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The Yellow Chilli

It sems like there has been more closings than openings of new restaurants in our area lately, but as we gradually begin to get back to normal life after Covid, the dining scene is changing. Here are a few suggestions you might like to consider.

Danville – The Yellow Chilli

Taking over the space previously occupied by Maria Maria in the Rose Garden, this is an upscale Indian restaurant from celebrity chef, Sanjeev Kapoor.

The large, elegant dining room is complemented by a spacious patio with fire pit and lots of seating, and the menu is far from the typical Indian restaurant menu. Certainly you can find familiar dishes such as Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala and some Biryanis, but there the similarity ends. Tandoori Sea Bass is not a dish you would expect to see, for example, not to mention a number of goat curries. There is a good choice her though, and vegetarians are also well catered for. This is certainly rather more expensive than most Indian restaurants but definitely worth a visit.

Website: theyellowchillidanville.com

Pleasant Hill – T’Zunun

Again, a new take on what you would typically expect, T’Zunun is an imaginative, somewhat upscale Mexican restaurant in a strip mall at 2618 Pleasant Hill Road. Set in a very attractive, somewhat rustic, space, there is a full bar and an outside deck with plenty of seating.

The menu is not what you might expect if you are familiar with most Mexican restaurants in our area. Wild Alaskan King Salmon, an 18oz Ribeye or the Arroz a la Tombada (a paella-like seafood dish that incorporates sea bass, mussels and clams).

For those looking for something less filling, there is a selection of interesting tacos, such as duck confit carnitas or Maine lobster. All are hand-made, in house.

Website: tzununrestaurant.com

Walnut Creek – Bar Camino

Opening mid-November and taking over the space fleetingly occupied by El Charro, we anxiously wait to see what this new Mexican restaurant will be like.

Website: barcamino.com

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