I had the pleasure of joining a friend for lunch this past Sunday. I let her pick the restaurant since I'm not all that familiar with the choice of restaurants in the Mt. View and Palo Alto areas. After mentioning of a couple of choices, we settled on Green Elephant Gourmet because I had never been there and she had been there once and had a good experience.
The restaurant is located in a shopping center and sits next to what seems to be a very popular ice cream shop (will have to go there sometime soon as well).
When we walked in we were immediately greeted by a welcoming hostess who seated us promptly. The atmosphere and decor in the restaurant were simple, yet lovely. There were booths on the outer walls and tables in the center. Quiet music was playing in the background just loud enough to hear it, but not so it was annoying. I have to say, the ambiance was quite nice and would be wonderful for a group luncheon or dinner out.
After being seated, we were attended to immediately with water and menus. We took a few minutes to decide, but chose to order two different versions of the same dish (the Eggplant Chicken) to share and compare notes. My friend ordered the Eggplant Chicken with Basil Sauce and I ordered the Eggplant Chicken with Chili Sauce. We both had brown rice sides.
Our food arrived quickly and was beautifully presented (even garnished with a beautiful flower on each plate). The portions were generous. The dishes were hot and delicious with just the right amount of sauce. We both enjoyed each of the dishes, but ended up liking what we had ordered the most.
We probably sat and talked for another hour after dining with no interruption or request for us to depart. When we finally noticed our bill on the table and that the employees were prepping for dinner, we paid our bill and left. As we were leaving, the owner stopped us and asked us how everything was.
Overall, this was a great experience. I will definitely be back again for lunch and perhaps at some point for dinner. I enjoyed my leftovers for lunch the next day and they were just as good as I remembered. I should mention that my 4 rating (instead of 5) is due to the fact that the prices were a bit higher than I would have expected for a chicken dish ($12.95), especially for lunch. But, I don't do this often...so, it was fine.
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