518 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Cutting Edge Cal-Indian in Palo Alto.
Why did we dine here? – Ettan, Palo Alto open one month before the Pandemic. Talk about bad timing. Open/close – Open close syndrome. Things were opening up again, so we decided to give them a try. This was one of our first high end sit down meals in quite a while. They are tucked away in a small alley in Downtown Palo Alto. Beautiful restaurant, inside and out.
ETTAN means “breath” in Sanskrit; breath being the essence and center of one’s life force.
ETTAN means fresh, vibrant Cal-Indian flavors that create a unique confluence of the Indian palette with California fresh ingredients.
Insider Tip – Reservations are helpful, we found some outdoor seating was too close.
Cuisine – California, Indian
Location – Palo Alto, CA
Opened – 2020
Service – Ettan had no issues with service. Knowledgeable waiters as well as lots of supporting helpers moved things along.
Verdict – Ettan impressed us with excellent and inventive food in beautiful surroundings. If you are a foodie, give this place a try. During the pandemic, we found the outdoor seating options not as spaced as we wanted. Get vaccinate and dine in peace.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.
Ettan, Palo Alto Signature Dishes – Sesame Leaf, Butter Chicken, Monkey buns
Ettan, Palo Alto’s Menu is wide ranging with clearly marked vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan items. A big breathe of fresh air
Ettan, Palo Alto Food Picks:
Sesame Leaf ($15 v) Chaat flavors on sesame leaf with mango, sesame brittle,
chickpea crumble and cilantro has a vegan option with yogurt on the side. Wow this inventive dish is a must get. A crisp ‘leaf’ topped with the ingredients. Slightly sweet yogurt. 9.5/10
Ettan Salad ($15 v) Mixed greens, avocado, grapes and pumpkin seeds with our signature fermented curry leaf chutney is also made vegan with thick, neutral yogurt on the side. A fun salad you mix at the table. Sorta of like a Burmese Tea Leaf salad. Very fresh and lots of different textures and flavors. 8.5/10
Black Pepper Cauliflower ($14 v) Cauliflower leaf, green onions, black mustard and curry leaves is also vegan with yogurt on the side. If all cauliflower tasted like this, a lot more would be eaten. Appears to be deep fried. Also a must get. 9.5/10
Wild Mushroom ‘One Pot’ ($28 v) Slow cooked mushrooms, potato korma, cauliflower with idiyappam is a good entree for vegetarians. Very interesting unique combination with the included rice ‘noodles. 8/10
Butter Chicken ($27 n,g) Smoked chicken thighs, fenugreek and tomatoes served with butter naan is a classic dish available at many Indian restaurants. This version was very smokey, with a great sauce. We got some basmati rice which went well with the strong gravy. 8/10
Ettan Kheer ($12 vg) Saffron, milk crisp, mystery++, cashewnut & cardamom was recommend by our server. Nicely done dessert, similar to a Hong Kong style see mee pudding dessert. 7.5/10
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
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