MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERChicken tikka masala is among the popular Indian dishes on the menu at Noori in San Bruno.

MIKE KOOZMIN/S.F. EXAMINERChicken tikka masala is among the popular Indian dishes on the menu at Noori in San Bruno.

Celebrate two Asian cultures at Oshinae

Oshinae, a Korean and Japanese restaurant (not a Korean-Japanese fusion restaurant), is now open in Millbrae just off the main Broadway stretch, taking over the spot of the Japanese izakaya, Grill Akafuji. The new owners kept the chef to supervise the menu’s Japanese selections, now complemented by a few Korean dishes. Appetizers include izakaya snacks such as agedashi tofu and chicken karage. Udon, soba, teriyaki, tempura and barbecue unagi (eel) are featured among hot entrees and large plates, complemented by a few sashimi and classic sushi choices – no extravagant, nontraditional rolls named after sports teams. A number of sushi and entree boats are available for groups and couples. Diners also may opt for a lunch bento box for $8.95 and a dinner bento box at $12.95. While the Japanese offerings extend for pages on the menu, there are just five Korean selections, including barbecue meat or the classic stone-pot rice dish, bibimbap.

9 Hillcrest Blvd., Millbrae; (650) 692-9967. No website.

San Bruno

Like the aforementioned Oshinae, San Bruno’s Noori combines cuisines of two countries in one restaurant. Indian and Pakistani specialties are showcased at the first Peninsula branch of the San Francisco restaurant. Start with samosas and the Noori deep-fried chicken wings, then choose from the many curries and tandoori oven dishes on the menu. Curries range from India’s caramelized onion- and tomato-based vindaloo to Pakistan’s hearty meat-based gosht, with six meats or seafood to choose from and five spice levels for each curry (the highest level requires diners to sign a waiver). There are numerous vegetarian choices, as well as biriyani and freshly baked naan. Noori’s interior has a refurbished atelier feel with wood floors, brick walls, oversized black leather chairs and an open kitchen, complemented by Bollywood films on television. Don’t forget the made-in-house chai and mango lassi to cool the spices.

632 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno; (650) 589-4279. NooriSF.com

San Mateo

 A popular spot for fresh and healthy juices in San Francisco since opening in 2006, long before juicing became a national trend, Sidewalk Juice finally has expanded to the Peninsula, with a shop in San Mateo. The huge menu includes nearly 100 smoothies, juices, kombuchas, ginger shots and nutritious snacks, such as an açai bowl with granola. Favorites include the Kale Colada Smoothie with coconut and pineapple and The Bruce Lee, a spinach, kale and ginger-based juice.

212 Third Ave., San Mateo; (415) 932-6221. Sidewalk-Juice.com

Menlo Park

 Settling in after its first few months, Borrone MarketBar in Menlo Park has expanded its hours to include late breakfast and lunch. Yes, that means bombolone (Italian beignets filled with vanilla cream) and cappuccino in the morning. The lunch menu, similar to the dinner choices, emphasizes pastas and seasonal starters, with additions including a fried chicken baguette sandwich with corn salad.

1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park; (650) 600-8095. Borronemarketbar.com

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