It’s not the first restaurant in SV to utilize the iPhone naming convention (looking at you, iTalico), but aside from that questionable practice, the opulent iChina opened in August to great reception. Drenched in a dreamy turquoise color palette, a paneled glass chandelier anchors the main dining room, with translucent blue floor-to-ceiling room partitions and art deco-inspired gold wall panels surrounding the commanding long center dining table. There’s also the JiuBa cocktail lounge and several private dining areas in the two-story space. And, oh yes, the food. It’s a New American Chinese concept, combining executive chef Eddie Lam’s Chinese and pan-Asian American cooking sensibilities with local ingredients. The current $88 Tasting Menu with a $30 A5 Wagyu substitute option features seven dishes. Museum-worthy plates include a pampered lobster dumpling topped with scallop brûlée and curated caviar selection, and a triple-rich XO rice with duck confit, duck egg, and duck breast.
How to order: Make reservations online.