Betlenut, San Francisco, California
Concierge.com's insider take:
Lipstick-red lacquer counters, rattan-backed chairs, and oscillating palm-frond fans lend a playful tiki-lounge-like atmosphere to this Marina District favorite. Not-to-miss items on the pan-Asian menu include melt-off-the-bone glazed ribs spiked with bits of Thai basil and melted garlic, and succulent pork dumplings with Szechuan peppercorn broth wrapped in fresh, translucent wrappers. You can offset the spiciness via the list of private-label beers and full-bar menu of fresh-fruit cocktails that come served in giant ceramic bowls. Sit at the counter to take in the drama of the kitchen; the clacking and flaming of woks are a fitting backdrop for the happening scene.—John A. Vlahides
Open Sundays through Thursdays 10:30 am to 11 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 11:30 am to midnight.
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