Owner Mo Polani held a grand opening for Shalimar Sizzle in mid-February at 246 Castro St., most recently the short-lived home of Izzo (and before that, Asian-fusion restaurant Cijjo).
The menu includes tandoori-style grilled meats, curries, vegetable dishes and other traditional Northern-Indian food.
"Everything is freshly made" with "intense spices," manager Bobbie Louangrath said Wednesday.
The restaurant is also community-minded, she said. Every Monday will be designated as a "charitable meals" day when the "less fortunate" can come in and get a free meal, no questions asked, Louangrath said.
A post on the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce's "I Love MV" website about Shalimar Sizzle's grand opening says Polani "understands that Silicon Valley is unbelievably expensive and that lots of families are struggling to stay afloat here and he wants to help by feeding those people once a week."
The restaurant's current hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Eventually, they plan to stay open until 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 a.m. on weekends, Louangrath said.