âI want to make a positive contribution to the people of this great city that I love so much and to those who visit San Francisco for work or leisure,â said Chef Ho. âCooking for people gives me the most joie de vivre and I missed it a lot this year. I can’t wait to share my vision and bring new joy and excitement to Chinatown and the Empress.
Prior to launching an a la carte menu, Chef Ho will present a prix fixe menu that includes modern Cantonese dishes made with fresh, local ingredients from the restaurant’s own organic farm in Gilroy, CA, as well as an extensive menu. wines and cocktail and tea service. .
Chef Ho assembled a core management team of experienced professionals, including Managing Director James Minch; pastry chef Rory MacDonald, formerly of Dessert Bar, Gordon Ramsey and Hakkasan; Haley Moore, CEO and Founder of Acquire, who will oversee the wine program; Emily Parian as a bar manager and quintessential artisan of unique and alluring cocktails; and Private Events Manager Elissa Ma. Macdonald will offer an organized dessert menu that complements and enhances Chef Ho’s modern Cantonese menu.
Chef Ho is a Michelin-starred chef with nearly 30 years of experience in many of the world’s most renowned Asian restaurants. Born in Malaysia, Chef Ho is the former international executive chef of Hakkasan and has opened several of its most famous restaurants in the world, including Hakkasan Hanway Place in London, Yauatcha Soho London, Turandot in Moscow and Breeze in Bangkok. He moved to the United States in 2012 to start Hakkasan New York. His international culinary expertise transforms any restaurant and its cuisine into a true epicurean experience. Chef Ho’s traditional techniques combine fresh ingredients from local suppliers to produce dishes that are both contemporary and with the essence of traditional Cantonese cuisine.
Imagined by British design studio Atelier LLYS, the restaurant will feature modern elements as well as restored elements from the location’s predecessor, including the beautifully carved panels and the original wooden pergola, which will adorn the new lounge bar. . Occupying the top floor of the iconic Grant Avenue building in the heart of Chinatown, the restaurant offers stunning views of the neighborhood and the city skyline from three vantage points. As each view is different, Atelier LLYS has designed spaces with distinct atmospheres that highlight the unique aspects of each perspective.
Empress by Boon will present tableware from RUYI, contemporary Chinese tableware from the French brand LEGLE. Chef Ho’s exquisite preparations and exquisite tableware become linked, allowing diners to experience the prosperity, elegance and happiness of a good Chinese meal.
Empress by Boon will adhere to San Francisco’s COVID-19 safety measures and restoration policies, including limiting table capacity, enforcing social distancing, and requiring face masks when you are not eating or do not drink. Chef Ho and his team will maintain restaurant standards and guest expectations while prioritizing the health and safety of staff and guests.
Empress by Boon is located at 838 Grant Avenue (between Washington Street and Clay Street). The prix-fixe opening menu is available for dinner on June 18 (Monday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.) at USD68 ++ and can be reserved through OpenTable or by calling 415.757.0728.