I love this place. Really good indian food, fast and friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
Only downside is that when it's busy it ends up quite loud.
Five stars for the great service. The nice woman who took our order was very helpful in creating a nice meal for my wife and me. She made numerous recommendations and we decided on the cauliflower chili appetizer, fried idly, lamb traditional dosa, and thali combo. All were really tasty and not too oily as other places tend I be.
Took advantage of the yelp $20 for $30 and again the lady was very accommodating and helped us max out our deal. Def will be back!
This place gives Curry Up Now a run for its money. Americanized Indian food is what you get and they are pretty awesome at that.
The new indian-chinese stuff is definitely value for money. The South indian fare is also pretty good compared to what we usually get in restaurants around San Mateo.
The portions are also huge. Atleast two people can share a veggie fried rice here. The Chilli bhajji lives up to the name. REALLY spicy. ! Not for the mild-tongued !
Sometimes, it can be a tad too oily but can;t go wrong here. Better to call up and order a take-out as the wait times can be pretty in especially in the evenings.
The foods not that bad but not special either. The indo-chinese is better than the south Indian. I had much higher expectations since it is a curry up now venture. They were understaffed , 1 person doing her best to serve around 12 tables so to say the least not a great experience.
It's a good attempt at fusion south indian cuisine, i'll give you that but some of the flavors fall flat. I've been here even when it was called Dosa Republic (not sure if management changed too or just the name) and my experience was similar.
Not bad overall, but I wouldn't make it a first choice. Just my opinion folks!
So my fiancé and I came in here and we were not expecting much as this was the only place open nearby on Christmas day and it looks pretty casual when you walk in; however, it was not only a delicious restaurant but it really was authentic South Indian food.
My fiancé and I love spicy Indian food, and we especially love dosa! So when we stopped by Chennai Club, we were surprised at how tasty the sambar, coconut, and spicy chutneys were. In addition, the masala (potatoes) had so much flavor and every bite was even better than the first. Now, I am prone to getting heartburn/ acidity after eating dosa and sambar at some places but even after sitting in the car driving from SF to LA, I was totally fine and would totally love to dine at the Chennai Club again.
FYI, if you don't like too much oil in your food, mention it to them. That is one slight change I would suggest next time I dine here, but overall excellent food!
This place has great service, and these delicious crepe burritos. The lamb, spices, and rice went perfect together, will have to come back to try the non vegetarian thali, which is some crazy looking platter with everything in it.
Paper dosa is so good! And only $9! It's soooo good! Also try the vada with yogurt sauce it's soooo good! The tamarind with the yogurt and green onions is muy delicious. Vada..from what little I know are fried balls of lentil flour. So gooood.
Lots of gluten free options here! Dosas are gluten free!
The food here used to be good when it was dosa republic. Did the quality drop with the new one??
Food did not taste fresh. But the fusion ideas are good
This is a sister restaurant to Curry Up Now, so it was with some trepidation that I decided to pick up lunch from here. But my fears were unrealized, because the food was much better than I expected. The utthapam was really tasty, as was the mysore masala dosa - lots of authentic spices and flavor.
The sambar was definitely more 'fusion-y' - I actually liked it a lot (and I'm usually very picky about sambar), but hubby didn't. The chutneys were definitely lackluster, and the appearance and taste of the idlis indicated very clearly that they aren't made the 'old fashioned' homemade way, but they were still pretty good.
Overall, a very nice lunch and not at all pricey - I'll be back!
I have gone here a few times with co-workers, both when it was Dosa Republic and now the new name Chennai Club. Most of these times I was treated to my meal so didn't notice the price.
The people at the counter are helpful and try to help.
For the $19 I spent at this place I could have got a full buffet of yummy Indian food.
It's weird their once informative website now points to Yelp. Huh?!
The rice was steamed or brown. Seriously? This is not Indian food.
The Dosas are like crepes made into a pocket, fun at first, confusing to eat.
