Dinner in Fremont to Milpitas zone
Could anyone suggest a great restaurant off of 880 anywhere between Fremont and Milpitas? We will be driving from Sunnyvale and Berkeley respectively. Good food is the priority with a nice atmosphere a plus. We are a group of four good friends who love food, haven't seen each other in a while and enjoy ethnic cuisine. This part of the bay area remains a culinary mystery to me, though I've heard rumors of good Indian. I've checked the board for past reviews but didn't find a place that garnered consensus or seemed just right for us. Thanks for any assistance you can give.
Thanks everyone for the great recommendations. I guess I'll have to stop in Fremont to eat more often. Our group ended up at Salang Pass around 7:30pm last Monday night. The restaurant was very quiet and no one was seated in the pillow dining area, so we made ourselves at home. I would hesitate to have anyone not very agile sit there as it took some work to get comfortable.
As for the food, it was quite delicious. We started with the eggplant appetizer, the pumpkin appetizer, the bolani and hummus. I thought the bolani was especially good, but then I'm a sucker for pan-fried bread stuffed with seasoned pototoes. It was slightly hot-spicy, which I liked, but it did not remind me of a calzone at all, which was how it was described on the menu. The eggplant also really stood out. The hummus was nothing special, perhaps a lack of garlic? and the bread they brought was mediocre. I've had fresh pita at other places (Turkish Kitchen for one) that came out warm and was much more flavorful with a better texture.
For mains, we had the Quabili Pallow and the rice really is outstanding. I actually preferred the chicken kabob plate, which was our other main except I would have hated to miss the rice with all its raisiny, carroty goodness. We finished off with mint tea - not on the menu, but they were very accommodating with our request for a hot decaffeinated beverage - their baklava, which I did not try as it looked rather dry and hard, and mango ice cream, pretty average.
The service was attentive and swift, most likely due to the emptiness of the restaurant. We also were not in a hurry since there was much catching up to do among all of us.
37462 Fremont Blvd, Fremont, CA 94536
Ice Cream Cafe
536 Davis St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Two basic areas with good food. First, the Mowry exit, (West side of 880). Good indian, (Bombay Garden). Just past the mall is a Lion food mart with a load of good asian, from tea places to a good Korean (Lee's Tofu or Manna) and great Vietnamese (Vung Tau).
Down further south at 237 is a great collection of classic Chinese places. I'm a sucker for ABC Seafood, but there's so many down there that I can't even list them. Southwest side of 237/880 interchange.
Vung Tau Restaurant
6092 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560
5890 Mowry School Rd, Newark, CA 94560
Bombay Garden Restaurant
5995 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560
Lee's Tofu House
6050 Mowry Ave, Newark, CA 94560
ABC Seafood - Milpitas - duplicate
768 Barber Lane, Milpitas, CA 95053
If that's the spot I think it is (regular tables and low slung pillows), it's excellent. For some reason we couldn't find it last time through Fremont, the spot looked closed, but since your post is so recent we must have missed it.
The pumpkin appetizer is splendid and I believe all the lamb is Halal (the Muslim version of Kosher).
We also stopped at one of the local Afghan markets and loaded up on the bread and a number of spices either hard to find or a lot more expensive elsewhere (including zatar and dried mint).