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Zareen's opens Friday in Palo Alto

Uploaded: Oct 5, 2016
Mountain View restaurant Zareen's will open location no. 2 this Friday, Oct. 7, in Palo Alto.

Zareen's, which serves traditional as well as more fusion-style Pakistani and Indian food, is opening at 365 California Ave., the former home of create-your-own pizza chain Pizza Studio. The restaurant is holding a "friends and family" event on Thursday, then opening to the public on Friday, owner Zareen Khan wrote in an email.


The grilled chicken boti meal at Zareen's in Mountain View served with basmati rice, naan and other sides. Pictured with a mango lassi drink. Photo by Natalia Nazarova/Palo Alto Weekly.

The restaurant will start with limited hours in the first month of business — lunch only for the first six days, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday after that, Khan said. She plans to "be up to full operations in November."

Khan, who grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, opened the first Zareen's in a Mountain View strip mall just off Shoreline Boulevard in 2014. She decided recently to open another location not only to secure more space (the Mountain View restaurant seats only 15 inside and has limited kitchen space) but also because the original Zareen's could be forced to close if the City of Mountain View approves LinkedIn's plans to build a massive 10-building campus at the Plymouth Drive site and surrounding area.

The Palo Alto restaurant will serve the same food as the Mountain View location, Khan has said, with some additions as a result of the increased kitchen space. Check out the menu here.

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Posted by SEA_SEELAM REDDY, a resident of College Terrace,
on Oct 11, 2016 at 12:48 pm

SEA_SEELAM REDDY is a registered user.

Very Cool.

Good to have more authentic south Asian food from Pakistan and different regions of Pakistan.

Best wishes on their endeavor!


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Posted by Az K., a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Oct 15, 2016 at 12:14 am

Great to hear! Huge fan of Zareen's - this will be a great addition to the sparse south asian scene in AP/Menlo.

Glad she picked Cal Ave in Palo Alto, moving closer to us.


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Posted by Jameson Zhang, a resident of Evergreen Park,
on Dec 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm

I'm so happy they opened up near me; I've been eating there almost every week now!


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