P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Chinese. $. With atmosphere to spare—enormous stone horses frame the entrance, alongside hand-painted murals depicting life in the Ming Dynasty—Chang's doesn't neglect taste. Vibrant Szechuan flavors in dishes like chicken chow fun, orange peel shrimp, and Ma Po tofu mix surprisingly well with rich Western-style desserts. Full bar. Daily 11-11; until midnight Fri & Sat. 390 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA. 408.991.9078
Japanese. $. Folksy country deli that offers hot and cold, takeout, eat-in and made to order food in a vibrant array of familiar and not-so-familiar Japanese dishes at prices that beat just about any restaurant's. Closed Sun. 155 E. Maude Ave, Sunnyvale, CA. 408.735.7777
Indian; tandoori and curry specialties. $$$. Turmeric, the magic spice that lends the yellow tinge to many Indian sauces, is an apt name for this spicy dining spot. The curries here are masterful; desserts do not quite rise to the occasion. 141 S. Murphy Ave, Sunnyvale, CA. 408.617.9100.