From bowls of vegetable-filled bibimbap to sizzling platters of marinated beef bulgogi, the hefty portions that Korea House piles onto plates leave diners stuffed with the peninsula’s most authentic tastes. Chefs show off techniques learned here and abroad, marinating Korean-style short ribs in a barbecue sauce and serving broiled eel over smoldering coals. Their signature hot pots pair morsels of crab and pork with squirts of hot sauce and kimchi. Although meat often plays a leading role in the dishes, the Sunnyvale eatery also caters to vegetarians by slicing and dicing fresh ingredients into traditional mung-bean pancakes and frying vegetables into the shape of the letter V.
Since 1986, Mehran Restaurant has specialized in Halal meats and Middle Eastern cuisine. Chefs simmer morsels of goat with tomato sauce, roast marinated lamb chops in a tandoor oven, and cook pickled chicken meat with herbs and spices. Servers fill glasses with pours of Indian tea or creamy mango lassi.
Two decades after Mio Vicino cooked up its first plate of clam-dappled linguine, many of its original chefs still remain steadfast in the kitchen, mincing garlic, sculpting meatballs, and ribboning strands of housemade pasta. These culinary wizards have since refined their California-inspired italian pasta and pizza, earning recognition from CBS San Francisco for being a top South Bay pizza venue. Their kitchen abounds with energy and savory aromas as pans simmer with creamy sauces and ovens glow with artisanal meat and seafood.
In the dining room, surrounded by sun-yellow walls and exposed brick, parties dip crispy italian bread into pools of oil and freshly roasted garlic resting upon green-checkered tabletops. Light pours in through lofty windows and glimmers off glasses of fine wine and bottles of beer. The restaurant's private banquet room, meanwhile, boasts elegant chandeliers and a flat-screen television, making it an ideal venue for corporate lunches or exclusive screenings of the first 10 seasons of Dallas.
Inside White Elephant Restaurant, wood floors and light-beige walls convey a simple elegance befitting of its wide-reaching menu of Thai favorites. To prevent the eatery's tables from levitating, White Elephant's servers anchor them with hefty plates of pan-fried rice noodles with calamari, pad thai, and garlic-lover's tofu with sautéed garlic, black pepper, and thai seasoning. The menu also unfurls a long line of specialty sushi rolls that bundle up delicious sea fruits such as tempura shrimp, spicy crab, and yellowtail.
Though it first opened its doors way back in 1977, La Paloma still garners plenty of praise. Metro active, for instance, named it one of Silicon Valley's best Mexican eateries for 2013.
Now run by third-generation restaurateurs, La Paloma continues showcasing the classic Mexican flavors that made it popular, from shrimp fajitas served on sizzling skillets to tortas filled with steak, avocado, and grilled onions. Cooks cater to vegetarian diners as well with such dishes as enchiladas stuffed with mushrooms, spinach, and almonds. To help wash down each bite, bartenders craft plentiful libations, including a French take on margaritas made with tequila and Cointreau liqueur.
With more than 60 toppings and eight different flavors featured daily, Frozo's offers tangy, tasty frozen yogurt in a seemingly limitless amount of combinations. Yogurts are priced at 39 cents per ounce and are backed by a massive arsenal of flavors, which are phased in and out of rotation, much like Earth's three identical moons. Submerge taste buds in fruity flavors such as Luscious Lemon or Georgia Peach, or satisfy a candy-bar connoisseur with Heath toffee or Mounds Bar creations. Sugar-free options abound, such as boysenberry and cappuccino, and dairy shunners can still get in on the fro-yo fun with Passion Fruit and Mango Tango. Complete a dessert masterpiece with a crown of sprinkled toppings, which range from fresh strawberries and kiwi to peanut-butter cups and gummi bears. Those that are still hungry even after inhaling a mountain of yogurt can sip on fruit smoothies or enjoy a post-victory coffee. Snack on a healthier alternative to ice cream and taste the bounty of Norway's yogurt fjords with a visit to Frozo's.
Though pizza hails from Italy, the cooks at GuGu's Pizza & Pasta aren't afraid to integrate flavors from other countries into their handcrafted pies. For instance, they pay homage to the Caribbean with ingredients such as chicken, bell peppers, and jerk seasonings, and evoke flavors of the Hawaiian islands with habaneros, pineapple, and Canadian bacon.
The cooks also think outside of the box when preparing their pastas. They use Jalapeno marinara sauce to spice up the penne arrabiata pasta, and speckle their spicy firecracker shrimp pasta with tricolored bell peppers and white wine sauce. Of course, they still prepare traditional pastas too, such as a meaty lasagna made from a family recipe. In addition to these classic and unique noodle dishes, they prepare a number of house-made selections, including meatball subs, garlic bread, and cannolis.