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Mantra's menu infuses modern Indian cuisine with fresh California influences and a bounty of vegetarian fare, resulting in a cast of familiar favorites alongside newfangled flavors. Start with a small plate of scallops marinated in peppercorn and fennel ($12), the vegetarian grape-leaf-wrapped goat cheese ($8), or, for a bright beginning, the cinnamon-stick lamb "lollipops" ($10). Classics such as the chicken tikka masala ($17) take their esteemed place among original entree creations including the chili-marinated pan-roasted sablefish ($22), served over tomato-basil biryani, asparagus, and mozzarella and drizzled with a cardamom and peanut-infused red-curry sauce, or the Rajasthani duck ($22), rubbed with red chili and served with braised Napa cabbage and shiitake mushrooms. The cinnamon-and-clove-marinated lamb chops "Vinhaleaux" ($22) reforms renegade shepherds, while the paneer "ravioli" ($19), which folds cauliflower, paneer, and cumin into a puff-pastry envelope, pleases vegetarians.

632 Emerson St
Palo Alto,
CA
US

855 El Camino Real
Palo Alto,
CA
US

From the blossoming petals of Indian champa flowers comes an entire external hard-drive of cooking secrets that pack concentrated flavor and ebullient grace into modern Indian dishes. Gayot calls Junnoon one of San Francisco's 10 best Indian restaurants for its commitment to a dining experience surrounded by the warmly elegant ambience of terra-cotta walls, subtle ornamentations, and zero polterghosts. Junnoon's full menu of savory dishes invites soupspoons to bowls of cauliflower and ginger soup ($6) while diners clutch Darjeeling steamed wontons to their hearts before tearing open the pillowy dumplings of pork, green chilies, and garlic chili chutney ($8). Junnoon presents a medley of small-plate meals, featuring minty lamb kebab rolls ($10) alongside hearty entrees like Tamil chicken (sautéed with coconut, onions, curry leaves, coriander, and turmeric, $19) and sesame-crusted tofu with kokum sauce ($15).

150 University Ave
Palo Alto,
CA
US

Taking diners on a journey through the regions of India, the artisan cuisine at The Menu runs the culinary gamut from sizzling tandoori chicken to fluffy naan, each dish composed of fresh, organic, and healthful ingredients. Puffy samosas and crispy kale pakoda are lightly fried in grape-seed oil, while curries are prepared with almonds and other nuts to create a rich, creamy consistency free from the fattiness of cream. These cooking practices are part of The Menu’s commitment to promoting organic food and healthy sustainable living as an active member of the organic movement. In addition to earth-friendly food, part of The Menu’s mission is to be a positive and hands-on member of their community and support local schools and charities through fundraising and nutritional food dives.

Spanning 10,000 square feet, The Menu's interior includes a dining room, wine bar, full stage, and private banquette hall for up to 150 people. On Thursday evenings, the sounds of live jazz fill the expansive space, delighting guests and the hot-air-balloon pilots who transported them there.

2700 W El Camino Real
Mountain View,
CA
US

357 Castro St
Mountain View,
CA
US

Chaat Paradise takes its name from a celebrated Indian street-food tradition, hinting at the colorful smorgasbord of small plates and delicacies found on the restaurant’s menu. Predating modern America's tapas and food-truck crazes by several decades, chaat traces its origins to the markets and roadsides of northern India, where travelers would satisfy their hunger with savory bites of masalas, samosas, and paneer. Along with the restaurant's extensive snack menu, a delicious array of flatbread feasts and vegetarian entrees tempts diners with meat-less curries, creamy dals, and paratha loaves stuffed with $20 bills.

165 E El Camino Real
Mountain View,
CA
US