Rooh: Modern Indian food is the name of the game at Rooh, the first Peninsula restaurant for owners who run several Indian restaurants in the U.S. and New Delhi. The restaurant's calling card is a 13-foot custom wood-fired grill, smoker and tandoori oven setup that churns out charred tandoori pineapple, roasted eggplant and duck kebabs. 473 University Ave., Palo Alto; roohpaloalto.com.
Pacific Catch: Stanford Shopping Center's newest dining option is Pacific Catch, a Bay Area seafood restaurant focused on sustainability. It replaced the longtime Max's Opera Cafe. 711 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; pacificcatch.com.
The Don's Deli: Christopher Shawwa opened his third deli in Mountain View in early January, serving classic and inventive deli sandwiches, including with housemade tri-tip, pulled pork, falafel and vegan chicken. His sandwich shops (also in San Jose and Sunnyvale) double as training programs for employees who want to open their own food businesses. 2105 Middlefield Way, Mountain View; thedonsdeli.com.
Kakaroto Japanese Restaurant: Kakaroto recently replaced Niji Sushi in downtown Mountain View. Beyond sushi, there's donburi, katsu, teriyaki and other Japanese fare. 743 W. Dana St., Mountain View.
Noodle King: Handmade biang biang noodles, Taiwanese popcorn chicken, fried leek dumplings and other Chinese dishes are on the menu at Noodle King, which took over the downtown space vacated by Sweethoney Dessert. 841 Villa St., Mountain View.
Sweet Diplomacy: The owner of this gluten-free bakery uses sweet rice, almond and tapioca flours, alternative sweeteners and coconut oil to make diet-inclusive cupcakes, madeleines, cookies and other baked goods. The 500-square-foot bakery (formerly Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum) also serves coffee, tea and hot chocolate. 209 1st St., Los Altos; sweetdiplomacy.com.
Sushi Shin: Jason Zhan, a native of China who trained at top sushi restaurants in New York City, opened this nine-seat omakase bar in early January. The seafood comes from Toyosu Market in Tokyo. 312 Arguello St., Redwood City; sushishinredwoodcity.com.
La Stanza Cucina Italiana: Piccolo Ristorante has a new name and new owners. Now La Stanza, the neighborhood Italian restaurant is run by Angelo Cucco and Miguel Prado, according to an OpenTable description. Elio D'Urzo opened Piccolo in 2012. 651 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park; lastanzacucina.com.
Pluto's: Pluto's has gone dark after more than 20 years of salads and sandwiches. A sign posted on the door says it is "temporarily closed for a refresh" but it's not clear when or whether it will reopen. The owner did not respond to an interview request, the restaurant's phone number is disconnected and its website is no longer operational. 482 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Amber Dhara: In case you missed it, Indian restaurant Amber Dhara closed in late December to make way for Sweet Maple, a San Francisco brunch favorite, opening there this summer. 150 University Ave., Palo Alto.
Sunny Bowl: Korean eatery Sunny Bowl, which served customizable bibimbap bowls since 2009, is no more. 1477 Plymouth St. Suite D, Mountain View.
Crawfish Bros: Will 2020 be the year a concept actually sticks at 124 Castro St.? The space has in recent years been an oyster bar, taco eatery, a rebranded tapas restaurant, then Chop & Pub and most recently, Crawfish Bros, which closed in late 2019. 124 Castro St., Mountain View.
Krung Thai: This Thai restaurant closed for good in late 2019. Those who are missing Krung Thai's food can visit the owners' other restaurant, New Krung Thai Restaurant, in San Jose. 590 Showers Drive, Mountain View.
Spice Kit: It's not closed yet, but get your last Spice Kit banh mi and rice bowls in soon. The fast-casual Asian street food eatery is closing in February, according to an employee. 340 California Ave., Palo Alto.
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