Dragon Beaux (from the Koi Palace Folks) Now Open, with Dim Sum and Hot Pot

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The luxurious interior at Dragon Beaux. Photo from UrbanDaddy by Michael David Rose Photography.

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The xiao long bao at Dragon Beaux. Yelp photo by Dan B.

The former Video Cafe space on Geary has a new taker, and this time it’s the Ng family, who also owns the Koi Palace restaurants in Daly City and Dublin. This new project is called ~DRAGON BEAUX~ and is rather ambitious. Scoop reports that co-owner Willy Ng wants the restaurant to be more creative than the usual dim sum standby. Inspired by the creative cooking in Hong Kong, he’s been working with younger chefs and even some consultants from Guangzhou to create a menu that isn’t held back by the classics. There are plenty of familiar items of the menu, but you’ll also find squid ink dumplings and frog legs. Cue the weekend lines now.

At dinner, the tables transform into hot pot stations, with a selection of five broths and several different meat and vegetable options. There is also a premium beef menu, which includes Kobe beef from Japan. There are well-considered wine choices; John Vuong, former wine director at Ame, consulted on the wine list. The interior has been extravagantly decorated, too, with multiple dining rooms, each with a distinct look. One room features plum leather seating, while another has cherry blossom wallpaper. Light fixtures are distinct, and there is also a curtained seating area. Hours: dim sum lunch Mon-Fri 11am-3pm and Sat-Sun 10am-4pm, hot pot dinner Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10:30pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:30pm. 5700 Geary Blvd. at 21st Ave., 415-333-8899.