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Lebanese charcoal-grilled meat spot opens, plus other new Peninsula and South Bay eats

Cocktails and barbecue of all types appear to be the theme for brand spanking new openings on the Peninsula and within the South Bay in November. San Carlos acquired a brand new Lebanese barbecue specialist, whereas a robotic waiter is serving up skewered squid in Cupertino. Three new bars made their debut, together with a Korean-French resort bar from a former Spruce chef. Plus, San Jose can rejoice the arrival of cult favourite boba store Tiger Sugar.

Learn on for extra on every opening.

Jood, San Carlos

The husband-and-wife group from Belmont’s standard Center Japanese spot Falafelle have opened a second restaurant specializing in Lebanese barbecue. At Jood in downtown San Carlos, Rawan and Khaled Harbali char meats on traditional metallic skewers over charcoal (they use a Japanese grill) in homage to the widespread grilling traditions of their native Lebanon. Chargrilled meats are consolation meals to the Harbalis, which they sometimes servewith bulgur, spiced rice or wrapped in lavash, a sort of flatbread. Choices right here embody a complete butterflied rooster, hunks of ribeye, plant-based Not possible meat and greens resembling cauliflower and eggplant. The proteins come as plates with sides, like bulgur or grilled baguette slathered with garlicky housemade toum, or as lavash sandwiches. Even salads get the grill remedy, like charred halloumi with kale, walnuts and blood orange.

Jood. Indoor eating and takeout. 11 a.m. to eight p.m. Monday-Saturday. 635 Laurel St., San Carlos. eatjood.com

Bar Bonmot, Cupertino

Smoked date and potato purée with crispy perilla and candied anchovies from Bar Bon Mot in Cupertino.

Courtesy Albert Regulation

The cocktails and meals at Bar Bonmot, newly open contained in the Residence Inn by Marriott resort in Cupertino, showcase chef James Lims’ affinity for enjoying with Korean components and French strategies. Assume a crudo with a French remoulade sauce constructed from Korean doenjang, or a kimchi buckwheat crepe. Drinks incorporate components like roasted barley, perilla shrub and pickled radish water — the bar’s reply to the olive brine for a Korean riff on a grimy martini.

Bar Bonmot. Indoor eating. 19429 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino. 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. barbonmot.com

Wunderbar, San Mateo

A martini and Valiant Quest cocktail served at Wunderbar in San Mateo.

A martini and Valiant Quest cocktail served at Wunderbar in San Mateo.

Courtesy Stephanie Amberg

The Peninsula is now house to a different swanky cocktail bar: Wunderbar, a moody speakeasy hidden within the basement of San Mateo restaurant Wursthall. Settle right into a deep pink leather-based chair, seize a bowl of popcorn and order from the tarot card-inspired menu. On one facet is a traditional cocktail, like an quaint or martini, and on the again facet are bar supervisor Kiernan Moran’s remixes. Moran’s riff on the Outdated Common, for instance, will get extra complexity from cocoa bitters and two totally different sorts of amaro: one bitter and one candy, with notes of molasses.

Wunderbar. Indoor eating by reservation solely. Proof of vaccination required. 4:30-11 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday. 4:30-11:30 pm. Friday-Saturday. 310 Baldwin Ave., San Mateo. exploretock.com/wunderbarsanmateo

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