A pairing of French and Asian dishes at Le Burgeon in Foster City 

Situated inside Foster City’s Edgewater Place Shopping Center with a beautiful view of the lagoon, Le Burgeon has opened. Chef and owner Colin Chen calls the restaurant a bar and bistro, but the menu has lots of French- and Asian-inspired dishes. Dinner might start with “salt & pepper” frog legs or the house special crab cake with a kaffir lime cream, then continue to beer-braised duck or steamed grouper in a winter melon wrap. There is also a separate “From Our Wok” section with dishes like a Singaporean calamari in coconut sauce with steamed jasmine rice. Perhaps no category better shows the eclectic nature of the menu than the soups, with tom yum from Thailand, laksa from Singapore, and the French vichyssoise. Casual diners can belly up to the oyster and tapas bar for a $16 selection of a half dozen oysters and under-$10 tapas like duck confit summer rolls. Inside, the bistro boasts white tablecloths, a long banquette and hardwood floors, while the outdoor patio is inviting with its wicker sofas and chairs — perfect for the view and end of summer warmth.

929A Edgewater Blvd., Foster City; (650) 358- 9922. LeBurgeon.com

San Bruno

When deciding between a night of fish-heavy sushi or meat-heavy Korean barbecue, it’s always a tough call. At Ninja Sushi & Tofu in San Bruno, diners can have both in the same meal with a menu of the greatest hits from Japan and Korea. There are some uncommon finds within the over 100 selections, like “Kim’s Jalapeno” stuffed with crab and cream cheese and a “Gangnam Style” roll with a California roll covered in baked scallop and cheese. Bento box choices are perfect for lunch, while donburi, udon and teriyaki platters round out the Japanese side. For Korean choices, there is barbecue bulgogi (beef), tofu soup with a beef or seafood broth, or the hard-to-find Korean ramen that comes with a sushi roll, a dish symbolizing the restaurant’s dual country theme. For the ambitious diners, you can opt for an all you can eat experience but must be efficient like a ninja and follow the house rules: no leftovers and must finish in under an hour.

681 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno; (650) 583-3090. Ninjasushitofu.com

Palo Alto

From kumquat to cajeta (Mexican caramel), Tahitian vanilla to rice cakes, the made-in-house gelato and sorbetto at Palo Alto’s Gelataio has flavors that are tempting, constantly changing, creative and elevated by peak-of-the-season produce. It’s the first retail shop to open inside the Lytton Gateway and the first shop for owners Christianne Mares and Jorge Borbolla, who fell in love with gelato — on vacation in Italy — and felt the Peninsula needed true Italian gelato with California ingredient freshness. Scoops come with the garnish of a chocolate dipped wafer (customary in Italy). Gelato popsicles, gelato and cookie sandwiches and piccolinos (miniature ice cream that comes coated in chocolate and hazelnut, filled with hazelnut gelato) are also offered.

121 Lytton Ave., Palo Alto; (650) 461-4334. Gelataio.us

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