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Restaurant roundup: Tea, coffee shops open; Persian on the horizon


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Tre Monti, left, the Italian restaurant on Los Altos’ Main Street, opened over the holidays. Rose Market, right, a Middle Eastern grocery and deli, awaits its reopening in Mountain View.

Long-awaited eating establishments opened throughout Los Altos over the holiday season, ranging from bubble tea to Venezuelan fare. But one anticipated Persian eatery remains a work in progress.

Openings and reopenings

T4 Los Altos has opened its doors at 131 Main St. for a soft launch and is planning a grand opening later this month. The Taiwanese tea and snack chain offers boba tea (chilled tea with chewy tapioca pearls) as well as smoothies, snacks and other teas.

Tre Monti, the Italian restaurant at 270 Main St. that took over Miyo Yogurt’s long-empty location, opened over the holidays. It serves house-made pastas, meat and fish, antipasti, pizza and salads. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Spicy mochas and warm arepas are now on offer at Coupa Cafe, newly opened near Whole Foods Market at 4748 El Camino Real in Los Altos. Coupa’s Los Altos location serves coffee, tea, pastries and a cafe menu of sandwiches, salads and breakfast dishes. The cozy space features eat-in seating. The Venezuelan-inspired coffee shop, which has eight locations in the area, was founded in downtown Palo Alto in 2004. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; the Los Altos location is closed Sundays.

Gen Korean BBQ recently opened across the street at 2540 W. El Camino Real. Its all-you-can-eat specials run $16.99 at lunch and $24.99 at dinner, with meat to grill, soups and sauteed rice cakes. The restaurant – just across from Los Altos in Mountain View – offers Korean dishes such as japchae, glass noodles served with vegetables, soondubu soup, an incendiary soup of soft tofu, and doenjang soup made with fermented soybean paste. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Su-dam Korean Cuisine, located one block north on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real, has been the only local source of Korean food up until now.

A few minutes south, the restaurant that took over Shiva’s location at the intersection of California and Castro streets, Flights, is now open, serving “comfort food, Tapas style.” That translates to small plates ranging from tacos to chicken strips to ahi tuna. The name references the restaurant’s central

concept – flights, or small collections, of wine, beer and cocktails as well as foods. Cocktail flights feature options such as tropical (daiquiri, pina colada, mai tai) and mules (Mexican, Kentucky, Moscow). The local chain includes locations in Campbell, Los Gatos and Burlingame.

Longtime Chinese eatery Fu Lam Mum reopened at 153 Castro St. last month serving dim sum and lunch and dinner seven days a week. The expanded weekend dim sum menu features classics such as har gow and siu mai, daikon cake, noodle rolls and custard tarts. The full menu includes noodles, rice and meat, vegetable and seafood dishes. The restaurant had been closed since 2016 for an extensive remodel.

Rose Market

The Persian market returning to a custom-built location in the development at El Camino Real and Castro Street still hasn’t opened, but fans of Rose Market have noted the completed interiors visible from the street. The market and eatery was located in Mountain View from 1988 until its location was demolished – and then rebuilt – as part of a city development deal.

In addition to selling halal meat and hard-to-find Middle Eastern produce, Rose is known for its deli foods and hot grilled kebabs, served at lunch and dinner.

Epicurean honor

In other news, Los Altos based Epicurean Group saw one of its directors honored with an Antonin Careme medal this year.

Roy Bischoff, Epicurean’s director of purchasing, was named a medalist for accomplishments during his nearly 60 years in the food service industry. The award honors those who have “contributed to the culinary profession, education, or the advancement of gastronomy and to the culinary arts.”

The Epicurean Group provides restaurants and catering services to companies, schools and arts facilities in Northern California.

This story was corrected – its original version inaccurately described the location and number of Korean restaurants in the Los Altos area.

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