August 24, 2010
The gorgeous ~Joan Chen~ has visited Betelnut twice in a week (and can you blame her?). On one visit she ordered the cumin lamb, heirloom tomato salad, slow-roasted pork wraps with peach chutney (got to try those at SF Chefs!), and last night she did a reprise of the heirloom tomato salad, along with green beans, tikka masala chicken, Taipei-style fried rice, and one of my faves, the cha ca la vong.
(One more EPIC sighting: ~Audrina Patridge~ of MTV’s The Hills was in the restaurant Monday night—she had a steak, and her party of 10 was drinking Krug Champagne and Quintessa cabernet.)
On Friday night, ~The Killers~ had dinner in the Velvet Room from 9:30pm until midnight, then made a brief appearance at a table in the Redwood Room. They were drinking mojitos with sliced fresh strawberries and bottled water.
~John Mayer~ and his entourage hit the Redwood Room from midnight until 1:30am or so. He drank one of the signature cocktails, the blackberry margarita. He and his party were reportedly very low key for a posse of 12 people.
Lori Baker and Jeff Banker of Baker & Banker had a surprise dinner guest last Tuesday: ~Al Gore~ came in to dine with a friend. He enjoyed the gazpacho, black cod, and for dessert, the duo ordered the plum and nectarine crisp, and the XXX chocolate layer cake. He shook the owners’ hands, and said it was an amazing meal.
~Donna Mills~ (Abby on Knots Landing) was at Buca di Beppo for her aunt’s 90th birthday last week. Several Knots Landing diehards asked for photos and autographs. After a celebratory dinner of calamari, pizza, pasta, cannoli, and chocolate cake, Donna snuck in the kitchen to thank the chef personally and watch him make pasta sauce.