A Hutong is a small narrow street or alley, very common in Beijing. Many of these hutongs connect, forming neighborhoods with open courtyards. It is ... More
A Hutong is a small narrow street or alley, very common in Beijing. Many of these hutongs connect, forming neighborhoods with open courtyards. It is here, that you find informal eating places passionately expressing the flavors of their culture, whether grilled over an open fire, served at a counter or shared at a celebratory table. Through out Asia, each great city has hutongs with food preparations unique to its culture. We bring you these distinctive flavors served on small plates so that you can explore and experience them for yourself.
We walked in the restaurant and the two hostesses did not even acknowledge our presence. We had to ask twice for a table and had to wait even though there were several tables available. RUDE HOSTESS, we ended up leaving. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME EATING THERE IT IS NOT WORTH IT! There are too many other great restaurants in san francisco.
I'm from the Los Angeles area and have been there several times now throughout the years and I can always expect the same wonderful yummy food! Ask for the rock salt and pepper ribs...it's not on the menu but if you ask they'll probably make them if they aren't too busy. Some of the tables are a bit close but other than that the ambience is quite nice.
betelnut is always bustling, and the atmosphere is cute: pseudo chinatown by way of hollywood. the food is just so-so--kind of like pf chang's--but people really come here to have drinks and see the scene. it's a fun place to hang out, but it's a little spendy for what it is.
Great menu selection and good Asian/Chinese food. In my opinion, some dishes are very greasy so I stick to a steamed dumplings and very tasty green beans. Reservation highly recommended. Parking can be difficult on Union Street; however, you can park across the street in a parking garage: don't forget to validate your parking ticket at Betelnut to get their flat -cheap- fee.
The food was fabulous, the drinks were great, the service was perfect, the ambiance was hip, and the sidewalk tables were by far, the best view in town to peopel-watch (and heated too). It was my first time eating at Betelnut, but it won't be my last. Highly recommended!
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