Some things just have it. Riley Curry, DJ Khaled’s Snapchat, all things Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tonga Room after your third mai tai. It’s impossible to put your finger on why these things have It, they just hit all the right notes. Mister Jiu’s take on Chinese food has it, and we have fallen hard.
The menu at this Chinatown restaurant, which throws unusual ingredients into the mix with the usual suspects, is interesting and delicious but not trying too hard. Updating classics like baby bok choy with prosciutto and fried rice with cured tuna hearts might sound like a bold decision, but Mister Jiu’s manages to nail it, bringing you something both new and delicious.
In addition to all that, the energy in the room is palpable, and the space - with its impressive view and fancy chandeliers - feels special without being pretentious. It’s a hard move to pull off, but Mister Jiu’s manages it flawlessly. Maybe because the service is so great, and everyone - from the staff to the diners - seems pumped to be there.
So when we’re itching for a dose of that indescribable it, we’ll be back for more of that fried rice. Who are we kidding, we don’t need an excuse - we’ll be back no matter what.
This is an addictively good dish, with beef tenderloin and rich, salty cured tuna hearts (be bold - it’s delicious).
A special, and if it’s on offer, you need it. Salty and spicy with some jalapenos - pretty damn incredible.
Not your average spring rolls, since there’s lobster and sometimes uni involved. A fork and knife situation that is very tasty.
The sauce, scallops, and prosciutto liven this up, and we love it.
About as good as steamed halibut can get. The broth is rich and delicious and it’s an excellent piece of fish. You can get more interesting stuff here, though, so maybe skip.
Sticky rice and cherries and perfectly cooked quail. Not a huge dish, but a very satisfying one.
Super interesting with a sort of sesame cracker on the bottom. It can be a little dry sometimes, but still tastes fantastic.
A crispy rice cracker situation with cherry sauce and coconut ice cream. Best dessert we’ve had at Mister Jiu’s. Get after it.