Went back last night. The orange chicken wings ($14) had great flavor and texture, what sweet and sour should be, just a little sweet and balanced.
Prawn toast ($9, didn’t take a photo since I thought I had last time) was as good as the first time. Roe and bacon make the dish. This would be a great snack if you were just getting a drink at the bar (was overflowing at 8:00 on our previous visit, but only half full when we walked in around 9:30 on a Tuesday).
Pork wontons with squid ($22) were excellent, could almost have passed for Italian.
Pork and butternut squash potstickers ($16) were tasty but kind of dry rather than juicy as I was expecting. I’m not sure the squash was a good idea.
Wagyu sirloin fried rice with crispy garlic, broccoli, and shaved tuna heart ($24) was fantastic. The fried-rice episode of Ugly Delicious has a scene with Brandon Jew making it. If I order it again I might ask for extra broccoli, there was just a little and it added a nice texture.
Pork lion’s head meatballs with black trumpet mushrooms, nettles, and pine nuts ($27) came unexpectedly wrapped in savoy? cabbage, which made them seem a bit Eastern European. Interesting and delicious broth. Good but I probably wouldn’t order again. I have to get back to Shanghai in Oakland, haven’t been for years.
Given the quality of the ingredients and cooking, $112 before tax, tip, and drinks seemed like a reasonable price by current San Francisco standards. Excellent eclectic wine list.