A single of the centerpieces of Valley Fair’s billion-dollar transformation, the iChina place restaurant, will open up now in Santa Clara with:
Two flooring of opulent dining areas.
A glittering lounge.
Four private eating rooms, together with 1 that will immerse company in a virtual actuality experience.
And then there’s the food.
Government chef Eddie Lam, who held leading positions with the Straits Cafe Group at Santana Row and Crystal Jade in San Francisco, has established a “new American Chinese” menu of fashionable and fine-eating requires on vintage dishes.
The Hong Kong-born and Oakland-raised chef reimagines Cantonese-style braised brief rib as Beef Stew en Croute. A far-from-common Warm and Bitter Soup is stuffed with Hokkaido scallops, crab and snow cloud mushrooms. Braised California Purple Abalone is paired with pasture-elevated hen. And Broccoli Beef is built with American Kobe ribeye.
With the debut of iChina, Westfield Valley Fair’s Cafe Assortment, which is crafted about an open up-air plaza, will be midway done at this buying/dining heart. The upscale King’s Fish Household previous drop joined the fashionable Shake Shack and Salt & Straw, followed by Bamboo Sushi. Nearby, at Bloomingdale’s, is the not long ago opened AnQi Shaken & Stirred, from San Francisco’s famous An cafe family. Up coming up will be Mastro’s steakhouse. The finale will arrive in 2022 when Eataly unveils its multi-amount Italian food stuff emporium.
But for now all eyes are on iChina, and it may possibly be tricky to glance absent.
The designers — the team at HHD Hong Kong Jap Getaway International Design and style — say they took inspiration from a pointed out Track Dynasty portray and translated the golds, blues and greens of artist Wang Ximen’s “A Thousand Miles of Rivers and Mountains” into this shimmering place with jade, gold and glass elements and artwork deco stylings.
Guests will initial see the glittering JiuBa cocktail lounge when they wander in the doorway. That area, which has been working in a gentle opening mode, serves craft cocktails and tiny plates such as Pork Tummy Momo with Chinese sauerkraut, Albacore Tuna Crudo and XinJiang Lamb Skewers.
Upstairs, 4 non-public eating rooms, all with 10-study course tasting menus, will give distinct activities:
The Regular Roundtable is intended to evoke a vintage Chinese dining place. The Open Kitchen puts Lam and his chefs on watch for attendees who want to look at the culinary magic. The Presentation Gallery is geared up for company meetings and shows.
And the showstopper, the 360 Virtual Fact place, options imagery from 8 projectors and a sensor-enabled table to build Silicon Valley’s very first VR dining experience — and one particular of the couple this sort of restaurant rooms in the globe, in accordance to the iChina team.
The scenes rely on the meal getting served throughout a seafood training course, for illustration, the show could characteristic an ocean-themed projection. The foods and beverage least for scheduling the home is $4,500.
Even though iChina’s formal capability tops 300, the present-day configuration demonstrates social distancing and a substantially decreased seating range. The key and private 2nd stage eating rooms will seat about 160 and the initially-floor lounge and patio, 50 guests.
Aspects: iChina’s primary cafe serves day-to-day from 5 to 10 p.m. The JiuBa bar opens two several hours earlier, at 3 p.m. and seats shoppers right until 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Westfield Valley Truthful, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara. www.ichinarestaurant.com