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Eating Out - October 28, 2011

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AMBER CUISINE ON PALO ALTO SCENE ... Downtown Palo Alto's Junnoon restaurant has closed, but another Indian eatery is poised to take its place. The popular and Zagat-praised Amber India restaurant in Mountain View is adding another location at 150 University Ave., under a different name with a slightly different perspective. Amber Dhara will offer "contemporary Indian food" in comparison to the traditional menu for Amber India, owner Vijay Bist said. "We will have a more seasonal menu, with fresh, green, California produce and local cheeses." The menu will focus on more healthful versions of traditional Indian dishes with "less cream and lighter gravies and curries," he said. Bist added that some of the dishes will have ingredients from southern India and will even include seafood, which is not typical. He expects to offer weekend brunch and, after a few weeks, happy hour and live music at night. "We want to be a place where people can comfortably sit down and where young people can go at night," he said. Amber Dhara will be open until 11 p.m. on weekends and will serve vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Amber India also has locations in San Francisco and San Jose, along with the more informal Amber Cafe in Mountain View. More about the chain is at

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