Saturday, February 23, 2008

Temptations Restaurant and Bar (Indian Chinese Fusion), Mountain View California

Anyone who has walked down the Castro street in the quaint Mountain View downtown knows that there are several interesting restaurants and cafes here that serve delectable cuisines! This area is a food-lover's paradise, and to sustain a restaurant in this highly competitive place, you need to provide something unique to the foodie's palette. Temptations seems to be holding its ground by providing Indian-Chinese fusion food, basically, authentic indian food prepared with asian/chinese spices and curries that essentially translates hot, spicy and deliciously tantalizing!

Temptations deserves a special note for its chic, colorful and asian-indian interior with bright-colored walls and soft lights. The decor focusses on two main colors: Blue and Orange colors representing Water and Fire, and signifying Hot and Cold, Yin and Yang, Sweet and Sour, Spicy and Mild tastes of dishes. The place is a bit cramped though, especially around the bar area. They have an extensive choice of wines and cocktails. The place is kid-friendly, but if you are a larger group, I'd recommend calling ahead for reservations. As a romantic alternative, you can opt to be seated on the heated patio.

The food and excellent service are the highlights though. Chicken Lollipop and Monchow Soup are great for starters, followed by main course entrees comprising of stir-frys, gravies, rice dishes and noodles. Gobi Manchurian, Szechwan Noodles, Ginger Manchurian Dry, Paneer Chilli are worth a try, and all entries are available with chicken, lamb and shrimp option. For people looking for authentic north-indian or mughlai food, they also offer the traditional cuisine that you'd find in any other restaurant. But indian-chinese food is what makes this restaurant special! The waiting staff is courteous and helpful, guiding you through the menu choices. The service is a bit slower, and I'm just affiliating that to the fact that cooking fresh food takes time:), but the food is worth the wait. Spicy and flavored with authentic spices, the taste leaves an impression far after you are done with your dinner!

The dessert doesn't offer more choices, and Rasmalai and Pista Kulfi are the best choices. As I said, the place is small, hence I wouldn't recommend it for a large party, unless you choose a non-peak time. They also have a lunch menu which can offer a welcome reprise from your daily meals and sandwiches. Overall, I'd say Temptations is an above-average experience, and if you are looking for some different kind of food in the mountain view downtown, give this a try!

Temptations in Mountain View

288 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94041
Phone - (650) 625-1234
Temptations Indian Restaurant

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