The kitchen maestros of Bombax Bar & Grill sate patrons seeking a square meal during breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a lengthy menu of comfort fare. Warm up cuisine crushers with the fried pickles ($4) before affixing mitts around the chicken-salad sandwich ($6) dotted with toasted walnuts, fresh herbs, and dried cranberries. Culinary architects can draft their own half-pound burger ($6.50+) with buttresses of guacamole, columns of grilled ham, and honorary statues of Joe Montana. In the evening, tables sag beneath hearty entrees of homemade meatloaf ($12.95) or turkey and gravy ($12.95) served with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables of the day. Morning munchers fuel up for the day with the juicy steak and eggs ($10.50), french toast ($5), and a cup of Seattle's Best coffee ($2) that awakens sluggish gray matter faster than an earbud alarm clock.
Behind a façade of yellow bricks and twinkling string lights is Citrus Indian Fusion, a hub for North and South Indian dishes. Through the glass doors, aromas strike first––indication that morsels of marinated lamb, chicken, and fish are curing in a tandoor grill. Scents of ginger, garlic, and Andhra spice waft through the air, prompting guests to sop up zesty curries and their tears of joy with whole-wheat roti or warm naan.
At India Palace, ambrosial Indian aromas waft between turquoise curtains of beads and colorful landscape pictures splashed across the walls. Lunching pairs dig serving spoons into the buffet, arranging steamy fare onto plates alongside towers of soft naan. Between sips of chai teas or creamy mango lassis, chums catch up and fuel high-stakes thumb wars with dishes that range from curry chicken to palak paneer. Garlic naan works double duty as a sauce sponge when diners clear their plates of chicken tikka masala. Dollops of soft-serve ice cream close lunch curtains and cleanse palates with sweetness.
Kids Castle Indoor Fun Center plays host to thrilling play dates and birthday celebrations that tucker out youngsters as they pin-ball through a multicolored bounce house, practice critical thinking in a puzzling jungle-gym maze, and feverishly smash buttons at the arcade. The arcade's stationary, hydraulic motorcycles send kids racing down a virtual countryside, where they'll pass pixilated trees and shake their fists at jaywalking scarecrows. Kid Castle's in-house kitchen, private party rooms, and party tables allow children and their parents to replenish spent energy over pizza, ice cream, and snacks. The center’s fun specialists make [birthday-party] http://gr.pn/rt0NaB) planning easier by helping festoon party rooms with decorations and organizing fun games to ensure a memorable celebration.
The walls at Currylicious exude the same orange and yellow hues as saffron and turmeric, which flavor its traditional Indian dishes. Appetizers include hearty veggie samosas and the kachumar salad, an intermingling of fresh garden veggies, herbs, and lime juice. Entrees such as chicken shahi korma and lamb karahi cool down spice with infusions of yogurt sauce and side helpings of naan. During pleasant weather, diners can sit outside, where they take in Oakland’s scenic landscape, or season their meals with crushed sunshine.
Northern Indian cuisine, such as dishes of tandoori lamb chops, lobster-papaya curry, and vegetable masala, dots the various tables stacked inside Khana Peena Indian Cuisine, an eatery reminiscent of not only an Indian curry house, but also a French bistro and American brasserie. Diners devour tandoori platters at linen-topped tables in the formal dining room or keep an eye on the open kitchen while seated at the curved copper bar. They can also enjoy a meal tucked away with a loved one inside a curtained-off, private room that boasts pillow seating and complete control over the land of Oz.