As extravagances go, nothing tops Crystal Jade Jiang Nan, a 20,000-square-foot Embarcadero palace—the first North American offshoot of a Singapore-based restaurant conglomerate with outposts in 20-plus Asian cities—serving thousands of patrons a month. River-washed stone floors and chinoiserie wallpaper adorn a convention hall–size dining room, which gives way to hallways devoted to fish tanks, a Peking duck oven, coffee and tea service, and more. Beyond them spreads a patio with Ferry Building views. The build-out reportedly cost $14 million. But many of the dishes—mapo tofu, dim sum of all kinds—are tasty and affordable. To keep up with the big spenders, there’s a whole roasted suckling pig available for purchase.
Courtesy of Crystal Jade Jiang Nan
San Francisco, California
4 Embarcadero Ctr.
San Francisco, CA