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Jun 8, 2007 05:50 PM

Milpitas area Chinese or other Asian rec?

I spent close to 3 hours reading posts on the deep Peninsula and adjacent areas:
I ended up with my head spinning

One of our party cannot tolerate cilantro or rau ram (sp?), so that might make Vietnamese iffy, which was the kind recommendation in response to my previous post on this topic, when I asked about Asian in general.

We live in SF and would love something we can't get or get as good in the immediate area.

Does--I know I'm unlikely to get this right--Dakapradesh still exist and, if so, is it still good?

Thanks again.

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  1. Everytime I go to Milpitas I end up at Banana Leaf at Macarthy Ranch. It's Malaysian and Thai cuisine. Really good food! But it can get crowded and loud and you'll have to wait for a table. It's worth it, especially if you've never been. Start with the roti prata or roti telur with that delicious sauce and don't pass up the pineapple fried rice.

    I don't think there is a comparable restaurant in the city.

    1. There's a huge Asian mall in Milpitas with a wide variety of restaurants. Probably the most recommended one is Darda (Islamic Chinese). I'm a little confused about your reference to the Peninsula, though. What does the Peninsula have to do with Milpitas? Are you looking for something in Milpitas or south Fremont, or will places in the south Peninsula do as well?

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Gee--Since I live in San Francisco, it seems to me I'm much nearer to Milpitas when in San Jose than at home, but I may just be geographically challenged!

        1. re: Fine

          Milipitas is indeed near San Jose, but it's on the other side of the Bay (or across the flatlands at that end of the Bay), not the Peninsula. Fremont is actually in Alameda County.

      2. Dasaprakash is the correct name, and yes, it still exists. I've never been, but here's their website:

        For South Indian, I've wanted to try Tirupathi Bhimas in Milpitas:

        For Sichuan, there's South Legend in Milpitas.
        Link to their spiffy website:
        Link to group lunch post:

        For Malaysian, there's Layang Layang in San Jose, although I've heard some mixed reports lately.

        I'd really like to try Zeni Ethiopian in San Jose with a group.

        You might also consider one of the Korean places or Japanese izakayas in the area.

        Please report back!

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        1. re: Carb Lover

          Thanks very much.

          Can anyone compare Zeni to the Berkeley/Oakland Ethiopian spots--is it enough better or should we aim for something we can't find comparable in the SF-EB area?

          I couldn't find a menu for thiru etc.; my query to layang got bounced back.

          I think I'm 10 years too late! About that long ago, it seemed every other time I logged on there was a rave about yet another authentic Asian/East/South or other ethnic cuisine opening in a minimall in the greater SJ region. But somehow, we never got down there around the dinner hour. This Sunday was going to be the charm, at last.

        2. couldn't your friend just ask that they hold the cilantro if everyone else is into Vietnamese then there are still plenty of dishes w/o cilantro.

          1. hello, we enjoyed our meals at Tirupathi Bhimas and at Woodlands (Newark I think, not distant and in a big Asian food-centric mall). South Indian food at both,the SF semi-equiv. would be Dosa, which I have not tried; the ambience softer and more comfy at Woodlands. If Palo Alto suits your geographic requirements better, the menu and food at Anna Purna on El Camino Real, another S.Indian place in a pocket of multiple Chinese and Viet restaurants, might surpass both of them.The great majority of S.Indian places I've visited don't serve alcoholic stuff so if you like beer with it, call ahead to see if they permit b.y.o.b. cheers