Identify-dropping to get a coveted desk at a well-liked restaurant isn’t unusual. However name-dropping a well-known chef’s well-known restaurant to get a desk…for an much more well-known musician? That’s a bit of bit weird. But that’s precisely what seems to have occurred at chef and proprietor Pim Techamuanvivit’s Japantown restaurant Nari earlier than musician Kayne West got here in for dinner.

In response to reporting from the Chronicle, somebody referred to as the upscale Thai restaurant asking for a last-minute reservation for “a desk of Noma folks” — Noma being the award-winning Denmark restaurant that lately launched a line of vegetarian and vegan garums. When the celebration arrived, chef and Noma proprietor René Redzepi (or anybody affiliated with the restaurant) have been nowhere to be discovered. As an alternative, a server realized West and his entourage had settled into the restaurant’s semi-private eating room.

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Satirically, Techamuanvivit instructed the Chronicle the not-very-elaborate ruse was completely pointless, as she would have been each keen and capable of accommodate the group if that they had referred to as and named dropped the world-famous musician’s personal title. However that doesn’t imply she let West and his group off the hook for the stunt.

“I did go to the desk and requested, so which one in every of you labored for my good friend Rene? Oh sure I did,” Techamuanvivit tweeted on Thursday afternoon.

I did go to the desk and requested, so which one in every of you labored for my good friend Rene? Oh sure I did.

— Pim Techamuanvivit (@chezpim) July 1, 2021

A lady on the desk merely replied “He’s not right here,” she instructed the Chron.

The group was well mannered, undemanding, and loved the meals, based on Techamuanvivit. They ate som tum mamuang (spicy mango salad with cashews), gaeng rawang muan (roulade of rooster in inexperienced curry) and gaeng kua pla (black cod with curry), the proprietor additionally mentioned.

With Nari being one in every of San Francisco’s most high-profile eating places, it’s not just like the employees is unaccustomed to seeing celebrities within the eating room. Nonetheless, some have been “very, very fangirl-excited” to see West, whereas others have been upset to not see Redzepi, Techamuanvivit mentioned. And whereas it might by no means make whole sense to most of us why one of many world’s most well-known musicians (or somebody on his behalf) would wish to name-drop another person in an try to get preferential remedy, perhaps the thriller caller was simply excited they didn’t should eat McDonald’s for dinner.


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