Ernest, San Francisco-08/29/2021

The restaurant The  food

Kevin and Kristie are inviting us for dinner at Ernest, a new restaurant located in the Mission district in San Francisco and opened since March 2021.

Chef Brando Rice, formerly served as chef de cuisine for over five years at  Rich Table (a 1 Michelin Star restaurant in SF).  Ernest is his first solo project and named after his grandfather.

Chef Rice usues local produce but the flavors have a wordly influence, stretching every continent and draws inspiration from his international travels with his family while growing up.

It is really difficult to get a reservation but Kristie was able to get a table for us at 5:00PM.  We arrived a few minutes early and we had to wait outside until they open their door.


The door is now open and we are staying in line to walk in the restaurant.


There are a lot people staying in line...


Once inside the gate, we had to show our vaccination card and our ID to get in.


No mask no entry, no vaccination card no entry to the restaurant neither.


The first thing you see when you walk in the restaurant is the bar.


The 9-seat bar area welcomes guests near the entrance, while the dining area and kitchen occupying the upper level.


Stair case leading to the 2nd floor

Our table overlooking the bar.


View of the bar from out table.


Panoramic view of the restaurant.


This is the far end of the restaurant.


Open concept kitchen.


Chefs at work.


View of the Kitchen from our table.


Here you can see our table is right next to the kitchen.


Chef Brandon Rice behind the kitchen counter.


Quick selfie...


The menu

Cocktail menu

The menu at Ernest is divided into three main sections: raw bar & snacks, vegetables, and mains. 


Hoa ordered the Reposada Old Fashioned, Aged Tequila, Strawberry, Basil, 

Kevin and Mark ordered the Umeboshi Highball, Japanese Whiskey, Fermented plum, Citrus oils, soda





Hoa also brought a bottle of Pahlmeyer.



Too many people taking pictures at the same time that's why they are looking away from me.


My turn to take pictures, Cheers!


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