WTF style is Chinese Indian fusion? My palate may be different, but this food is very hot and spicy to hide how absolutely bland it would otherwise be. Most of it tastes like burnt chow fun dipped in a Moo shu or sweet hoisin sauce. It doesn't have the delicious curry or chutney tastes you'd expect from Indian food. It's like bad Cantonese trying to be something else.
This didn't taste fresh, it tasted like it had been prepared well in advance and sat around in a freezer all day before it was reheated for my lunch.
The Madras coffee was nowhere near what a Madras coffee should taste like, this was some cheap instant coffee knock-off, even supermarket chai tastes better.
What I ended up for $11 was a cat-food dish sized sample which was supposed to be the elaborate lamb entree I ordered.
This thing resembled cubed meat (pork, maybe) with a sweet sauce that was extremely spicy. It had no taste of lamb at all. Being a new item on the menu, maybe they are experimenting. It kinda failed.
Most everyone else's Dosa order (which was cheaper than mine) were double the size portions that I had in front of me.
I had to order Naan separately, because it didn't come with my plate? That's kinda lame. It was one slice (or half a slice, maybe, it was smaller than normal) of Naan that cost an extra $3. Grrr. When it arrived it looked weird, like a whitish-yellow pita, something not quite right here.
The rice was white and steamed. The other option was brown steam rice. There wasn't any of the usual Indian style saffron rice.
The coffee and chai drinks taste like they were made from powdered mix (not fresh). The water was right from the tap and tasted chlorinated, served in a mason jar.
When we all sat down together in a nice comfortable table (there were 5 of us) they insisted we move to one of the rustic picnic table setups. This was bad because 1 person in my party exclaimed they needed a chair with back support, and another person is a bit mobility challenged so had a heck of a time getting into and out of said picnic table bench, that was not cool of them at all. They did manage to bring a chair over for one of my friends. It would have been nicer if they let us stay where we were.
The noise level was bad, mostly due to the layout of the place and the decor. Some curtains or sound deadening in the ceiling or walls would do wonders.
The wait staff didn't know what food went to whom. I asked to have my coffee brought out when the food was ready. However, they didn't. When I asked to have my coffee brought out, they gave it to someone else. Mine finally came about the end of the meal, and was in a metal cup and too hot to drink. It tasted like metal of course, I wondered if the cup leeched into the coffee or if it was really just that bad.
I won't go out of my way to visit this out-of-the-way place anytime again soon.
There's an adult bookstore next door called Secrets. Maybe I'll be back for that.
Been here many times and even done catering from this place for our housewarming. Really nice dosas and love their uttapam tacos (rice pancake as tacos). Service is really good and Feroza was so kind when handling the catering.
Paper dosa is like we get it in South India (I can certify it given that I hail from Madras). Their idli/mini-idli sambar and vada sambar are also great - spicy, tangy.
My friends have had the thali and it is really good.
Reasonably priced. Got the uttapam tacos and pakodas (take-out only) which my guests loved and added to the variety on the table. (Yes, Feroza managed to pack the tacos without breakage).
I would recommend finishing up with a nice cup of good south Indian coffee.
I've been here twice. This place is awesome! I was a little overwhelmed with choosing an item on the menu at first but it doesn't seem like you can really go wrong. Just choose something that contains things you like and ask for clarification if you need it.
I asked for a suggestion and the cashier suggested the one with ghost pepper if I liked spicy food. It's really, really hot. Try it if you can handle super spicy food.
We've been to this establishment from the times it was Annapoorna, then changed to Dosa Republic and now they're trying a few new things with Chennai Club. We've been here 2-3 times during and after the change.
The dosas are still amazing and i'm a long term fan of their chutneys which come with the dosas.
We tried a dish from their indo-chinese menu once and weren't thrilled. But that was the day they were changing their menu. I'll go back there again to try another chinese dish.
We've ordered the chicken chettinad dosa. We love the chicken and dosa combo but it was a tad too greasy once.
What I do love the most is the Thali. it's a full squared meal either the south indian or the non-veg, tastes great.
