List of restaurants around downtown Mountain View

M. Hauser, updated 4-Apr-2013
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3/13 Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant opened (895 Villa) to big crowds

3/13 Vaso Azzurro chef opened own restaurant: La Fontaine, 186 Castro

3/13 Temptations (288 Castro) remodeling; ownership transfer notice to “Park Balluchi”

2/13 Olympus Caffe & Bakery replaced Neto, 135 Castro

2/13 March Sunset Magazine has downtown-MV restaurant feature pages 32-34

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Restaurant Profile: Morocco’s

by Max Hauser

When the Essadki brothers sought a second location for their popular San Jose restaurant Morocco’s, they chose Old Mountain View. Morocco’s MV (873 Castro Street) opened in July for dinner and weekday lunch, prompting testimonials on OMVNAtalk. Morocco’s features 150-year-old family Moroccan recipes in a white tablecloth setting.

An unusual practice that you should know about is the European-style 15% “service charge” on bills. Signs on tables alert diners to it, but the practice is unusual here and has surprised a few people. Another Morocco’s novelty is live entertainment most nights. This includes jazz, blues, Flamenco guitar, pop, international, and belly dancing. The Mountain View Voice’s calendar announces the entertainment, as does the Web site http://www.moroccosrestaurant.com/mountain-view/

Beet & potato salad.

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Restaurant Update

by Max Hauser

Agave: A Fiesta del Mar Grill is planned at 194 Castro, former Babbo’s and King of Krung Siam. It’s a new venture of the Casa Feliz group, which owns both Fiesta del Mar restaurants locally and is also part of a larger restaurateur family whose branches operate several distinctive upscale Bay Area Mexican restaurants including La Fiesta (240 Villa), Vive Sol, and Palo Alto Sol.

B’Zu Café is the new name for the former Ristorante Zucca at 186 Castro. Brief remodeling followed an employee buyout and Zucca owner Praveen Singha’s retirement. Such menu changes as occur will be slow, the new managing owner told me; she plans to continue Zucca’s Mediterranean- Greek focus. I stopped by a couple of times after the re-opening and enjoyed a good-value, upscale grilled lunch special.

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Mixer at Artisan Wine Depot, 1st day of Summer, June 21

by Carol Lewis, Newsletter Editor

Meet your neighbors and enjoy fresh Paella with wines from notable California and Spanish regions at modest prices–$3 to $10, sangria, and craft beers at Artisan Wine Depot, 400 W. Villa Street, 5:30–7:30 PM, June 21.

Owner Christine Tran, a Silicon Valley native and Certified Sommelier, is offering a range of wine tasting, and will discuss different Spanish and Californian wines, the winemaking techniques, and what determines their quality. We will learn tasting techniques and wine terminology so you can understand, and articulate your wine preferences. By the end, you will recognize and understand the main types of wine varietals and styles from the two areas and your personal California and Spanish wine preferences so you can choose the exact wine to suit an occasion, venue or budget.

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Restaurant Profile: El Calderon

by David Graham

The best restaurant in Old Mountain View isn’t anywhere near Castro Street.  It’s El Calderon in a quiet little strip mall at Calderon and Church Streets.  El Calderon makes Salvadoran and some Mexican food.  You can get better Mexican food in the Bay Area but not better Salvadoran food.  What is [...]

April 5 Mixer at Scratch!

Meet your neighbors and enjoy a taste of Scratch. Downtown’s elegant new regional-American restaurant has already generated press and online acclaim. Scratch will welcome the neighborhood Tuesday, April 5, from 6:30-8:30PM at 401 Castro. The remarkable half-price “happy hour” deal (described in the restaurant profile below) will be extended to us for this special event. [...]

Restaurant Profile: Scratch

After several meals I’m impressed. I found real class (both obvious and subtle) in Scratch’s kitchen work. A strong guiding vision also shows. … ishes enjoyed so far include most of the dinner-menu “appetizers” like crab cakes, goat-cheese soufflé, an outstanding grilled-prawn “shrimp cocktail,” and especially the Ahi tuna Niçoise salad (about five times). [...]

Eat Like a Samurai DOWNTOWN

—by Hugh Donagher, III

Two Japanese cultural concepts come together at downtown’s new Bushido Izakaya, which opened about seven months ago. In Japan, an izakaya is a small neighborhood place to sit, eat and drink. In the States, it has come to be mean casual Japanese small plate pubs. Bushido, of course, is [...]

Local Restaurant News

by Max Hauser

Chicken Tikka Masala at Shezan

With updated remodeled interior, Shezan (216 Castro, 650 969 1112) replaced Godavari (which in turn supplanted the venerated Sue’s Indian Cuisine after Sue Sista’s death).  Shezan incidentally kept Sue’s original phone number, used since the area code was 415.  Shezan bills itself a Pakistani and [...]

Chez TJ Winner!

Ticket holder 700800, please contact Carter Coleman at carter.coleman@gmail.com IMMEDIATELY. You have won a $300 dinner at Chez TJ.