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Long-awaited Senia opens today downtown


    On the menu at the new Senia: Hot-smoked King Salmon

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has finally come: Senia, perhaps the most anticipated restaurant of the year, opens today in Chinatown.

Senia is the brainchild of chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush. While the two bristle at defining their cuisine, they’ve come to decide upon the descriptor of Regional American.

Their menu runs from Poke Cracker “snacks” to char siu-glazed bone-in pork belly to foie gras terrine. Dinners are in the $60 range; lunches, set to begin in early 2017, will be about $30.

Dining options include a Chefs’ Counter experience, set to start in a few weeks, featuring an elevated, multicourse tasting menu ($185, an additional $95 with wine pairings and $160 with reserve wine pairings).

Local boy Kajioka made friends with Rush, who hails from England, while working side by side at Per Se, the Michelin three-star restaurant owned by Thomas Keller.

The Senia team includes sous-chef Patrick Collins, pastry chef Mimi Mendoza and wine director Chris Ramelb, with Katherine Nomura, Rush’s wife, taking the helm as general manager.

Senia is at 75 N. King St. Hours: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays (lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., begins in early 2017). Call 200-5412. Visit

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