We'e ordered the salt lassi twice. Once it was perfect, another time I had to return it cause it was way to salty to possibly consume.
So it's been a few ups and downs with the changes in menu etc. and maybe I'm a bit biased being a long time customer but I have faith in the establishment and overall it's good tasty food you get and I'd still recommend to try out the restaurant especially for their core good food: dosas and thalis.
The Spring Veggie Dosa yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… and the fresh young coconut to drink yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… are my standby favorites here. yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… When I veer from my favorites, I'm less thrilled.
My first visit didn't go so well, and the Paranormal Dosa I had was so spicy that the owner saw the pain in my face and (kindly) sent over some yogurt to help me cool down. My ex and I both didn't feel great afterward, and he was the more daring of the two of us to return to give the place a second chance. I'm glad he did - and recommended it to me as well. Now it's a go-to restaurant, as long as I order the right thing and don't go on a Monday (when they're closed).
It's typically hopping, yelp.com/biz_photos/the-… and everyone I've brought here loves it too.
Good Place...Awesome food!!!
(Old review, from Feb 2013)
We found the menu confusing. Many of the dishes felt a little too fusion-y and I was left having to think about whether I might like the food. I picked one, but it didn't end up as I'd expect and it was only OK for me. I liked what my dinner companion had better, actually.
The storefront is hard to spot, as the sign is tough to read while driving by at night.
If you like Indian food, and hot spicy food, then this is the place to go. Food is delicious!
We came here on a Friday night and didn't have any problem seating our party of 4. The menu is a bit overwhelming because they have a large selection of foods. They have menu boards on the wall, in addition to 4 display monitors on the counter. Customers place their orders at the counter.
It was our first time here and as they brought the food to our table one entree at a time, we weren't sure who ordered what. All dosas looked the same. Food was so hot and spicy my hair went flat cause of all the sweat and steam coming from my head (hee-hee!) but food was good!
My only gripe is that I checked-in on yelp and showed my phone to the cashier and let her know that I wanted my free dessert. I assumed she understood because she looked at my phone, nodded yes, and tapped her screen. My free dessert never came.
The food is pretty good, but the menus are seriously difficult to decipher. A number of different ornate typographies and calligraphies make the menu aesthetically pleasing but don't do anything to help me understand what I can order here.
I really like this little gem along El Camino in San Mateo. You order from a menu and then find a place to sit and within 10 minutes the food is delivered to your table (though finding a table might be challenging). I personally can't eat flour and I was pleasantly surprised to find the restaurant very accommodating to my food challenges. We ordered several items off of the menu and enjoyed them all.
This ireview is for my order from Waiter.com.
I realize my first mistake was ordering a noodle dish from a restaurant called the DOSA republic. However, I'm not the biggest fan of dosas, and the noodle bowl sounded interesting, so decided to give it a try. I ordered the I'klektik Noodle Bowl (Hakka Indian Chinese Street Noodles w/Indian Chinese Chili Cauliflower, $8) which was ok but quite spicy (and I like my food pretty spicy). However, I didn't like that the cauliflower pieces were more batter than cauliflower, and wish they were able to make it less oily. Overall, this dish was ok, but I probably wouldn't order it again. I'd highly recommend ordering Dosa if dining here!
From the founders of Curry Up Now...but completely unlike Curry Up Now (in a good way). I loved Dosa Republic!!
I ordered the rava masala dosa, my standard first-time comparison dish. It held up to the Saravana Bhavan version, which says a lot. We also ordered samosas and vada. The masala in the samosas was quite intense and flavorful, but skip the vadas - a bit dry and chunky, these weren't a very good representation of the real thing.
P.S. Check in on Yelp for a free pineapple rasam dish. It was the most unique version of rasam I've ever had - so, so good!
At first the menu was overwhelming for me (I get very excited over food) because there were so many good and tasty sounding choices.
I got one of the dosas, I forget which one, but it was delicious!
