Where to eat this rare buttery delight and cheese, plus nine more new restaurants on the Peninsula and South Bay

June saw an exciting array of restaurants debuting on the Peninsula and South Bay dining scenes.

Diners have fresh take on Georgian, Hawaiian, Japanese, regional Chinese and French cuisine – not to mention indulge in Italian food and wine at the Gulf’s first Italian restaurant. Two companies focused on the climax trendy foods that swept the Bay Area, and they also hit Nashville Spicy Chicken and Quesaberia.

In addition to this list, at least four new cafes have recently opened: Mints & Honey in Burlingame, Lookout Coffee in Campbell, Voyager Craft Coffee in Cupertino, and Cafe Siete in Burlingame, whose menu and name are inspired by the Korean boy band Got7. .

Read on to find out more about 10 new restaurants on the Peninsula and in the South Bay.

Georgian restaurant is expanding

One of the best Georgian restaurants in the Bay Area, Palo Alto’s Bevri now has a second location in Los Altos. Head to Bevri’s bevri’s khachapuri advaruli, a boat-shaped display cart of bread, cheese and butter; The dumplings khinkali are plump. And a lot of Georgian wine. Angel has quickly garnered critical acclaim since Beverly opened in 2018, including from Chronicle critic Sully Ho.

325 Main Street, Los Altos. bevri.com

Mountain View gets an upscale spot from omakase

The head chef serves up fresh mono and wasabi at Katsu’s new upscale restaurant, omakase in Mountain View.

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Chapter two from the owners of Sushi Maruyama in San Mateo is Katsu, a $230 omakase experience. It’s definitely a higher end (and more expensive) than anything in the vicinity. Chef Katsu Maruyama serves up a seasonal edomae-style menu from an intimate eight-seat sushi bar; I think Ikura hand rolls and Nigiri Kohada are covered with crunchy egg yolk.

859 Villa Street – Mountain View. sushi-katsu-mv.com

The spicy Nashville chicken specialist arrives

Scratch, the popular Nashville-inspired hot chicken food truck, has opened its first restaurant in downtown San Jose. Huge puffed sandwiches with spicy fried chicken, as well as chicken tenders on top of French fries with pickles, are on the menu. Customers can choose their spice adventure from seven heat levels, from the subtlest of cayenne to a fiery blend of habanero, ghost pepper, scorpion and Carolina Reaper pepper.

30 Fountain Alley, Suite 150, San Jose. instagram.com/scratch.sj

Hand-pulled noodles in San Mateo

Popular dishes at Ox9 Lanzhou Handpulled Noodles in San Mateo include Lanzhou beef stew with noodles, spicy beef steak, and chile oil noodles.

Popular dishes at Ox9 Lanzhou Handpulled Noodles in San Mateo include Lanzhou beef stew with noodles, spicy beef steak, and chile oil noodles.

Paul Kuroda / Exclusive to The Chronicle

Ox 9 appears to be the first restaurant on the peninsula and one of only a few in the Bay Area dedicated to hand-pulled Lancho noodles. Watch the staff masterfully craft the freshest pasta in the kitchen, rolling dough balls into six different shapes and widths. Diners can customize bowls of Lancho-style soup with their choice of noodles, from thin, ramen-like noodles to thick, flat noodles. This is the third restaurant from Lanzhou Noodle Shop owners in Milpitas and Cupertino.

11 SB Street, San Mateo. 39miles.com/z/09688759

A new place for Hawaiian classics

Lunch and poke are on the menu at the first Pono Hawaiian Grill in downtown San Jose. Expect Hawaiian staples like spam stuffed with musubi and roast for a taste of moko with brown gravy and eggs; And poke bowls with shoyu marinated tuna and wasabi aioli.

86 Market Street N. , San Jose. ponohawaiian.com

The Swiss chocolate industry is expanding

Swiss chocolate is available in flavors like calamansi-gianduja and pistachio-marzipan at Sweet55. The new chocolate shop, which opened in late June in Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, also serves desserts like layer cakes, linzer pies, and ice cream sandwiches. Owner Ursula Schnyde opened the first Sweet55 in 2016 in Half Moon Bay, where all the chocolate is produced in small batches. The Palo Alto store is located next to the Tin Pot Creamery, towards the back of the El Camino Real Shopping Centre.

855 El Camino Real, Suite 123, Palo Alto. sweet55.com

New restaurant from a local French owner

Downtown Los Gatos is now home to Chez Philippe, a classic French restaurant serving croque monsieur, crepes, and duck confit. Owner Philippe Leroy is best known for opening French restaurants Pastis and La Bohème in Palo Alto. Chez Philippie serves casual bistro fare during the day such as ratatouille crepes and hearty dishes for dinner, including coke au vin and grilled buffett steak.

34 N. Santa Cruz Ave. , Los Gatos. chezphilippelosgatos.com

Daytime Restaurant opens on Sand Hill Road

Sand Hill Street in Menlo Park is known for its venture capital firms, not the food scene. But there’s a new place to eat: Sand Hill Kitchen, a casual restaurant hidden in a tech office complex. In the morning, the restaurant serves breakfast sandwiches on sourdough English muffins with ham sausage and toast using bread from Mountain View’s the Midwife and the Baker. Lunch turns into a Cobb salad, fried chicken sandwich, and carrot soup topped with crunchy cilantro. Due to its location, Sand Hill Kitchen is only open during the day, Monday through Friday.

2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park. thesandhillkitchen.com

More quesabirria, please

There is no shortage of quesabirria in the Bay Area, and this trend may have helped a South Bay catering company grow into a food truck. Rosario’s Tacos now offers a small menu of birria and shrimp tacos, plus Consommé, from its new truck in San Jose.

1948 Alum Rock Street, San Jose. instagram.com/rosarios_tacos

The mecca of Italian food is here

Daniel Everhart, Fresh Pasta Manager, makes pasta at the newly opened Italian Restaurant in Westfield Valley Fair Mall.

Daniel Everhart, Fresh Pasta Manager, makes pasta at the newly opened Italian Restaurant in Westfield Valley Fair Mall.

Constanza Hevia H / Exclusive to The Chronicle

Italy’s first Bay Area outpost opened in June in San Jose for long lines and lots of excitement. The three-story food court at Westfield Valley Fair is home to two restaurants, a café, a gelato shop, a bakery, a butcher, a seafood counter, and a market filled with thousands of imported Italian goods. Overwhelmed by options? Here are six things to try in Italy, from gelato to Roman-style pizza.

Westfield Valley Gallery, 2855 Stevens Creek Blvd. , San Jose. eataly.com/us_en/stores/silicon-valley

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