1448 Burlingame Ave., Burlingame; (650) 342-7600, SixtosCantina.com
Right by the Millbrae BART and Caltrain station, Ipoh Gardens opening now gives diners a chance to sample the cuisines of Malaysia and Singapore, along with specialties from Thailand. Among the wide array of exciting options, there is a plate of Singapore chili prawns, a famous spinach and dried shrimp dish kangkung belacun, and curry noodle soup with shrimp laksa. Prices are almost entirely below $10 and the homey atmosphere is very casual.
100 El Camino Real., Millbrae; (650) 652-9588. No website.
Just in time to help make that last-minute holiday shopping rush a little sweeter, Oui Oui Macaron is open inside a former Burger King at Serramonte Center. This the first retail location for the San Francisco company that previously sold by delivery. Single macarons are $1.75 or $10.50 for a half dozen; other treats include things like a macaron ice cream sandwich. The eclectic spectrum of flavors include cheesecake, lavender and Thai tea.
345 Serramonte Center, Daly City; (949) 702-2675, OuiOuiMacaron.virb.com
Several Peninsula restaurants will be open on Christmas Day. Quattro in East Palo Alto features a special four-course menu at $89 a person and $21 for children. For Christmas on the coast, Moss Beach Distillery is serving dinner all day. Inland diners can opt for traditional Christmas roast prime rib and dry-aged steaks at San Mateos Porterhouse.
2050 University Ave. at University Circle, East Palo Alto; (650) 470-2889. QuattroRestaurant.com
140 Beach Way, Moss Beach; (650) 728-5595. MossBeachDistillery.com
60 E. Third Ave., San Mateo; (650) 579-5911. PorterhouseSanMateo.com