Enchanté Starts Food & Beverage Service

Posted on September 3, 2015 by  
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Enchanté HotelLocal gourmands take note: Enchanté Boutique Hotel now serves beverages and small plates to the general public.

Their food and beverage service is from 4 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to midnight on weekends, holidays and for up to six special events per year. The bistro is now open from 4 to 10 p.m. daily, according to hotel owner Abigail Ahrens.

Ahrens developed the plaza as a public benefit in exchange for an incentive of no onsite parking. However, she added three curbside public parking spaces in front of the hotel. The plaza incorporates public land with private property, which has an easement for public use.

Unable to previously serve potential patrons, her revenue stream and business reputation have suffered. She said thousands of people have requested food service since opening the hotel earlier this year and she has had to turn them away.

Enchanté General Manager Josh Steinhart confirmed that the bistro would not be open during all of the permitted hours. “We just want the opportunity to do special activities, which would include serving on special occasions,” he said.

For more information, visit: enchantehotel.com



Amber India Coming To Los Altos

Posted on July 8, 2014 by  
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A delicious optionAmber India is coming to Los Altos and picked a storied location for its new restaurant – the huge eatery at 4926 El Camino Real already has a place in local history books.

Passersby can be forgiven for not noticing the sprawling three-story structure tucked away among office buildings a few blocks south of San Antonio Road. But long before housing a series of kebab restaurants, before its stint as an Italian bistro, the building saw music legend being made.

When Larry Hancock created Chuck’s Cellar in the late 1960s, it drew headliners ranging from the Kingston Trio to John Stewart, who recorded part of an album there. Grainy footage of one folk performance still lives on, courtesy of YouTube.

Vijay Bist, Amber India’s founder, aims to recapture some hint of ’60s nostalgia in the space, paired with a north Indian-style menu he’s made famous on the Peninsula. Over the past 20 years, Amber India has worked its way onto best-of lists from its Mountain View location farther south on El Camino Real, and recently opened new outposts in San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose.

Bist said the new Los Altos Amber would have an old-Hollywood feel, with tapas-style Indian and Californian food in the downstairs lounge, and Amber’s traditional offerings (famous for: butter chicken) in the main dining room upstairs, which includes a large outdoor patio space. The cooking staff from the original Amber will move to the new location, he said, and add new seasonal, healthful additions to the classic menu.  Stay tuned.