Aslam’s Rasoi in the Mission has been a favorite Indian and Pakistani spot in San Francisco for a decade. Now the Aslam family has a stylish outpost on the Peninsula: Rasoi Restaurant & Lounge in Burlingame. The $7 appetizer sampler of samosas, papadum and vegetable pakoras is a great way to start before venturing into tandoori specialties, including the restaurant’s signature yogurt and spice marinated lamb chops. The lengthy menu features chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrees, rice dishes (fragrant pulao or biryani) as well as naan baked to order, and raita and mango chutney for dipping. Chai is made in house, refreshing lassi (the yogurt drink) is offered in two varieties, and beer, wine and cocktails are served. Rasoi’s contemporary lounge – it has an indoor fireplace and low tables with backless cubes for seats – stays open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
1425 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame; (650) 579-5661. Rasoiburlingame.com
Boiling BeiJing has taken the place of JK Kitchen in San Bruno. The menu of Northern Chinese cuisine includes Beijing specialties, such as Peking duck, as well as fiery Szechuan dishes such as a “hot and numbing spicy” shrimp hot pot. Diners frequently start a meal by sharing drunken chicken, Szechuan cold noodles and other chilled small plates. Large dishes, served family style, range from tomato and beef claypot to Beijing-style soy sauce braised pork. Among some 100 menu selections, the Islamic influence in Northern China is apparent in dishes such as the cumin lamb and the “Chinese Hamburger.” The mid-sized dining room boasts oversized wooden tables, an elaborate ceiling and gorgeous Chinese art.
649 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno; (650) 952-3388.
West Coast pizza chain Patxi’s has opened its 15th location in downtown San Carlos. Interestingly, it’s the first new Peninsula site since the original opened in Palo Alto in 2004. Thin-crust pizzas cooked in a 900-degree Italian oven are offered, but Chicago-style, deep-dish pies, available in three sizes, are the centerpiece. The “Alfredo” with roasted chicken, broccoli and a bianco sauce, and the “Matt Cain” with pepperoni and garlic-fennel sausage are two of the unique deep-dish creations. Diners also can design their own pizzas from a long list of ingredients. The vast restaurant has an industrial look with soaring ceilings and exposed wood and metal ducts, plus a bar serving more than 20 beers on tap.
677 Laurel St., San Carlos; (650) 832-1112. Patxispizza.com
After 17 years, Café Gibratar has closed its doors; chef-owners Jose Luis Ugalde and Liam Durkee wanted to pursue opportunities away from restaurants and spend time with family. The small Indian restaurant chain Clay Oven, with six locations around the Bay Area, will replace the Zagat and Michelin-recommended restaurant known for its Mediterranean- influenced California cuisine and location near the Pacific.
425 Avenue Alhambra, El Granada