Diners have so many options these days that for restaurateurs, keeping up can be a matter of diversifying. Within a single restaurant, there can be two or three ideas at play, which also keeps things interesting for chefs who need to put out something consistent, while feeding their own creativity.
Senia recently opened its doors with an a la carte menu of about 20 items by chefs Chris Kajioka (Aziza, Per Se, Vintage Cave) and British chef Anthony Rush (Per Se, French Laundry, Fera at Claridge’s) in the main dining room, plus a Chef’s Counter tasting menu offering multiple small bites. (More on that in the next post.)
The menu starts with snacks and mostly moderately priced dishes, with a handful of pricier share plates ideal for parties of four.
Here’s a look at some of the dishes on the opening menu:
Charred cabbage ($12) with shio kombu, and green goddess and buttermilk dressings.
Getting a head start on the Year of the Rooster, celebrity chef Titus Chan hosted a celebratory new year dinner at Jade Dynasty restaurant on Jan. 4.
The meal started with salmon and ahi sashimi to represent an abundance of blessings and wealth. Here’s a look at some of the other dishes on the menu:
Jade Dynasty’s combination platter featured roast pork, roast duck, and pickled cucumbers, representing three treasures that enhance life, a shining moon, longevity and flowers in bloom.
A soup of shredded chicken fit the Year of the Rooster theme, with mushrooms and dried scallops boosted the flavor of the chicken.
Another chicken dish to fit the year’s theme was golden fried chicken with roasted garlic, representing the host’s wish for a clear path for his guests’ hopes and dreams.
Crispy roast beef was served in buns representing gold pieces, a wish for monetary fortune.
Sweet and sour fish fillets with pineapple represent hope in having sweet grandchildren.
Tea-smoked shrimp are symbolic of health and vitality.
Jai, the traditional new year vegetarian dish, is served out of reverence for life.
The length of noodles in dishes such as braised e-mein with mixed mushroom represent longevity and prosperity.
For dessert, there was mochi balls in ginger broth. The sweet orbs, represent infinity and perfection in life.