Chef Srijith Gopinathan brings his impressive pedigree and unique brand of upscale Indian cooking to the south (Palo Alto). With local products at the heart of this carte, Ettan is a sure-fire hit. It's an airy, bi-level setting, with a ring of mezzanine seats on the upper deck. Wood-plank floors, indigo-dyed fabric, floral wallpaper, and a beaded chandelier decorate the skylit room.
Kulchas are a menu highpoint, deliciously stuffed with the likes of peak-season peas and ricotta and served with a bright green kale chutney. Deep-fried cauliflower florets flecked with cracked black pepper and arranged with Asian pear deliver a delightful contrast of tastes; while crisped branzino with a chutney of green garlic, herbs, and chilies is all heart and soul.