A date has been finalized for the opening of Ayesha Curry’s barbecue concept with Michael Mina, INTERNATIONAL SMOKE, opening in the former RN74. Monday November 13th is the official opening date, but if you want the first taste, there’s a fundraiser on November 9th, benefiting No Kid Hungry and The Bread Project. (Guests will be able to mingle with Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry over a cocktail reception with food stations featuring dishes from the upcoming restaurant.)
Look for bold, global dishes that will highlight fire, grilling, and smoke, including Double Duck Wings with jerk spice, sticky mango, and green seasoning; Lemongrass Pork Chop pounded out with the bone in, charred on the grill, and served with stir-fried clams, glass noodles, soy, and lime; Indian Fish Fry with spice-crusted snapper, turmeric pickles, and raita; and Three Little Pigs, featuring three porky preparations, like St. Louis spareribs, Cuban “mojo” ribs, and Japanese miso ribs. It seems different chefs from Mina’s restaurant teams have contributed techniques, dishes, and more.
The bar will feature seasonal cocktails, plus large-format cocktails, and both local and international beers will be available. Los Angeles-based firm Bishop Pass is behind the design, which includes booths in the 80-seat dining room, and the bar will be in the center of the room, with 20 green leather bar stools. There will also be tableside service, a large candle display, and greenery and potted plants around the bar.
Hours will be Sun-Thu 5:30pm-10pm and Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm. Lunch will come soon. Follow @internationalsmoke on Instagram for some pop-up surprises ahead of the opening. 301 Mission St. at Fremont.
Ribs, baby. Instagram photo by @garylamorte.