Ettan, Palo Alto

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Ettan

518 Bryant Street

Palo Alto, CA 94301

650-752-6281

Ettan Website

Cutting Edge Cal-Indian in Palo Alto.

Ettan, 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. Great spot to eat outside in their large patio. East Asians have discovered the spot, helping to validate the cuisine in our book.

Ettan Palo Alto Interior Inside decor

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 closely spaced.

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

Website Ettan, Palo Alto Menu

Ettan, Palo Alto Food Picks:

Mojito ($16) was on the average side. 7/10

Ettan Palo Alto Sesame Leaf

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 with varied textures. Slightly sweet yogurt. 10/10

Ettan Palo Alto Ettan Salad

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. 9/10

Pumpkin Soup ($14 v) Turmeric, coconut, sage, pumpkin seeds hits the spot for vegetarians. 8/10

Cast Iron Monkey Buns ($13) are freshly made but not overly warm. Comes with eggplant chutney and butter. Reminds us of the parkerhouse rolls at nearby Protege. 7.5/10

Red Chili Octopus ($17) is sold but not amazing.  Included 2 tiny chunks of stone fruit. 8/10

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. Was better on our first visit. 7.5/10

Kerala Fried Chicken ($16 g) Roasted Coconut Milk, Green Apple, Lime, Buttermilk was an eggless interesting variation on the theme.  Okay. 7.5/10

Ettan Palo Alto Butter Chicken Entrees

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

Stuffed Anaheim Peppers ($28 v) includes a super spicy sauce. Peppers are cooked fine, but the heat overwhelms. 7.5/10

Beef Short Rib ($59) is expensive but massive. Enough for two people. Super tender, nice savory sauce. 9/10

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

Velore Chicken Curry ($31) is a small dish for the price.  Solid curry and chicken but not as amazing as the Beef Short Rib. 8/10.

Garlic Roti ($5 g) had 2 good sized pieces. Very garlicy. 7.5/10

Ettan Palo Alto Ettan Kheer Dessert

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

Tender Coconut dessert ($12 v) was a new one on the menu in mid-2022. Also a rice pudding with sorbet on the side. 8/10

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

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Ettan Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar
Attire:Dressy
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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