New in Sunnyvale: On the burgeoning Sunnyvale culinary scene that is Murphy Avenue, a new contemporary Indian restaurant is doing riffs on cuisine from Maharashtra in the west to Assam in the east. Owned by Narender Ramarapu, the upscale Rasam's, with its accompanying IC Lounge, bills itself as a modern Hindustani specialist, serving fusion versions of India's traditional regional dishes. From the tandoor oven comes "Chicken Blu dane," which adds -- you guessed it -- Danish blue cheese to the traditional yogurt-marinated, baked chicken. A spicy lamb curry, "Bhuna gosht Shirazi," is cooked with Shiraz wine and accented by rose petals. "Lobster Caldeen" features a coconut sauce from coastal Goa. Small plates range from a chutney sampler to chaat bites, and there will be a rasam (tamarind-based soup) of the day. The IC Lounge serves cocktails, small plates, plus late-evening Bollywood music. Details: Open for lunch and dinner, Monday-Saturday. 195 S. Murphy Ave., Sunnyvale. 408-245-8500; www.rasams.com; www.ic-lounge.com.

Fourth Street goes Japanese: Former Yoshi's exec chef Shotaro Kamio just opened a place of his own -- Iyasare -- on Berkeley's bustling Fourth Street, just a hop and a skip from Zut and Bette's Oceanview Diner. The new Iyasare, which moved into the shuttered O Chame space, is all about rustic, seasonal Japanese fare, using ingredients from local organic farms and seafood suppliers as well as Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market. The menu features roasted and grilled meats, including a Snake River bavette steak and hibachi-grilled Wagyu beef tongue, and seafood dishes -- sushi and sashimi, of course, but also sea urchin fettuccine with smoked miyagi oysters and beet-cured ocean trout. Libations? Think sake-infused "martinis," artisanal Japanese beer, local craft beer and wine on tap, and a sake menu that includes daiginjo. A full liquor license is still in the works. The restaurant's name, which is pronounced ee-ya-sah-rhey, means "to be healed." It's an homage to Kamio's family and neighbors, who live in Sendai, Japan, the region devastated in 2011 by a 9.0-earthquake and tsunami. The new place is open for dinner daily, except Tuesdays. 1830 Fourth St., www.iyasare-berkeley.com.

Brew food: In Mountain View, already home to brewpubs and brew fests, owner Mike Finley has transformed his gourmet burger eatery, Steak Out, into a beer-focused gastropub, Bierhaus. You'll find the same popular burgers, made from grass-fed chuck ground daily and served on Finley's special potato brioche buns, along with a new lineup of hip pub fare: pretzels and pimento cheese; Gouda grilled cheese sandwiches with truffled dopplebock mushrooms; currywurst and fries; and on weekends, "haus-made" sausages. Creative lighter fare includes a turkey-zucchini burger with sumac sauce and a veggie/falafel patty with tzatziki and red pepper pesto. Eighteen beers are on tap, and beer meister/partner Scott Snyder has plans to brew his own in the future. Details: Open daily at 11 a.m. at 383 Castro St., Mountain View. http://bierha.us.

DIY December: Meanwhile at Public Market Emeryville, they're celebrating the holiday season in DIY style with a Thursday fest they've dubbed DISPLAY, with music, artisanal food pop-ups from vendors such as Mollie Rose Baking Company and Pie Hole, and free DIY workshops for foodies. 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19 at 5959 Shellmound St.; http://displayemeryville.com.

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