The food is OKAY, 2 to 3 stars. The food is wayyyyy to spicy for my taste and I like spicey.
Overpriced for street food too.
One star is for the big ugly roach I saw on the table right before my friends and I left.
DISGUSTING!! I hate roaches and in a resturant 10 times worse.
I would go next door to the Peruvian place.
Vegan-friendly, tasty food, great value, awesome service, and a wide variety of options (South Indian, North Indian, Indo-Chinese). Definitely worth checking out!
They changed their menu something serious and half their food gets sold out by dinner. What does that mean? 2 things: Either its hella good or they dont know how to manage their incoming/outgoing needs as a restaurant. Did I love it? Yes, totally and completely.
I love the check in special and since I'm allergic to pineapple they switched it for me for free. That's sweet.
Plantains taste like potatos? I had no idea...That changed my life.. I want MORE! Jerk chicken was alright... I think I liked the desserts most but yah it was pretty good.
Beware: they just changed their name from Dosa Republic to The Chennai Club due to another Indian restaurant in SF with the name Dosa. Same owners so no worries there if you are a loyal Dosa Republican.
New signage not up yet so hard to find if you haven't been there before like me. My wife and I wasn't sure what to get so asked the cashier for some recommendations. She recommended the American Punjabi w/ Chicken and the Cumin lamb stew from the unique Indian/Chinese section of the menu. Both were equally tasty, but I enjoyed the lamb a bit more. Super tender and rice was perfect.
Quick service, great food, reasonable prices so definitely recommend.
Only negatives is no towels in the bathroom and did not expect to hear Flo Rida in an Indian restaurant. :)
The Chennai Club opened the whole new world of South Indian cuisine to me....
The balanced level of Indian spices along with fresh ingredients create a totally unforgettable experience.
Trying many Indian restaurants in the past I clarify, that this place really makes
the food you would ENJOY!
Out of South Indian cuisine I do recommend to try Rava Masala
(very crispy& moist filled with curry potatoes stuffing).
Going more fusion....mmm...
try their American Punjaby Dosa. (melts in your mouth,...) and so are all the fusion dosas.
I am pretty sure you find your favorite one!
What is really amazing, you can communicate directly with chef modifying your choice..
It`s a must go place!!!
As good as it gets!
The food is great. They specialize in dosas so they don't have a large menu but you still have a lot of great options to chose from. The staff is friendly and helpful if you are not sure what to order. I will be back again to enjoy this place.
Can't believe this place has an average rating of 4. Food wasn't fresh and the taste was bad for all 3 entrees we orders on the table...
Excellent Dosa's. Best I've had in US and I've tried this dish in all the major cities in East/West Coast & Midwest including the Desi Hubs (Devon, Oak Tree Rd etc)
A fresh take on presenting Indian food plus the decor was so different than Taj Mahal filled monotonous Indian restaurants you see all over.
The dosas were alright - the dosa crepe itself was very crispy, which I liked. But other than that, I thought the filling itself tasted average (we got 3). The UK was very salty....
What I didn't really appreciate was the disorganization/dishonesty. One of us got the Jamaican Jerk, which was supposed to come with a side of plantains. Shortly after we began digging in, we noticed the plantains were missing. So we went up to the cashier (it is a half-service restaurant) to inquire and they simply said, "Oh we ran out." While the man did ask if he could get us something else to substitute, I wish they would have mentioned it when we were ordering. We just let it go.
But later, when we got a honey+pistachio+figs sweet dosa for dessert, I was so excited until I cut out a piece and took a bite - there weren't any pistachios in it. Instead, there were peanuts. So I asked the same man again and he was so certain that there were no peanuts and that they were pistachios. I told him, "They taste like peanuts and they're not green...", so then he said he would check with the kitchen. He returned a minute later and nonchalantly replied, "Oh those are mixed nuts. We ran out of pistachios." Wow, good thing none of us had any peanut (or other nut) allergies. Regardless, it wasn't anything to rave about.
