Now Open: Hutong (Formerly Betelnut)


Stone pot noodles, roasted onion purée, Surryano ham, crispy anchovies, egg yolk. Photo from Hutong.

Right on schedule, the transition from Betelnut to ~HUTONG~ has happened after a one-week closure, with the restaurant opening last night (Monday) for its first dinner service. As mentioned previously, the new “back alley” look (hutong means “alley”) includes wall treatments with layers of paper, newspaper, posters, and clippings, and the awning has “HUTONG” in big graffiti letters. (Don’t worry, Cow Hollow denizens: The restaurant is not a skate shop.)

Last week, we ran a teaser of some items on chef Alex Ong’s menu. Well, now you can peek at the menu in its entirety. Knowing how much chef Ong likes to play with spice and sweet and sour (and texture), just reading the menu makes my stomach rumble.

Remember that lunch will be discontinued from Mon-Thu and will just be served Fri-Sat. New hours are Mon-Thur 5pm-10pm (bar opens at 4pm), Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm, Sun 11:30am-10pm. 2030 Union St. at Buchanan, 415-929-8855.