The Look: It’s still a sprawling, three-story venue, but after a million-dollar makeover, the now-dated Raiders of the Lost Ark decor has been swapped out for a more sophisticated look. A new modern-looking open bar and lounge area now dominates the ground floor, while the mezzanine and top level feature private and public dining nooks for more intimate meals.
The Drinks: The one-time brewery has always been a popular cocktail klatch and with the remodel, the emphasis has once again returned to the bar area. The new bar program, run by former Absinthe mixologist Carlos Yturria, features a slew of updated Asian-ingredient-driven craft cocktail lists, along with a beefed-up bar bites menu, in addition to happy hour specials (3-6 PM Monday-Saturday) and a late-night menu served until 11 PM (Thursday-Saturday).
The Food: Consulting chef Arnold Eric Wong (formerly of the now-shuttered bacar and eos) has also overhauled the restaurant’s main dining offerings, replacing it with a slightly less expensive, more streamlined menu, offered at both lunch and dinner (along with a daily lunch insert). Relax, those Indonesian corn fritters are still on the menu, but Wong has introduced some favorites that draw upon his childhood, like tea-smoked deviled eggs, housemade pickles, five-spiced chicken wings and daily crudo selections served on a block of Himalayan salt.
The Details: E&O Asian Kitchen, 314 Sutter St.; 415-693-0303