It takes vigilance to get a reservation here (especially prime time) but it's worth it. This is not dim sum. It is inventive small plates served dim sum style. About two thirds of the small plates on the menu are brought around on trays, you pick what you want and they mark it on a menu at your table. The remaining dishes are made to order. There are many unusual combinations and the servers typically know every detail of every dish. The warm almond biscuits with duck liver mousse are a good place to start. The garlic bread (which is like a "fry bread") with burrata is another reliable plate. Those dishes have been on the changing menu every time I've gone. The quail is also always on the menu - good but not a "must order" every time. The vegetarian and seafood dishes are also quite good. There are always new combinations that I haven't seen anywhere else. The vibe is loud, friendly, very casual and lively. it's a pretty unique concept. If you go to the web site and don't see the reservation option - a frequent occurrence - all reservations for the next 60 days are gone. However, they have walk-in seats at the counter in front where you can have first dibs on everything that comes out of the kitchen. The Fillmore area where it's located is also interesting for jazz/bars.
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