450 Capistrano Road, Half Moon Bay; (650) 563-4181, SevilleTapas.com.
A popular, family-run Mexican restaurant in Burlingame now has expanded to a second outpost. Hillsdale Shopping Mall shoppers now can visit Gabriel & Daniel’s Mexican Grill at one of the mall’s food courts before continuing to the next store. Fajitas, burritos, tacos and quesadillas are the menu anchors, complemented by a small group of soups, salads and appetizers. More substantial specialties are highlighted by the Rosi’s Special with a choice of chicken or steak joined by serrano peppers, mushrooms, corn, sour cream, cheese, salsa and guacamole. Nothing tops $12, and portions are quite generous. Gabriel & Daniel’s can be considered “slow” fast food since a little extra prep time goes into the preparations and artistic presentations, where salsa and sour cream become almost a sort of painting. It’s impressive.
60 31st Ave. (inside Hillsdale mall), San Mateo; (650) 315-2530, GabrielyDaniel.com
Kamakshi’s Kitchen recently re-opened for business in San Carlos after running as a small cafe and mostly a catering business in San Mateo. Here you’ll find the South Indian home-style cooking of chef-owner Veena Kallingal. That includes breakfast items like an idli plate with assorted spreads. Then for lunch and dinner, the menu revolves around classic street food snacks called chaat. They include the pav bhaji that the restaurant describes as miniature Indian sloppy Joes, or platters that often feature dosas (similar to crepes) and vegetable curries called sambar. A helpful dictionary for the menu is on hand to explain the various dishes and their spice levels. With spicy or nonspicy dishes, there’s the always refreshing mango lassi or soothing masala chai to drink. Along with the restaurant, the catering business has resumed, complemented by a food club and cooking classes.
601 Old Country Road, San Carlos; (650) 401-6564, KamakshisKitchen.com