Ernest was one of the most anticipated SF restaurant openings last year and has been one of the toughest reservations in town ever since. The chef here is Brandon Rice, who decided to open his own restaurant after his tenure as the chef de cuisine of Rich Table. It’s tough to categorize what type of cuisine is served at Ernest as Rice’s menu appears to be inspired by flavors all across the world.
For a last-minute Chinese New Year dinner, I met up with my parents here at China Live. When it opened in 2017, this place was compared to Eataly in its concept. China Live occupies multiple floors in this building featuring a retail shop, restaurant, separate bar, and fine dining concept (Eight Tables). For this dinner, we sat in the ground floor restaurant.