Kanishka's Gastro Pub
Kanishka's Gastro Pub

Kanishka's Gastro Pub

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kanishkasgastropub.com/
  • Phone: (925) 464-7468
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Tues-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Closed Sunday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Indian, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Paramita Roy
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering: Pick up/Delivery. Please call 650.995.4113 for catering details. Menu selections (not limited to restaurant menu) created with and/or without beer & wine package based on requirements.
  • Entertainment: Rock, Electronic music
    Sports Entertainment on TV
  • Special Events: Fundraiser, Beer Dinner, Wine Dinner, Fashion Shows

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main St and Locust St.
  • Public Transit: BART stop - Walnut Creek
    Local Bus services within Contra Costa County
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking
    Parking Garage: within 1-2 blocks
A word from Kanishka's Gastro Pub
Recognized as "Best Gastropub" in Walnut Creek & "Diner's Choice - Fit for Foodies" by OpenTable Diners and noted for "Best Bites" for lunch by Diablo Magazine.

Kanishka's, a Neo-Indian Gastropub brings you the experience of globally inspired "sharable small plates" cuisine with Indian influences by Exec Chef Paramita Roy in a socializing trendy ambiance. The cuisine is offered over a delectable list of seasonally changing craft beers, wine list and artisanal wine cocktails.

Our innovative cuisine has been developed by Exec Chef/Owner Paramita Roy based on her childhood life memoirs, global travels and has East Indian and Colonial influences as well. Kanishka's is a neighborhood perfect spot for foodies, travelers, socializing with friends and of course a date night.

Open for lunch, dinner and weekday happy hour specials. Available for private events, caterings and weddings.

