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The latest openings and closings in Midpeninsula dining

Including modern Indian, gluten-free cupcakes and a nine-seat omakase bar

Restaurants have been coming and going at a dizzying rate the last few weeks up and down the Midpeninsula, not to mention the news of forthcoming eateries we're excited about (Ethel's Fancy in Palo Alto, Tamarine going fast-casual in Mountain View, the owner of LV Mar and La Viga opening a street-food concept in Palo Alto). Catch up with our list of the latest local restaurant news.

What's opened

Rooh: Modern Indian food is the name of the game at Rooh, the first Peninsula restaurant for owners who run several Indian restaurants in the U.S. and New Delhi. The restaurant's calling card is a 13-foot custom wood-fired grill, smoker and tandoori oven setup that churns out charred tandoori pineapple, roasted eggplant and duck kebabs. 473 University Ave., Palo Alto; roohpaloalto.com

Pacific Catch: Stanford Shopping Center's newest dining option is Pacific Catch, a Bay Area seafood restaurant focused on sustainability. It replaced the longtime Max's Opera Cafe. 711 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; pacificcatch.com

The Don's Deli: Christopher Shawwa opened his third deli in Mountain View in early January, serving classic and inventive deli sandwiches, including with housemade tri-tip, pulled pork, falafel and vegan chicken. His sandwich shops (also in San Jose and Sunnyvale) double as training programs for employees who want to open their own food businesses. 2105 Middlefield Way, Mountain View; thedonsdeli.com

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Kakaroto Japanese Restaurant: Kakaroto recently replaced Niji Sushi in downtown Mountain View. Beyond sushi, there's donburi, katsu, teriyaki and other Japanese fare. 743 W. Dana St., Mountain View

Noodle King: Handmade biang biang noodles, Taiwanese popcorn chicken, fried leek dumplings and other Chinese dishes are on the menu at Noodle King, which took over the downtown space vacated by Sweethoney Dessert. 841 Villa St., Mountain View

Sweet Diplomacy: The owner of this gluten-free bakery uses sweet rice, almond and tapioca flours, alternative sweeteners and coconut oil to make diet-inclusive cupcakes, madeleines, cookies and other baked goods. The 500-square-foot bakery (formerly Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum) also serves coffee, tea and hot chocolate. 209 1st St., Los Altos; sweetdiplomacy.com

Sushi Shin: Jason Zhan, a native of China who trained at top sushi restaurants in New York City, opened this nine-seat omakase bar in early January. The seafood comes from Toyosu Market in Tokyo. ==I312 Arguello St., Redwood City;== sushishinredwoodcity.com

La Stanza Cucina Italiana: Piccolo Ristorante has a new name and new owners. Now La Stanza, the neighborhood Italian restaurant is run by Angelo Cucco and Miguel Prado, according to an OpenTable description. Elio D'Urzo opened Piccolo in 2012. 651 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park

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What's closed

Pluto's: Pluto's has gone dark after more than 20 years of salads and sandwiches. A sign posted on the door says it is "temporarily closed for a refresh" but it's not clear when or whether it will reopen. The owner did not respond to an interview request, the restaurant's phone number is disconnected and its website is no longer operational. 482 University Ave., Palo Alto

Amber Dhara: In case you missed it, Indian restaurant Amber Dhara closed in late December to make way for Sweet Maple, a San Francisco brunch favorite, opening there this summer. 150 University Ave., Palo Alto

Sunny Bowl: Korean eatery Sunny Bowl, which served customizable bibimbap bowls since 2009, is no more. 1477 Plymouth St. Suite D, Mountain View

Crawfish Bros: Will 2020 be the year a concept actually sticks at 124 Castro St.? The space has in recent years been an oyster bar, taco eatery, a rebranded tapas restaurant, then Chop & Pub and most recently, Crawfish Bros, which closed in late 2019. 124 Castro St., Mountain View

Krung Thai: This Thai restaurant closed for good in late 2019. Those who are missing Krung Thai's food can visit the owners' other restaurant, New Krung Thai Restaurant, in San Jose. 590 Showers Drive, Mountain View

Spice Kit: It's not closed yet, but get your last Spice Kit banh mi and rice bowls in soon. The fast-casual Asian street food eatery is closing in February, according to an employee. 340 California Ave., Palo Alto

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The latest openings and closings in Midpeninsula dining

Including modern Indian, gluten-free cupcakes and a nine-seat omakase bar

by Elena Kadvany / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 16, 2020, 2:23 pm

Restaurants have been coming and going at a dizzying rate the last few weeks up and down the Midpeninsula, not to mention the news of forthcoming eateries we're excited about (Ethel's Fancy in Palo Alto, Tamarine going fast-casual in Mountain View, the owner of LV Mar and La Viga opening a street-food concept in Palo Alto). Catch up with our list of the latest local restaurant news.

What's opened

Rooh: Modern Indian food is the name of the game at Rooh, the first Peninsula restaurant for owners who run several Indian restaurants in the U.S. and New Delhi. The restaurant's calling card is a 13-foot custom wood-fired grill, smoker and tandoori oven setup that churns out charred tandoori pineapple, roasted eggplant and duck kebabs. 473 University Ave., Palo Alto; roohpaloalto.com

Pacific Catch: Stanford Shopping Center's newest dining option is Pacific Catch, a Bay Area seafood restaurant focused on sustainability. It replaced the longtime Max's Opera Cafe. 711 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; pacificcatch.com

The Don's Deli: Christopher Shawwa opened his third deli in Mountain View in early January, serving classic and inventive deli sandwiches, including with housemade tri-tip, pulled pork, falafel and vegan chicken. His sandwich shops (also in San Jose and Sunnyvale) double as training programs for employees who want to open their own food businesses. 2105 Middlefield Way, Mountain View; thedonsdeli.com

