Sh?j? will do lunch from 11am to 3pm, small bites from 3pm to 6pm, then dinner, and a late-night menu from 11pm to 1:30am. Dishes like the Sh?j? burger with shiitakes, Parmesan crisps and tomato chutney range from $5 and $20. Other menu items include suckling pig bao with shaved cucumber and in-house kimchi and halibut crusted with wasabi peas and served with Asian slaw and puree of pickled ginger. As Chowder reported earlier, there will be sake appreciation classes, and many of the craft cocktails will feature the stuff, too.
The decor in the 47-seat restaurant is touted as "industrial chic," meaning tabletops and a bar made from reclaimed wood plus exposed brick and metal light fixtures. Given the lineup of events planned here, it sounds like Sh?j? will serve as a new breed of hip hangout for this part of town. Per a rep, owner Brian Moy says he hopes the restaurant challenges fixed perceptions of Chinatown's offerings.