For hundreds of years in the bustling cities and fragrant harbors of Asia a favorite and familiar place to savor distinctive local dishes has been the ... More
For hundreds of years in the bustling cities and fragrant harbors of Asia a favorite and familiar place to savor distinctive local dishes has been the side street beer house, or pejiu wu. Here, large mugs of beer complement emphatically fresh and tantalizing "street food" made with fresh local ingredients and regional spices that tend to be on the hotter side.
I used to live three doors down from Betelnut. I got xferred to NC 2 years ago and am still having withdrawals from this place. Every time I go to SF, Betelnut is a must. I read some reviews about it being overpriced...but I found that everything in SF and even California is overpriced and price is no guarantee of quality there, but not at Betelnut. It may be pricey, but it's good food, atmosphere, etc.
They were very busy but it was a great place. FOOD was the best because it was well prepared and so original. It was a great experience with friends and great people around. It was high $$$$ but it was prob cause we ordered everything we saw go by us to other tables:)
Although a tad pricey, I really enjoyed this restaurant! I tried a bunch of different dishes, and I was impressed with them all (especially the Halibut with chilis...try it!). Very fun atmosphere and good drinks too. Popular scene, good for a friend group.
I've heard a lot of good things about betelnut and can see why. The dishes offered on the menu vary widely and cover a wide spread of asian countries. The dishes they select are done well, but not exceptional. A lot of attention was payed to presentation of the dishes which adds a little flare. As far as the food itself, the dishes I sampled were good, but not as good as I expected. Compared to specific asian restaurants, I wouldn't say the dishes are as good. They get very close to authentic and do enlist some fusion influence. They offer a wide variety of sake drinks and foo foo drinks which makes it a popular place to hang out. Awesome place to people watch and eat outside.
From the beginning Betelnut was a battle. The hostess was rude and bossy. We asked the bartender for a menu so we could order appetizers and he forgot to bring it. When seated, we ordered two chicken dishes and the waiter only placed one with the kitchen. Also, we specifically asked that the mango chuttney from one of our dishes be included in the to go box � it was not. The food was ok but not outstanding. On the plus side there's a fun, lively bar and great Asian decor. Also noteworthy is the creative layout which includes stools with a kitchen view, outside seating with a view of Union, and a comfortable dining room.