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Kanishka's Gastro Pub reviews from OpenTable diners
42 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (11)good for groups (8)great for lunch (7)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)romantic (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A gastronomic gem in the San Francisco Bay Area
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Paramita Roy has done a superb job of fusing and blending different ingredients from all parts of the world. We want to taste everything on the menu. This was our 2nd time and we plan to go back every week. I want to meet and shake Paramita's hand for doing Walnut Creek a favor by opening such a gastronomic delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy, different and a great beer selection.
    H3405
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Small but lively place, food is different, small plates OK for two to share. They are on the spicy side, so this food is not for those who don't like some heat. Nice mix of meat types, some veggie, great to get a few dishes and find out what you like. Not such a great wine selection, but the beers are very good and the bartender is knowledgeable. Easy to get to, rear parking also, but WC meter parking, so have lots of change.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walnut Creek Friday Lunch Club Co-Founder
    WFLCVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Very unimpressed with the food quality. I doubt they well be around in a year. The creek has become pretty competitive and I don't them surviving.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great gastro-pub!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Loved the food! A wonderful, interesting variety of dishes! I really appreciated that the heat of the chilies wasn't dumbed down. The servers were very friendly and helpful. I will definitely be back and will recommend to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time visiting, the food flavors were amazing. Four small plates was plenty for my husband and I. I can't wait to go back. Reservations suggested, the restaurant is not very large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Eat Here, But Save Me A Seat
    pandanommer
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The beer selection is amazing and the food is very flavored, but they screwed up our reservation. They managed to get us seated and comped us our drinks, but I would seriously recommend going there for lunch instead of dinner: food is just as tasty, but you won't have to deal with all the insanity that seems to come with dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The cheese plate was over priced with mediocre cheese' I can buy better cheese at the grocery store. The other dish (I forget the name) was incredibly oily chicken over (obviously) old fries. Not what I was looking for. Perhaps I just order the wrong things.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lamb sliders
    chuck
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    The wine list is good. Some nice beers but the lamb sliders are the reason to go. Service is pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    WtisFdsrvcisVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    When this place first opened you had an attentive staff and food was great. I've been back several times thinking it was just an off time but its been three visits of giving them the benefit of the doubt.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Loved the food, each and every dish unique and delicious! BUT...wine selection is weak, ran out and bought my own bottle because didn't like any of their whites. BUT if you are a beer drinker than 5 stars all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    LovefinefoodVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Has potential. Creative Indian food just a bit overdone with the spices. Could be fantastic if they just were a bit more subtle with the seasonings. Some dishes were too spicy to eat. (This is coming from an Indian)
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • CalGal
    CalGal
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Fun and lively little spot! Interesting neo-Indian food with great beers on tap. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service-Great Food
    sbayursbitesVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    How often do you hear this? Such a wonderful concept, such great food-poor service. These guys are doing a great job playing with Indian flavors in food. We had some things that were amazing, but others might find too spicy. The tapas style servings are really well done and can easily be shared with three (four was an exercise in cutting.) They were out of an Indian beer and when asked for a sub, bar person haughtily exclaimed we have a pilsner/kolsch as a substitute. We had to ask three times for one diners soft drink and for our glasses to be refilled-we actually ran out of beverages several times. The employees spent most of the time at the end of the bar eating, chatting on their phones and talking. I want to go back--we'll try again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treat Your Palate to New Experience
    FoodieExplorer
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The lamb sliders on flat bread are a must. The stuffed poblano pepper is also a wonderful blend of texture and spices. Everything is "small plate", so trying several dishes is a great way to get a taste of the executive chef/owner's amazing layered use of spices, a real treat for the discerning palate. Th wine and micro-brew choices are excellent with flights a great option. The atmosphere is lively and very cool. The service is friendly and they keep coming back to see if you need to order anything else. It's got a great bar where you can eat. The bartender, Nate, is very well versed in explanations about the food, wine and beer with flights an option. So it's a great experience for one or a group of friends. It's a must try gem in WC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great addition to the neighborhood
    Steve
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Great tapas. Original menu and loved the drinks. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We made reservations here before theater at Lesher Center. For 4 seasons, we have been trying a new restaurant before each show. We have hardly ever repeated, not because they were bad, but we like change. There are so many restaurants in WC. We will be back to this one!! After reading some Yelp reviews, I was hopeful. But some people always complain. The food was outstanding, the service was excellent! Yes, it was loud, but it was fun!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPER PLACE!
    Jack
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The Deconstructed Flatbread, Monsoon-tini, Lamb Slider Wraps, Chicken Korma and veggie sliders are INCREDIBLE!!!! ....and then there is the Espresso....OMG!!!!!! We make sure to go there AT LEAST once a week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yum!
    Yummers
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food here is really tasty. It is all small share plates so you get to try lots of different flavors. The food is rich, which is great for snacking while drinking beer. We sat at the back of the restaurant at a small table. It felt a bit cramped back there but the other tables looked fine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TedPVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was acceptable but certainly not special or outstanding. Service was very nice. Noise was unbearable. A good place for young people to make out.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kanishka's is my go to in WC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very interesting menu but my favorites: okra tacos, manchurian prawn-tini and lamb sliders to name a few. The wine is good and the beer is very good. The owner, Parmita, is very gracious and accommodating.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but good value ??
    Nick
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We enjoyed the gastronomical experience. The service was great, the food was good. At the end of 5 'small' plates, 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers, I'll be honest, I felt a little swindled with a ~$90 bill. Don't get me wrong, the food was very good, but very overpriced. 4 prawns with a little salsa was priced at $12.00. A chicken and fries dish was more fries (70%) than protein (30%). Either the prices or the serving portions need to be adjusted. For this kind of money, (and maybe a little more) I could have had a romantic dinner for 2 at Prima's 50 yards from this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - Way Too Loud
    JacklynD
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food is good and inventive. Prices are reasonable but.... The restaurant is all hard surfaces and the noise level made the dining experience uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Innovative menu
    wanderwegVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We tried five different dishes, each of which was unique and creative. As expected with innovation, some dishes were better than others. Our favorite was the amuse bouche -- a small bite of a chicken club sandwich, interestingly flavored -- which may appear on future menus. They also had a list of unusual beers to go with the spicy food. We will definitely go back and try different dishes again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eclectic mix of great food and beer
