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Mountain View's Buffalo to reopen as Srasa Kitchen

Uploaded: Apr 19, 2016
Buffalo, a two-year-old downtown Mountain View restaurant focused on beer, burgers and baos, has closed.

The family behind Buffalo plans to remodel the 292 Castro St. space and open a second location of a Cambodian restaurant they also own in Mountain View, chef-owner Brandon Poon confirmed Monday.

Poon said Buffalo was doing "great," but "we’re just trying to grow our family business."

Patrons at Buffalo in Mountain View have lunch in November 2014. Photo by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Weekly.

Seventeen years ago, the Poon family opened Express 7, a Chinese restaurant at 225 Middlefield Road in Mountain View. In 2015, they closed Express 7 and opened a new concept: Srasa Kitchen, where diners can build their own Asian-fusion bowls by drawing on an array of fresh Cambodian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese ingredients.

"Srasa" (pronouced s'ross) means "fresh" in Cambodian language Khmer, according to the restaurant’s website.

Customers start by choosing a base (jasmine white rice, brown rice, cold vermicelli noodles, salad), then a protein (grilled lemongrass chicken, pork and chicken meatballs, eight-hour roasted pork belly, grilled beef short ribs or crispy tofu) and continue to customize with vegetables (charred corn, zucchini, sautéed kale or seasonal fresh vegetables, sauces (from curry to fish sauce and a soy-ginger vinaigrette) and toppings like cilantro, pickled daikon, bean sprouts, crispy onions and homemade kimchi.

All bowls start at $8.50, but some special add-ins come with an extra cost.

The menu also includes pre-designed bowls with Srasa's own combinations. The "Cambo" bowl ($11.75), for example, comes with vermicelli noodles, pork belly, seasonal vegetables and green curry topped with papaya salad, cilantro, bean sprouts, cucumbers, crispy onions, Thai chiles, a boiled egg and lime wedge.

Poon, a Bay Area native who grew up in the family’s restaurant business, went on to receive a culinary degree from The Art Institute of California in Sunnyvale. After graduating, he had a short stint at Madera in Menlo Park, interned at the Cheesecake Factory in Santa Clara and also cooked at AT&T Park in San Francisco. He opened Buffalo in February 2014.

According to the Buffalo website, the new Castro Street Srasa Kitchen will be open sometime this summer.
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Posted by oh good, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:19 am

I too enjoy going to Asian Box.

Posted by Jimmy, a resident of Gemello,
on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:24 am

Too bad they closed. I really liked their burgers. Closing it is probably due to higher costs of meat vs. Asian fusion ingredients.

Posted by Jim Neal, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

Jim Neal is a registered user.

I think they should probably have concentrated more on service. I went there twice and both times the staff was inattentive and rude. I probably will not try the new restaurant if it has the same ownership.

Jim Neal
Old Mountain View

Posted by murf and mac, a resident of Palo Alto Hills,
on Apr 19, 2016 at 1:52 pm

yes they in bubble of paranoia addicted to police and cellphones...altans cannot stand a crumb of truth. so be it...

Posted by Amelia, a resident of Mountain View,
on Apr 19, 2016 at 6:27 pm

So, it looks like we will have two Asian box style restaraunts and soon two Poke box style restaraunts. We need Indian!

Posted by LocoMoco, a resident of Monta Loma,
on Apr 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

Does downtown MV really need another asian restaurant?

Posted by Reader, a resident of another community,
on Apr 20, 2016 at 9:25 am

Actually, Mountain View needs more *GOOD* Asian restaurants.

Too many of current Asian restaurants downtown are mediocre and forgettable.

If this restaurant turns out to be *GOOD* then we should be happy that the owner of this business changed the model.

Posted by not to mention, a resident of Old Mountain View,
on Apr 20, 2016 at 2:32 pm

not to mention is a registered user.

Just opening, Izzos Taiwanese cuisine and yet another bubble tea, Teaspoon, just opened at Mervyn's. Really feeling tiresome, in my opinion.

Posted by Ken, a resident of Monta Loma,
on Apr 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm

I never went to Buffalo, but really like Srasa Kitchen. But is a second location this close to the first a good idea? Especially when it will take as long to find parking as it takes to get in, get food, and get out?

Posted by Progress, a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood,
on Jun 4, 2016 at 4:19 am

Nowadays, I guess downtown MV's restaurants get a lot of business from people already downtown (working or living in the area). But it's easy enough to go there and park, unless you insist on arriving at the peak times when the maximum number of other people are doing the same thing. That's especially true at lunch, which is now more more popular during the week than in pre-"dot-com" days, when the (then single) parking garage still had space at noon. But even now, it's easy and quick to park downtown at 11:45 or 1:10.

People who complain "it will take as long to find parking as it takes to get in, get food, and get out" are part of the problem thay are complaining about.

Posted by Missing Buffalo..., a resident of Shoreline West,
on Jun 20, 2016 at 4:46 pm

Agree with prior posters - To the Poon Family: We will really miss Buffalo, it was kid-friendly yet innovative/creative, had great beer/wine/service and a slightly-foodie but very open and casual feel. If Srasa doesn't work out, bring back Buffalo!!

Srasa sounds great, but I also agree that I'm not sure we need more Asian places (Indian or otherwise) unless they offer something new/different. (I'm Asian!) We need more local, foodie yet casual, non-chain places, this will not only keep neighborhood 'regulars' but also attract people to our downtown (vs. going to the same/similar chain in their downtown - e.g. Asian Box, Spice Kit - or one of the many many ramen/Indian/sushi places) and postpone MV from becoming the chain-riddled generic suburbia it is quickly becoming. (Unfortunately, chains are probably the only businesses that can afford downtown rent any longer, perhaps we should create incentives for new, budding creative businesses...)

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