Five Rivers keeps tandoori ovens on 

Five Rivers Indian Cuisine has replaced the Tandoori Oven in Daly City’s Westlake Center. The pair of tandoori ovens remains in the kitchen, but the restaurant has a new, contemporary feel. Walls are bright red and fluorescent green, the ceiling is dark blue and there are exposed air ducts. The large menu features starters such as an intriguing shrimp pakora marinated in yogurt and spices, and papadum to dip in mango chutney and raita. Entrees range from the familiar (lamb biryani) to less common (fish achaari, or salmon in a hefty fennel and cumin sauce) as well as chicken tikka and lamb sheesh kabob from the tandoori and vegetarian selections. Accompaniments include delicious breads (naan and kulcha) and beverages such as chai and mango lassi.

314 Westlake Center, Daly City; (650) 351-4491. 5RiversIndian.com

Clean, shiny and intimate, Taqueria La Mordida is new in Half Moon Bay. Diners, who order at the counter from a huge menu overhead, have a challenge choosing between tacos and burritos (carne asada or carnitas are popular fillings) or fajitas, tortas, quesadillas, chile relleños, seafood ceviche and cocktail dishes _ all ready to be washed down with a horchata or michelada. Prices nicely are about $7-$8 for a meal. There’s an ever-popular complimentary chips and salsa bar at the taqueria, a rare coastal venue that stays open until 11 p.m. weeknights and midnight on weekends.

80 N. Cabrillo Highway, Half Moon Bay; (650) 560-9049.

From Wednesday through March 15, Menlo Park’s Left Bank Brasserie is highlighting one of the world’s greatest food and drink pairings at its Oysters & Loire Valley Wines Celebration. Flights of Loire Valley white wines _ a muscadet, sauvignon blanc and chenin blanc blend _ will be featured for $13, and menu specials include a half dozen Hama Hama oysters ceviche-style and poached oysters with cream of watercress and Sancerre cream sauce.

635 Santa Cruz Ave., Menlo Park; (650) 473-6543. Leftbank.com

Bay Area restaurant group Opa! has purchased the vacant space on Palo Alto’s University Avenue, which, in revolving door fashion, has housed Miyake, Palo Alto Grill and alkymists. It’s the sixth outpost for the emerging mini-chain, which serves Greek and Mediterranean fare such as gyro meat sliders, pita sandwiches, souvlaki and moussaka. Opa! will have a full liquor license, so (not necessarily Greek) cocktails will be involved. An official opening date has not been announced, but a spring debut is expected.

140 University Ave., Palo Alto; Opaauthenticgreek.com

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