12/03/2012 12:58:00 PM

Opening Alert: Martin Yan's MY CHINA Unveils Lunch At Westfield Today

It's showtime for Martin Yan's MY CHINA
After what seems like years of teasing and anticipation, TV celebrity Martin Yan’s splashy modern eponymous Chinese restaurant under the Dome in Downtown’s Westfield San Francisco Centre is opening today. Yan himself won’t be there - he’s still filming abroad, but his first signature restaurant, MY China (short for Martin Yan’s China, get it?) finally unleashes itself to the public today, albeit for lunch only this week; dinner service will kick in on December 10.

So what to expect? This ain’t gonna be your neighborhood Chinese. There’s lot of emphasis on eye-candy, from an 1,800 pound monastery bell that hangs over the bar (supposedly to gong VIPs as they enter), to an exhibition kitchen for observing a master noodle maker in action and six live wok stations turning out the fare. Yan has paired up with Koi Palace chef Ronny Ng to execute the pan-Chinese execute the day-to-day operation, and like the good teacher that Yan is, he has designed a mid-priced menu designed to education diners on all 16 regional cuisines of China —divided into three sections-- hand-pulled noodles (several varieties), dim sum (available both the day and evening), and wok-fired entrees such as Kung Pao Dungeness crab.

The sprawling space reflects the modern architecture found in the contemporary upscale Asian restaurants of Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, with surfaces lines with marble, steel and natural wood, but features plenty of Chinese artifacts including glass snuff bottles and a sculpture of 18 Cloisonné monks. A separate bar serves a small-bites menu featuring the likes of tea-smoked pork belly sliders and salt-and-pepper calamari, and specialty cocktail such as bourbon-based "Monkey King" and tequila-based “Fire in the Wok.”

MY China: 845 Market St, located under the Dome on the 4th Fl of the Westfield Centre, 415-580-3001

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