Banana Leaf’s cuisine is a delightful mélange of Malay, Thai, Indian and Chinese. The ambiance is upscale casual with its open kitchen and lively atmosphere, and the place is almost always crowded. They also have dog-friendly outdoor seating. The place is a hit among vegetarians too as there is a different and extensive meatless menu. Must-tries are the Malay satay and pineapple fried rice that comes in a hollowed-out pineapple.
Sen Dai Sushi
Den Dai Sushi offers authentic Japanese food, including sushi, tempura, teriyaki, and some delicious varieties of Japanese home-style dishes. It places an emphasis on seafood. Crabs, tuna, salmon, yellowtail, escolar, shrimp, freshwater eel, octopus, albacore, scallops, mackerel, whiting, and calamari are some of the varieties featured on the menu. Authentic-style comfort food, gracious service, and a cozy setting make this a sushi-lover’s favorite. The California rolls are highly recommended.
Sen Dai Sushi, 224 N Abel St, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 263 1472
Naan-n-Masala is a small mom-and-pop, no-fuss Indian restaurant serving authentic North Indian-style curries and chats. It is a simple cafe, self-service restaurant and is especially popular for its mouthwatering butter chicken, naan, and complimentary chai to wash it all down. The vegetarian and lamb samosas are also highly recommended.
Mikonos Grill offers Greek food that is affordable, fresh, homemade and flavorful. The diner-style restaurant has a casual ambiance with Greek memorabilia such as a flag and a collage of old photos of Mykonos scattered throughout. The restaurant, however, is not about the ambiance but rather the gyros, souvlaki, and falafels. Super gyros and the Greek fries with feta are on the must-try list, along with the baklava.
Mikonos Grill, 756 E Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 942 6972
Owned and managed by Louie and Roula, Mil’s Diner is an old-school American diner with red booths and laminate tabletops serving basic breakfast and lunch fare. Louie, the head chef, makes the fluffiest omelets in town. Roula, the hostess, is very friendly and makes you feel right at home. Their omelets and Cajun-style sausages are very popular, and the mimosa is highly recommended.
Mil’s Diner, 36 S Abbott Ave, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 946 4773
MOH Kitchen is a little mom-and-pop restaurant, a hidden gem, owned and managed by Koko and Phung. He is from Burma, while she is from Thailand – hence, the eclectic mix of Burmese and Thai on the menu. The interiors are adorned with handcrafted frames by Sule Pagoda and other local photographs that are also for sale. The Thai pumpkin curry and the Burmese paratha are must-tries. There is a fascinating fact about the name of the restaurant, so be sure to ask the enthusiastic servers about it.
MOH Kitchen, 1244 S Abel St, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 262 3333
La Milpa is a little family-owned Mexican restaurant with a full bar and a weekend mariachi band. They have been around for quite some time, serving home-style Mexican comfort food, and are quite famous for their Mexican breakfast fare. The service and decor are inviting and cozy, creating a family-style atmosphere. The menu includes tamales, soups, quesadillas, burritos, and breakfast. The menudo and the chicken chimichanga remain all-time favorites.
La Milpa, 107 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 945 6540
Giorgio’s is the place to go for pizza in the South Bay. A single bite into its hand-tossed Quattro Formaggi will show you why. Their menus feature some time-honored southern Italian favorites like veal parmigiana and osso buco. The ambiance is upbeat and trendy with cozy indoor and casual outdoor patio seating. The pizzas here are, no doubt, a must-try, and they have some great vegetarian options.
Giorgio’s, 643 East Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 942 1292
Dish Dash is a top-notch Middle Eastern restaurant, with an ambiance that is trendy and romantic with inviting Mediterranean decor. There is also an outdoor patio seating area which is perfect for spring and summer evenings. The crowd and the wait time in the restaurant is a testimony to its popularity. Top recommended dishes are the mansaf and baklava. There is a good selection of vegetarian dishes on the menu as well.
Dish Dash, 181 Ranch Dr, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 262 6949
Jang Su Jang
This Michelin Guide-recommended upbeat restaurant and bar, with tabletop grilling, offers authentic Korean cuisine. Options include tofu soups, noodles, dumplings, hot pots and more. Complimentary bottomless banchan, watching waitresses cook on the built-in tabletop grill, exemplary service, and delicious Korean fare add to the upscale Korean fine-dining experience. The bulgogi and the seafood pancakes are highly recommended.
Jang Su Jang, 269 W Calaveras Blvd, Milpitas, CA, USA, +1 408 262 3434