I understand that things run out from time to time, but the kitchen should learn to communicate with the cashier so that customers are aware of it when ordering. I mean, that's the optimistic part of me talking. Who knows if they were fully aware of it and just hoping customers wouldn't notice/say anything?
I'm not sure if I'll return anytime soon....even with your hipster lights that I loved!
Idli and dosa was really good but the sambar and chutney quantity was very less compared to other south indian restaurants.
They catered an outdoor event for us at our clubhouse. We selected onsite dosa's and uttapam's. There were challenges firing up the grill - because it was one of the coldest weekends on record. But, the staff made it work. The food was delicious and our guests still ask us where it was catered from. The owner (and restaurant workers) were extremely nice and accommodated any/all of our requests.
Yum, yum, yum!!! I never had a dosa till I came here and brought my friend from India to help be my dosa guide. I ordered a 70mm paper masala an had no clue it was goings be 2 ft long! Lol. It was just the wrap with nothing inside and all the fixings on the sides. It was delicious!!! Everything!
All in all I will be coming back for sure. Came early afternoon on a weekend and I think I'll do that again because I think they get pretty busy later on. As far as authenticity goes, my friend gave it an 8 out of 10. Not bad for and Indian dosa joint in America if you ask me. Did I say I'm coming back??? :-)
I went here with my co-workers and ordered spinach dosa. It was nice. My co-workers also like this place very much. Very unique place for people who love south indian food.
Their chinese noodles dosa is also very nice.
I love this place from earlier times when it was "Annapurna". I have been there few times and it never disappoints.
Great alternative to Curry Up when you're craving Indian street food. This location on El Camino is definitely less crowded than Curry Up but still serves Indian food in an approachable manner. I really like the simple, unpretentious furnishings of the restaurant. The focus really is on making flavorful food! The lady at the counter was very helpful with our order. We asked which were the most popular items and what she recommended. My lamb and potato dosa was very flavorful and filling. I only ended up finishing half of it so I saved the rest for home. All the sauces are fun too. I also ordered the mango lassi but I didn't think it was spectacular or anything. If you're craving Curry Up but don't want to wait in that line during prime time, head over to Dosa instead :)
Point 1. This is not a typical Indian restaurant. If you have never eaten Indian food before, this is a great place to try it out. The menu is on the wall and can be confusing, but not to worry. The lady behind the register is extremely helpful. We had the Uti chicken tikka masala which is served in a tortilla like flat bread. They give you different kinds of dipping sauces. My wife and I split an order and had plenty to eat which with a drink cost $12. Such a deal. It is a trendy almost fast food like environment where you go to the counter and order (under the guidance of the extremely helpful family at the register) and then put a number on your table which can be either a large table good for a large group, or to be shared with others, or a smaller individual 4 person table. We were there on a Thursday night at 8:30 Pm and the place was jumping with a significant amount of takeout going on.
Point 2. It is not a romantic place, with a mix of Indians, Chinese, young couples out for a reasonably priced, but definitely an in place, etc.. It is somewhat hard to describe because they have Indian "finger" food (traditional foods but served in burrito like dosa's) but with definitely Indian tastes and flavors. The also have Chinese Indian fusion. Don't worry. Just go and talk to the lady at the register and you will be happy to be introduced to Indian food
We also had a desert concoction of strawberries, chocolate and some other sauce, which, once again, was recommended by the lady behind the register who came to our table to be sure we were happy with everything.
You can be in and out in 20 minutes or an hour depending on how entertaining your companions are. If I were bringing in newbies to Indian food, I would order different plates as a great way them up to speed on what they liked in a casual non threatening environment.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Did I already review this place? No matter, if so, I'll do it again.
DR has turned into my lunch go-to. I get off work at 2pm so I slide into DR about 2:07, no more crowd, all mellow & chill. I get the soup, spicy hot, way I like it. Then the Indian tacos (forgot the name), oh man you get 2! Good, filling and very tasty! I've tried other things but I always come back to this combo. DR is a welcome mid-peninsula fixture indeed!