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  • 4.0 star rating
    8/13/2015
    1 check-in

    Truly enjoyed the food at Chennai Club!  We've driven by many times, but always thought it was a "club"!  After speaking to the owner, Feroza, she explained that "club" was combining the many dishes of South India with Chinese, hence making them into a "club"!  She was also very helpful in deciphering the menu and suggesting items to try.  I've read some yelpers disliking the service, but you have to admit, this is not a traditional sit down restaurant where you are being served by a wait staff.  Instead, you order at the counter and with your number placed on the table, you await until your meal is freshly cooked and brought to your table.  You serve your own drinks, gather your own cutlery, and enjoy the food.  The best part is you don't have to clean up after yourself :)!

    We decided to try something different and ordered the Tikka Masala Chicken Dosa, Schezuan Garam Masala Potato, and Chilli Chicken Gravy.  All were so good!  The flavors were bursting!  Not too hot, sweet, nor bland.  It was a party in our mouths!  We also had the ginger lemonade...light and refreshing and complimented our meals perfectly!  We will definitely come back again and try other dishes.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/16/2015

    I was meeting a cousin halfway, and San Mateo won! We picked this placed based on location, and the fact that it had Indian food for my grandma.

    Service is quick and friendly.

    However, I got the Chinese Thali, and their indo-chinese food could use a lot of work. It's more greasy than flavorful, and the sweet corn soup I got was practically a bowl of spicy corn starch.

    The idli and dosa looked good, which is why I gave them 3 stars, but I don't think I'll be back.

  • 2.0 star rating
    7/27/2015
    1 check-in

    Food here is pretty tasty! Although I'm not surprised because I heard that this spot was previously run by the same guys at Curry Up Now.

    So why the poor review? Because the service here needs some serious work. The guy who took our order saw that we needed some help and just watched us as we tried to figure out the menu. After working it out on our own and asking him a few questions, he begrudgingly answered us with answers that were of little help. Honestly if you don't want to help your customers decipher the menu or suggest dishes to newbies, then this is probably the wrong business for you.

    I think I'll stick to Curry Up Now where the food is just as good, but there service and atmosphere are 10x times better.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/13/2015
    1 check-in

    My hubby loves DOSA and he talked about it a lot! So he was happily agreed to check out this place when I told him they seem to have a lot of Dosa selections! It was my first time eating Dosa and so were our friends (we went as a group of 10).

    It's a self serve place, you go up to the counter to place your order and pay. The lady (cashier/hostess) was very helpful and friendly. She didn't mind explaining to us what was on the menu for several times!

    Most of us ordered the UK Dosa with chicken tikka masala as she said they weren't spicy.... A couple ordered the lamb and egg Dosa, I got the Chetinad Dosa with chicken and  a couple others got the rice plate with cumin lamb.

    The food was reasonably priced... all the Dosa orders came with 3 pieces of Dosa (Dosa plates are in the $9 range). What is Dosa???? Well, it's basically an Indian crepe (the skin tasted like crepe but a tiny bit sour) filled with potatoes and your choice of protein/mixture and served with some Indian sauces. At This place, all dosa orders came with a lentil soup and a coconut based sauce and a tamrind based sauce. All loved the Dosas but they were a bit spicy (it wasn't for me because I love spicy food). A few of us also ordered the chicken and corn soup that was similar to the Chinese style soup. For $4 the portion was pretty hefty! For smaller stomach... certainly would be enough to make you full! We also ordered mango lassi $3, again, good price, and very refreshing to cool off from the spices.

    It's certainly a great place to eat casual meals... the restaurant smell like Indian food when you walk in... but actually surprisingly, we didn't smell when we walked out... or at least we felt that way ahahahha!!

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/31/2015

    I had the UK chicken and the masala dosa....unfortunately was not too thrilled, the sambar was okay...missing something tho...coconut was too watery for my taste.

    The UK chicken was also nothing to write home about.

    People were friendly/nice....might go back to try other stuff but doubtful.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/1/2015
    4 check-ins

    Dosa? Yes please!!
    This place used to be called Dosa Republic and somehow they've changed names and my old review went missing. Regardless, I came back recently with a co-worker and had my dosa fill.

    Nothing fancy or fusion for me. I like my dosa plain and simple filled with seasoned potatoes and onions.

    The chutneys were delicious although I miss the greenish chutney that the South Bay dosa places serve (mint? maybe?).

