Six months is usually considered the earliest a new restaurant, bar or coffeeshop can receive a fair review. Each month, Metro spotlights five of the newest places we think are worth a look-see.

115 E San Carlos St, San Jose. 408.351.5400. 
This purveyor of gourmet cinnamon rolls first came to national prominence on ABC’s Shark Tank reality show. Patrons can customize their all-vegan rolls with dozens of frosting flavors and toppings.

Skewers and Brews
65 S First St, San Jose. 408.931.6830. 
What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to Skewers and Brews, the newest niche gastropub in downtown, the name pretty much says it all. The place features northeastern Chinese-style street food kabobs flavored with a traditional five-spice blend and an impressive selection of wines and beers.

Ozumo Santana Row
355 Santana Row, San Jose. 408.886.3090. 
The acclaimed San Francisco waterfront Japanese izakaya-style restaurant is opening up a second location, at Santana Row. It features an outdoor Japanese beer garden. Izakaya refers to “drinking food,” and Ozumo will have that in spades; featuring small plates, like sushi and nigiri, as well as new favorites like their gyu kakuni short ribs. The bar focuses on Japanese whisky, top-shelf sake and handcrafted signature cocktails.

The Palms
115 N Santa Cruz Ave, Los Gatos. 408.402.3811. 
Located in the historic Coggeshall Mansion, The Palms restaurant specializes in Asian fusion crafted with high-end ingredients, such as wagyu beef. Open for dinner only. The pan-seared Chilean sea bass ($40) is the house specialty. The fully stocked bar is perfect for catching the game.

90 W El Camino Real, Mountain View. 650.282.5737.
This south Indian restaurant specializes in thalis served traditionally, on a banana leaf. The all-you-can-eat thalis come in vegetarian ($12.99) or omnivore ($13.99) versions. The á la carte menu features dosas and other fried goodies. Annachikadai are not afraid to bring the heat. A side of coconut milk ($2.49) is probably a wise decision.