The Best Places to Eat in S.F. in 2018

Chef’s Table: ‘aina
900 22nd St., 415-814-3815
The top of the menu promises a “mo’olelo,” or story, woven into chef de cuisine Chris Yang’s $80 chef’s table prix fixe. That might sound like standard PR boilerplate translated into Hawaiian, but ‘aina delivers the goods. Available only at the intimate six-seat countertop, the prix fixe gets you the chef’s undivided attention for the night as Yang waxes nostalgic about his grandma’s tea-smoked duck, or the misoyaki butterfish that made him want to become a chef, or the history of Hawaiian cowboys. The menu changes from night to night, and chances are, at least two or three dishes will linger in your memory—perhaps the charsiu-style duck manapua buns, which come topped with a slice of Grandma’s pride and joy. 
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