A stable of cooks inside Bombay Oven's kitchen synthesizes spices in authentic, finely crafted Indian dishes. While perusing the dinner menu, kick-start your appetite with the Jazzy chops, lamb chops marinated in ginger, garlic, and papaya and fired in a tandoor oven ($11). A plate of fresh tiger-prawn curry ($18) or chicken vindaloo ($13) can be cast in the leading role for carnivores, while veggie moile ($11) or aloo gobhi ($11) cater to herbivores and those with diets less meaty than a novel written by a kindergartner. Crisp, white linens serve as a blank canvas for artfully plated dishes that arrive in gourmet fashion, complemented by contemporary dinnerware and ornamental garnishes.
Since 1984, Fontana’s has dished out heaping helpings of Italian fare fused with Californian and Mediterranean influences. This canola-championing eatery boasts dinner and lunch menus packed with from-scratch pasta and seafood dishes backed up by a steady stream of homemade desserts. Accent any meal with a suitable selection from the expansive wine list, which features homegrown California nectars along with Italian-born blends of grown-up grape juice. Diners can slurp spaghetti fountain-side on the luscious patio or discuss the cultural ramifications of the painting Dogs Playing Poker by the cozy light of a flickering fireplace in the elegant dining room.
Anyone yearning for Hawaii’s balmy breezes might do well to visit J & J Hawaiian Barbecue, a Cupertino eatery where cooks prepare classics such as Kalua pig and loco moco—the medley of rice, hamburger, and egg that’s ubiquitous throughout the tropical state. The menu also reflects Hawaii’s strong Asian influences with dishes such as teriyaki rice and chicken katsu. Diners can sip Hawaiian Sun beverages in tropical flavors such as green tea-lychee or guava nectar.
Featured on the Travel Channel's Man vs. Food for its daredevil-worthy Hellfire Challenge, Smoke Eaters invites customers to enjoy an all-American feast) of wings, burgers, wings, beer, and wings. Wings and tenders are fueled with seven levels of heat, ranging from mild to inferno, and can be slathered with a variety of sauces, such as fiery garlic, trippin’ teriyaki, or honey, honey barbeque. For those afraid of flying on the scalding wings of deliciousness, the menu also stars a hearty lineup of sandwiches, burgers, and Mexican-style fare. Burst a hunger bubble with popular finger foods like jalapeno poppers ($4.99), or dive straight into a big cheeseburger ($5.75) or a BBQ chicken sandwich ($5.25), which comes seasoned, grilled, and topped with special wing sauce crafted from Thomas Hayden Church’s forgotten appeal. A traditional wing house, Smoke Eaters cooks using no MSG or trans fats in any of its fare.
If you stop by Harumi Sushi between Monday and Thursday, you can get a sake bomb with your monkey brain. Both names might sound a tad alarming, but they're hardly literal: the sake bombs consist of a shot of sake dropped into a cup of beer, and the monkey brain is an appetizer of mushrooms, each deep-fried and stuffed with spicy tuna.
Other names on the menu are more honest. The rainbow roll, for example, does indeed flaunt several colors—its snow crab and avocado filling is decorated with different slices of raw fish. The staff arranges the orange blossom roll into the shape of a blooming flower, while the salmon wrapped around the rice lends orange to the presentation. And, the flaming dragon roll's combination of yellowtail, snow crab, shrimp, and tuna is actually cooked in fire, rather than simply tricked out in racecar flame decals.
Besides its rolls, the restaurant also cooks up Japanese dishes such as udon soups and teriyaki-flavored meats. Its bento boxes allow guests to sample a bit of everything, with compartments for chicken teriyaki, tempura vegetables, and sashimi or a California roll.