Chef Chu, Master of Chinese Cuisine
If charismatic chef Lawrence Chu isn't greeting guests as they enter his Los Altos restaurant, he's likely in the kitchen preparing delicacies such as tea-smoked duck, chilled Sichuan-style garlic chicken, or live Maine lobster in rice-wine sauce. His hospitality and culinary expertise have won much praise, including metroactive's 2013 award for Best Chinese Restaurant in Silicon Valley.
An Incomparable Feast
Throughout the years, Chef Chu's has become a hot spot for VIP diners. "When the late Steve Jobs was creating Apple, he was a Chef Chu's regular," wrote one San Jose Mercury News journalist. Other regulars include tennis star Serena Williams, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young, and former Secretary of State George Shultz, who called Chef Chu's preparation of peking duck an "incomparable feast."
The chefs at Mandarin Gourmet meld the flavors of fresh proteins, seasonal produce, and sauces prepared daily to forge an expansive menu of classic Chinese cuisine. Finely minced shrimp in lettuce cups ($15.95) can be strewn about as tasty confetti at dinner parties, and the mongolian beef massages taste buds with an onslaught of pleasantly spicy flavor ($12.95). Dueling flavors coalesce into one harmonious dish with the eggplant's hot garlic sauce ($9.95) and the sweet and sour pork ($10.95), sating appetites and drafting alliances between rival taste buds. A plate of six potstickers ($8.95) primes palates with meaty or meatless morsels and can be used to lure fire ants into a rival bobsleigh squad’s sled. Diners can ruminate amid Mandarin Gourmet's clean, modern décor, which incorporates radiant wall sconces and traditional Chinese accents into its dining room's upscale attire.
Oryza Bistro Asiana in San Jose brings culinary creativity to a new level with its unique Asian-fusion menu. Oryza Bistro Asiana also offers dishes without gluten, so that every stomach can find something to satisfy. Order a bottle for the table if you like — Oryza Bistro Asiana has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more. Got kids? No problem at Oryza Bistro Asiana! The restaurant is a fantastic spot for families to dine together. On warmer days, you can take advantage of Oryza Bistro Asiana's al fresco patio seating.
Call ahead for reservations to ensure your table is waiting for you when you arrive. Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Oryza Bistro Asiana is come-as-you-are. If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead. Through their catering service, Oryza Bistro Asiana can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
A parking garage is nearby for patrons' convenience.
You can take it easy on your wallet at Oryza Bistro Asiana — prices are generally less than $30 per person.
Seafood plays heavily into the menu at this casual restaurant. For starters, there’s the cold jellyfish appetizer and braised sea cucumber. Prawns are particularly popular, and prepared in a diverse number of ways: there’s[g] Szechuan prawns, curry prawns, prawns with snow peas, and walnut prawns, to name a few.
Since 1980, Chef Peking Restaurant has been a longtime favorite of the Peninsula. Eddie and Shirley Shyy have been running the restaurant for close to 25 years and have now turned over the business to their son Arthur, who will continue the tradition of a family style restaurant, with friendly service and tasty food.
Cuisine Type: Chinese and Vietnamese
Handicap Accessible: No
Number of Tables: 5?10
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
Delivery/Takeout Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: No
The chefs at Chin's Restaurant work from a menu of comforting noodle soups, seafood dishes, chicken and beef entrees, and vegetarian eats. They draw on Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai cooking traditions to create such dishes as szechuan beef, coconut curry tofu, and a noodle soup brimming with rare and well-done steak, tripe, and beef balls. The chefs also cater parties and jury-duty reunions, serving up banh mi sandwiches and dim sum shumai.