Large TV screens broadcast international soccer and rugby games as guests seated behind a wooden bar pair bites of Lilly Mac's Irish pub fare with sips of Guinness. Authentic dishes include banger sandwiches topped with HP sauce, irish stew, and fish and chips. Weekly entertainment such as Irish dancing, performances by live bands, and karaoke draws in revelers. Trivia held on Wednesday nights test teams’ knowledge as they compete for money off their bar tabs.
The rich culinary traditions of Italy coalesce on Bistro Mozart’s lunch and dinner menus, which host innovative pairings of pasta and gourmet meats alongside an extensive selection of wines. Hands and tentacles wrestle for first dibs on a plateful of crispy calamari ($10.45 for dinner; $9.95 for lunch), and sautéed jumbo prawns ($10.45 for dinner; $9.95 for lunch) flutter through a sea of white wine, lemon, and garlic. Pasta-based dinner dishes range from angel hair strewn with tomatoes and basil ($12.95) to ritzy pillows of ravioli stuffed with lobster and doused with a creamy lemon vodka sauce ($18.95). Meat-centric entrees available for lunch include a tender chicken breast marinated with marsala and mushrooms ($12.95), and the evening menu features feasts such as a grilled duck breast marinated in orange thyme sauce and sprinkled with dropped French consonants ($21.95). In the twilight of the main course, guests can sip on a glass of chardonnay ($9) or cabernet sauvignon ($10) while scanning a menu of decadent desserts.
The dinner menu is a savory spread of fresh starters, salads, and entrees. Appetites can dip their toothed toes in the edible waters of baked brie puff pastries ($9) or Dungeness crab cakes with avocado mousse and mango salsa ($9.50) before a hearty wedge salad with prosciutto and feta ($6). Larger plates support a wealth of robust entrees; braised short ribs are matched with onion strings and garlic mashed potatoes ($19.50), while the rack of lamb chooses the friendship of rosemary roasted taters, grilled zucchini, and a mint-scented lamb reduction ($24). Seaside cravings extend toward the mesquite-grilled salmon over cherry-walnut rice ($18.50) and the smorgasbord offerings of cioppino, a celebration of mussels, clams, shrimp, white fish, potatoes, and a sea of spicy tomato sauce ($16.50).
Dotted with circles, squares, and rectangles, Olleh Sushi and Tofu House looks a bit like a geometry classroom. Though these wooden shapes could be used for math instruction, they’re instead used as tables topped with Japanese meals and Korean specialties such as tofu soups and barbecued short ribs. More than 75 types of sushi, such as salmon nigiri and crab-and-avo rainbow rolls, pair fresh flavors with vibrant colors that are delivered on plates or in wooden boats. At the bar, mixologists pour Sapporo beer from the tap and deliver bottles of chilled sake in flavors ranging from sweet and fruity to floral and nutty. Nearby, a private dining room welcomes groups with long communal tables and cushy red booths.
Supervised by a Culinary Institute of America–trained chef, kitchen staff at Arka simmer gourmet Indian fare, filling a colorful dining room with savory aromas. The seasonal menu fuses tastes from both the Northern and Southern sectors of the subcontinent to create rich curries as well as regional specialties such as chickpea masala or lentil dumplings. Waiters can suggest wine or beer pairings such as Indian Kingfisher beer or Spanish rioja, and printed symbols on the menu indicate which entrees are gluten-free, vegan, or favored by Batman.
Arka—which means "sun"—surrounds diners in brilliant color as they tuck into their elegantly plated fare. Crimson walls melt into goldenrod, lime green, and purple, and one surface hosts a mural of the restaurant's namesake celestial body.
The chefs at Shalimar Restaurant Sunnyvale fire their tandoor clay ovens with charcoal to barbecue seasoned skewers of meat and bake soft portions of naan. As they cook, aromas of curry spices mingle with cinnamon sticks and cloves, drifting into the dining room. There, diners dig into a menu of traditional Indian and Pakistani dishes incorporating goat, chicken, beef, and lamb, as well as vegetables including spinach, eggplant, and lentils. Customers wash down delicacies with mugs of masala tea or mango lassis made with creamy yogurt before continuing passionate debates over whether Funkytown has its own zip code.