The allure of the exotic can seduce men into treks fraught with grave danger -- like to the North Pole, the surface of the Moon, or even Mountain View. But take heart, as the South Bay's most exotic jewel's coming to you: Amber India, open today.
The 14-year MV mainstay's branching out into a gleaming 150-seat, 3-tiered SOMA dinery, where it'll serve its contemporary take on "Northern, Tandoori, and Moghlai Indian", a culinary relic of the Mughal Empire that ruled India with an iron fist before Britain ruled it with a lace-cuffed one holding a gun. Upon entry, polished stone stairs'll take you either up to a bar surrounded by hand-carved teak stools and glowing in delicate-looking translucent onyx (resist urge to SLAM!), or down to an airy lounge, beyond which lies a main dining room done up with gilded light fixtures & silken window shades. Once settled, grab hearty apps like Duck Tinka Kebab and any number of spiced breads (naan/roti/kulcha/paratha...) before the main event: traditionals like a lamb/saffron/fennel/ginger Kashmiri Roganjosh, or tweaked numbers like the poached black cod in cumin/rutabaga/parsnip broth or the garlic pulao/shrimp balchao Goan Scallops, which, judging from their plump inertness, aren't goan anywhere
To wash it all down, Amber's got a 100-bottle vino list (half Cali, half other), 7 bottled beers (2 draft), and spiffed up classic cocktails like the Hendrick's/aperol/cucumber "Sea & Sand" and the lemon/maraschino/creme de violet "Plymouth Aviation", which should be drunk with care, as there's nothing more fraught with peril than journeys that end in FWIs.