Kakaroto Japanese Restaurant: Kakaroto recently replaced Niji Sushi in downtown Mountain View. Beyond sushi, there's donburi, katsu, teriyaki and other Japanese fare. 743 W. Dana St., Mountain View

Noodle King: Handmade biang biang noodles, Taiwanese popcorn chicken, fried leek dumplings and other Chinese dishes are on the menu at Noodle King, which took over the downtown space vacated by Sweethoney Dessert. 841 Villa St., Mountain View

Sweet Diplomacy: The owner of this gluten-free bakery uses sweet rice, almond and tapioca flours, alternative sweeteners and coconut oil to make diet-inclusive cupcakes, madeleines, cookies and other baked goods. The 500-square-foot bakery (formerly Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum) also serves coffee, tea and hot chocolate. 209 1st St., Los Altos; sweetdiplomacy.com

Sushi Shin: Jason Zhan, a native of China who trained at top sushi restaurants in New York City, opened this nine-seat omakase bar in early January. The seafood comes from Toyosu Market in Tokyo. ==I312 Arguello St., Redwood City;== sushishinredwoodcity.com

La Stanza Cucina Italiana: Piccolo Ristorante has a new name and new owners. Now La Stanza, the neighborhood Italian restaurant is run by Angelo Cucco and Miguel Prado, according to an OpenTable description. Elio D'Urzo opened Piccolo in 2012. 651 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park

What's closed

Pluto's: Pluto's has gone dark after more than 20 years of salads and sandwiches. A sign posted on the door says it is "temporarily closed for a refresh" but it's not clear when or whether it will reopen. The owner did not respond to an interview request, the restaurant's phone number is disconnected and its website is no longer operational. 482 University Ave., Palo Alto

Amber Dhara: In case you missed it, Indian restaurant Amber Dhara closed in late December to make way for Sweet Maple, a San Francisco brunch favorite, opening there this summer. 150 University Ave., Palo Alto

Sunny Bowl: Korean eatery Sunny Bowl, which served customizable bibimbap bowls since 2009, is no more. 1477 Plymouth St. Suite D, Mountain View

Crawfish Bros: Will 2020 be the year a concept actually sticks at 124 Castro St.? The space has in recent years been an oyster bar, taco eatery, a rebranded tapas restaurant, then Chop & Pub and most recently, Crawfish Bros, which closed in late 2019. 124 Castro St., Mountain View

Krung Thai: This Thai restaurant closed for good in late 2019. Those who are missing Krung Thai's food can visit the owners' other restaurant, New Krung Thai Restaurant, in San Jose. 590 Showers Drive, Mountain View

Spice Kit: It's not closed yet, but get your last Spice Kit banh mi and rice bowls in soon. The fast-casual Asian street food eatery is closing in February, according to an employee. 340 California Ave., Palo Alto

Comments

ChrisC
College Terrace
on Jan 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm
ChrisC, College Terrace
on Jan 16, 2020 at 6:17 pm

Don’s Deli menu looks really good. A gluten-free friend of mine tried out Sweet Diplomacy, ordering three things including a scone, which she said was the only thing approaching edibility. She did not try the Madeleine. She thought it frightfully expensive, especially a smallish cake that was $60.00. Re:Krung Thai: you have the address of the Krung Thai that closed. The ones in San Jose are on Winchester near 280.


Tom from Midtown
Midtown
on Jan 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm
Tom from Midtown, Midtown
on Jan 16, 2020 at 10:50 pm

“ the owner of LV Mar and La Viga opening a street-food concept in Palo Alto).”. Please say more! It would be great to have Mexican food at this level in Palo Alto.


Dante
Downtown North
on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:09 am
Dante, Downtown North
on Jan 17, 2020 at 6:09 am

Oh no! We will certainly be missing Pluto’s with its great salads at reasonable prices!


Mark Weiss
Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:09 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:09 pm

Did you sit together or did you sit under the influencer?


Mark Weiss
Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm

By the way the Cryan head something about Ann Le of Tamarin opening in Redwood City after the schism with her cousin


Mark Weiss
Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Mark Weiss, Downtown North
on Jan 22, 2020 at 6:10 pm
Hmmm
East Palo Alto
on Jan 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm
Hmmm, East Palo Alto
on Jan 24, 2020 at 1:28 pm

We are missing both Krung and Pluto’s. Nice to know a Pacific Catch will be nearby.


Melody from Sweet Diplomacy
another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Melody from Sweet Diplomacy, another community
on Feb 2, 2020 at 9:15 pm

Hi ChrisC and Gluten-Free Friend,

It would be our pleasure to welcome you to try our pastries. Our friendly and attentive team will make sure that you feel welcomed and have a first-hand understanding of our philosophy: why we insist on using high quality ingredients, how we craft delicious treats from scratch and bake them fresh in small batches, why we choose to feature menu items that cater to many dietary needs, and why we work hard every day to provide the best boutique bakery experience. Hopefully you will share the opinion of many of our loyal and amazing customers that have been so kind by voicing their appreciation of what we're trying to do here in Silicon Valley. Have a lovely day. :-)

Melody


A Losing Battle
Downtown North
on Feb 4, 2020 at 10:12 am
A Losing Battle, Downtown North
on Feb 4, 2020 at 10:12 am

If one does not actually OWN the building in downtown PA (or locally) a aspiring as well as established restaurant often has a certain built-in 'shelf life' regardless of how good its food is, the dining atmosphere, attractive prices etc.

The majority of the choice retail downtown PA properties are owned by three PA families who have been around since pre-WW2 days.


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