Tomorrow evening, Betelnut will host a one night only pop-up dinner with Chefs Mario Tolentino and Hiroo Nagahara. The event dubbed ‘Point of View Volume Two: Culture Clash,’ is the second installment in a series that Tolentino launched earlier this year that was inspired by his travels through Southeast Asia and meant to provide a “unique sensory dining experience.”
The evening will commence at 7 p.m. with cocktails followed by an eight course tasting menu. The meal will bring together flavors from Tolentino’s modern take on South East Asian cuisine and Nagahara’s cutting edge regional Japanese fare. Diners can expect to enjoy dishes like steamed halibut with shishito peppers, crispy quinoa and togarashi; smoked lemongrass pork with green curry white corn, pickled cabbage, avocado and scallion crepes; and amazake fried chicken with pickled vegetables. The meal will be served with an optional sake cocktail or Sapporo beer pairing.
Tolentino joined Betelnut in June of this year and took over as executive chef in August. Previously, he worked with Michael Mina at Aqua, opened several restaurants with Laurent Manrique and cooked beside Laurent Tourondel at BLT Steak in Miami. In 2010, he competed and won the popular cooking competition, Chopped, on the Food Network.
Nagahara is the chef and owner of HN2 Group, which has been behind pop-up dinners around San Francisco. Additionally, he is also responsible for the menu for the award-winning food truck, the Chairman. Formerly, he served as a corporate chef consultant Japanese kitchens in Florida as well as chef de cuisine at Bar Charlie with the Charlie Trotter Restaurant Group in Las Vegas.
Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased online. Betelnut is located on 2030 Union Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94123.