Elegant Chinese. $$$. Extensive menu features meals from both the land and sea, including duck, suckling pig, chicken, Chinese broccoli, and an array of fresh fish and shellfish. Prices may seem a little elevated, but what you get is well worth the expense. Full bar. 768 Barber Lane, Unit 206., Milpitas, CA. 408.435.8888.
Filipino-Hawaiian. $. Hearty, honest food in large portions; chicken, pork, beef, salmon or crab entrees. Lunches are the best deals. Closed Sun. 100 Dixon Rd, Milpitas, CA. 408.945.9055.
Southeast Asian/Malaysian. $$$. A charming, exotic gem of a place with some of the best Southeast Asian food in the county. Each dish holds its place as a work of culinary art, bursting with color and flavor, aroma and spice, with sauces that are masterfully crafted and reduced to glossy consistencies. Closed Sun. 182 Ranch Drive. 408.719.9811. www.bananaleaf-usa.com.
Lu Lai Garden
Vegetarian Chinese. $. Meatless dim sum, a rare find, brings in a lunch crowd. Regular menu bests:artful veggies, sizzling platters, clay pots. 210 Barber Ct, Milpitas, CA. 408.526.9888.
Thai/Vietnamese. $$. The attractive room belies the low prices. Fusion menu offers mainstays like bun and claypots. Beer, wine. Closed Mon. 1720 N. Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA. 408.934.3970.
Indian. $. Swagat explores both southern and northern Indian cuisine in its traditional and extensive menu. Casual. Beer, wine. 68 S. Abel St, Milpitas, CA. 408.262.1128.
California. $$. Coffee-shop comfort mixed with an extensive wine list and a vast menu. Laid-back elegance. Full bar. 1350 S. Park Victoria Dr, #27, Milpitas, CA. 408.946.4000.