    Stedunne
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great find. The food is an amazing mix of styles and favors. Many dishes leverage Indian spices but you will not see typical Indian restaurant fare. Have been twice now and enjoyed several of the tapas dishes with the tandoori tini being a must. Amazing selection of Belgium style beers has made our visits very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 42 reviews are from the Kanishka's Gastro Pub reviews archive.
  • Great Flavors
    ercarter
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Took my wife here for a date - and though I fear small plates places, we were very happy with the food quality - and even quantity. The flavors were excellent. The beer selection was also great. In our case, we did not leave hungry. We had leftovers for breakfast!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • innovative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Potatoes brava (grade A) crispy potato with interesting spicy sauces. Garbanzo sliders with lettuce instead of bun option (A) it's a good thing we like spicy. As a non-gluten/starch option, I think it would be better to serve the garbanzos in a bowl. The mix was too heavy to eat as a lettuce wrap. Stuffed poblano (A) Prawn-tini (A) sauce was spicy, sweet, tangy, and sticky. Masala fries (B-) would be better if they were less greasy and cut thicker. Music was bad, but thankfully not loud. Suggestions: Note the heat level of dishes on the menu. Server should have tried all of the dishes and able to provide tips/advice. Find more interesting music. Replace silverware if you take it away. Leave a cocktail menu on the table.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the lamb sliders and beer
    Jajajedi
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Indian food with micro-brewed beer. Why is this not more popular? Kanishka's has excellent beers. The food Was hit and miss. We started with a beet salad. Not bad and not great. Next came the lamb "sliders" wrapped in naan. Amazing! Afterward was fried okra in tortilla-style cups. Very greasy and the the okra flavor didn't come out. Even swigging beer didn't cut the grease. Last small plate was masala fries: kennebec potato fries with three different sauces. The sauces were the star of that dish. The fries had far too much salt and cumin. Over all the food was too salty-- even when cut with beer! The highlight for me was the lamb slider. I wouldn't have ordered the slider if it wasn't suggested by our server. Good save!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • soooooo goooood!
    wcjoni
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    It was superyummydelicious! these small plates are actually kinda on the big side. our waitress told to order 1-2 each, we ordered 3 because we could not pick - everything looked so good. we were soooo stuffed! good beer selection. if you like indian food, you are in for a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste Buds Travel Around the World
    Dinesofine
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Love the ever-changing menu of tapas at Kanishka's. Have been there many times and every new dish I try is amazing. The staff is always ready to expertly suggest pairings of tapas with wine or beer. The new wine and beer flights on Thursday evening are a fun way to pair your beverage with some great food selections. Keep up the great work Paramita.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for parties and dinner!
    SujitPal
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have been to Kanishka's for dinner as well as a private birthday party earlier, and both times we were wowed by the food, ambience and service. The cuisine is Spanish influenced neo-Indian and the ambience very Parisian (artwork on walls are by a neighborhood artist and for sale). The owner/chef is friendly and very passionate and knowledgeable about her craft. There is a full bar with a nice collection of beers and wines that goes well with the food. For our party they also did two mocktails - pineapple blossoms and minty jal zeera. All the food was great, but we would specially recommend the Lamb sliders, the Papas Bravas, Okra Taco cups, the Tandoori Mahi-Mahi, the Manchurian prawns, the Garbanzo beans slider and Paneer Sloppy Joes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hate Indian food - UNTIL NOW
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    First time at this restaurant but definitely won't be the last. Wine & Beer selections were terrific. We both had the beet salad which was made with very fresh lettuces, thinly sliced beets and not swimming in dressing. My prawn-tini was excellent and my wife enjoyed the Garbanzo Masala Sliders. Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and helped guide us through the menu. The Executive Chef / Owner- Paramita Roy took time to visit the tables and chat with the folks - not just a cursory "is everything ok?" Busy place so don't leave booking till the last minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Promising
    JulieOVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This place is promising: good ideas, nice ambiance. The menu is overly complicated and mislabeled: strange organization that could be simply listed as vegetarian/meat, etc.; small/shared plates are labeled "Dinner" and entrees are labeled "Small Plates". What needs evolving are rounded plates...currently all hot, spicy & salty and no cool, sour, or sweet to offset. (where was the yogurt?). Dinners could eat/order much more if it the flavors were more well rounded. We will try this place again in a few months to see how they've progressed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gastro Pub Experience
    JesseVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went to this restaurant twice in one weekend. We went out one day after reading a Yelp e-mail which mentions Kanishkha's Gastro Pub. The food and service on the first day was really good. The second day we went the service was slow slow slow even though the place was seemingly packed both days. The server spent a ton of time talking and took quite a bit of time to get the food. Furthermore, the portions are pretty small for the amount that you are paying. I honestly wouldn't mind paying more for slightly larger portions. The upside is that you get to try more stuff! Good spot to check out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needs help to get me back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Friendly staff food needs work most dishes underwhelming except for Lamb sliders inconsistent presentation, sloppy plates over dressed salads pacing of dinner very fast and food not as hot as it should be
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty but Nondescript
    foreverfoodieVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The goat dishes were supposed to be available Fridays and Saturdays and were reviewed well, so we were disappointed when told on a Friday that the delivery did not arrive. The dishes were supposed to be in the style of tapas but although tasty in different ways, they did not quite work. The chicken korma was spiced differently and the pork dish, although well presented on lettuce leaves was nondescript.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I wanted to try something different for a change. My son highly recommended this establishment. And I too highly recommend this new place in WC. Might be one of the best meals I have had in walnut creek, along with the outstanding service. Every dish was simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; talk loudly
    foodieguyVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    really enjoyed our evening there. Great service complemented creative food that borrowed heavily from Indian cuisine but was not trapped by it. Though we brought our own wine, we thought the wine & beer selection looked solid. Share things….you'll enjoy trying the different takes on Indian flavors. If I could change only one thing, I would reduce the noise level which was challenging. Don't let that stop you though.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Spicy New Find!
    Steffi
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Personally not a beer person, but we did try a small flight of some of the wide-ranged offerings of beers/ales Kanishkas serves. I actually liked some of them and could taste/smell the nuances and flavors. The cuisine is a mixture/fusion of Indian, Asian, Spanish small plates and mains. Some complex and delicious dishes- but not over the top trying to be creative & different. And, Kanishka's is different for W.C., thank you! Loved our bar seats with the bartender, who couldn't be nicer and more knowledgeable. Next week they are starting wine flights. Best of luck to this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    alwayshungry
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a great meal at Kaniska's! It was so good, and really fun! Small plates to share, lots of spicy things, tandoori salmon, masala french fries, Garbanzo Masala Sliders, Monsoon Prawn-tini, Shikampuri Lamb sliders, Tnagra Chili Chicken, cardomon rice pudding! Yummy!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique options great for sharing
    funfoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Went here with a group of friends and ordered a bunch of items off the menu and got to try a few bites of each. Everything was unique and delicious! Service was excellent. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.