Amber India Restaurant serves Northern, Moghlai and Tandoori Indian cuisine. Locations in Mountain View, San Jose’s Santana Row, and San Francisco. They have a popular lunch buffet that we have tried at both the San Francisco and Mountain View locations. Our last visit was in the Summer of 2012.
Decor, Vibe – Amber India is in a strip mall on El Camino Real in Mountain view. Lots of colorful artwork adorns this location’s walls. The place was filled with Silicon Valley types eating a quick lunch. A fair amount of Indians were present.
The San Francisco location is next door to Downtown’s Ross store on Yerba Buena Lane near Market Street. The interior is far nicer at this location with a cool modern bar area.
Amber India Menu Pictures (Click to zoom into any picture)
The menus are similar between location, yet the San Francisco restaurant’s prices are slightly higher.
Vegetarian Dishes – Dal Tadka (Stewed Lentils), Pacharari Stew (Mixed Vegetables in Coconut Sauce and Potato Gravy), Palak Khumb (Spinach and Mushrooms), Paneer aur Makhana ka Khurchan (Scrambled Cottage Cheese cooked in onion tomato sauce)
Entrees – Tawa Tayaji Ki Macchi (Swai Basa Fish), Murg Masala (Chicken Cooked with Spices), Butter Chicken (Traditional Recipe of Chicken Cooked in a Creamy Tomato Sauce)
Tandoori Chicken with Onions, Mixed Vegetables
Lunch Buffet ($14,95 (SF), $16.95 Mon-Fri, $15.95 (SF) $19.95 Sat-Sun) had several salads, tamarind and mint chutney, deep fried appetizers, Patta Gobhi Chana (Cabbage split peas), Matar Paneer (peas/farmer’s cheese), sauteed vegetables, Murg Masala (Chicken curry), Tandori Chicken, Signature dish Murg Makhani shredded Tandoori chicken, rich tomato sauce (Butter Chicken), and rice. There bread naan was very good.
Fruit, Seviyan (Wheat Vermicelli pudding), and Gulab Jamlin (Cheese balls in sugar syrup) were desserts.
Amber India Restaurant had average service in the area of filling water and clearing plates, we had to remind them to refill us occasionally. The food was slightly higher in quality than most Indian restaurants, and the prices reasonable for a lunch buffet. Variety is not as high as some other Indian buffets, but they concentrate more on quality. They have several vegetarian items, a couple spicy items that keep it varied. If you are in the area and want Indian Cuisine, check this place out.
377 Santana Row, Suite 1140
San Jose, CA 95128
25 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, 94103