Empress by Boon, San Francisco’s newest, must-visit epicurean destination opened in the heart of historic Chinatown, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon. Armed with nearly 30 years of expertise in the culinary world, Malaysia-born Chef Boon is best known as the long-time executive chef of upscale international Chinese chain Hakkasan.
Old-meets-new in this expansive 7,500 square-foot space remodelled by UK firm Atelier LLYS; it features contemporary elements dotted with repurposed fixtures from its legendary predecessor, Empress of China, such as its exquisitely carved panels and the original wooden pergola. Multiple dining rooms, the tea lounge and the bar accords diners breath-taking vistas of the city’s skyline from downtown to the Bay from three vantage points at this 156-seater rooftop restaurant.
With the opening of his namesake restaurant, Chef Boon is excited to create and introduce his culinary perspective of elegant and modern Cantonese delights by combining traditional techniques with fresh, organic ingredients from the restaurant’s own farm in Gilroy, California. He surmises that it is “the perfect way to offer a farm-to-table experience like no other in San Francisco, aside from serving great food, providing attentive service and a lively atmosphere.”
Long Live The Empress!