    Service was fast and the dosas were thin and crisp in areas and tangy.

  • 1.0 star rating
    6/25/2015

    I've tried this place a few times and come to the conclusion that the food is too oily and lacks attention to detail in it's preparation.

    I stopped by earlier and had the chicken biryani and spring rolls.

    The biryani was decent, however, they left whole spices in the rice.  In my opinion they should take these out because no one wants to bite into a cinnamon stick or  a pod of cardamom - just too bitter and you have to fish them out too!

    The spring rolls were vegetarian and seemed to be stuffed with cabbage and carrots, that's all.  Not much flavor there.

    I paid $18 plus a tip for this, which I felt, like some of you here, that it is overpriced for the quality.

    On previous visits I've tried their dosa's and curries and wasn't very impressed either.

    Will I be back?  Well, I been here three times.  As they say in baseball, three strikes and you're out!

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/4/2015 Updated review

    This review is for their Togo order only. Please see previous review for dining in and catering.

    Most businesses close their kitchen 15 mins or sooner prior to close. Not Chennai Club. They are super awesome and let you order until few mins before close. Today, I called in 15 mins before close and they had my order ready as always with a smile on their face.

    Thank you Feroza and team!

    4.0 star rating
    11/22/2013 Previous review
    Been here many times and even done catering from this place for our housewarming. Really nice dosas… Read more
  • 3.0 star rating
    8/8/2015

    Good food, and good dosas. But the service is not so good, people have to self serve themselves for the most part.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/19/2015
    1 check-in

    It is Chennai! The names on the menu makes it all. They have managed to bring back home style taste on almost all of the items.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/29/2015 Updated review
    13 check-ins ROTD 6/2/2015

    A long overdue update:

    Dosa Republic has since changed names and become Chennai Club. It is also now better than ever!

    Weekdays, weeknights, any time of day - it's always busy with a steady flow of customers and takeout orders, which pretty much guarantees fresh food, if nothing else.

    Chennai Club has lots to offer! If you're looking for a dosa, or a traditional thali platter, they've got it! If you're craving spicy Indo-Chinese, they've got it! If you want rice bowl with some meat curry, they've got it! And interestingly...all of thr abkve is done very, very well.

    The dosas are fantastic, as are the rice bowls, and Indo-Chinese. Appetizers include chaat and some other small plates, as well.

    It's safe to say that we've probably tried everything on the menu thus far, and we keep coming back! I just wish it was located in a more prime location...

    4.0 star rating
    7/15/2013 Previous review
    From the founders of Curry Up Now...but completely unlike Curry Up Now (in a good way). I loved Dosa… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    2/16/2015

    After reading reviews that it was the same owners as Curry Up Now, I was very hesitant to try this place. I personally think CUN is below average. This place is definitely WAY BETTER than Curry Up Now!

    I tried two different dosas. The dosas were a good size and full of flavor. I do wish there was a little more filling in the crepe itself. I tried the UK (Chicken Tikka Masala) and the Tangra Noodles with Chicken.

    Beware that the food is VERY VERY SPICY. I took a star off because at one point the spice took over any taste you could acquire.

    Some people wrote that this place is not a traditional Indian cuisine. They never claimed to be! They have a fusion menu of Indian and Chinese. As a side note, CUN is Indian and Mexican.

    I wish Chennai Club's location was better. This place would be booming if it were better located. They are on El Camino with minimal parking out front. Although parking may be difficult,  the restaurant's actual lay out is a good casual dining atmosphere.

  • 1.0 star rating
    5/24/2015
    1 check-in

    Blech! Just super bland and white-bread Indian food and that should not be a thing. So sad if this is all some people experience when it comes to Indian food. Find something authentic, for the love of the Vishnu and Govinda and all of their compatriots! Or if not them, then for your taste buds!

  • 2.0 star rating
    7/15/2014
    1 check-in

    Totally over hyped!!

    Heard it's under the same management as 'Curry up now' and boldly walked into this place on a weekend for dinner.

    Ordered a lot of food - thali, gangra noodles(don't be fooled; it's only noodles wrapped in small dosas along with a choice of fried paneer/chicken), uttappam tacos, hakka noodles, dosa, fried dumplings in sambar(vada sambar), Bombay dust fried idli, etc. The names are as exotic and unique as those at Curry up now but the food falls way below their standards.

    None of the dishes are noteworthy.

    Not coming back.

  • 3.0 star rating
    8/16/2015

    Food was very good and fairly reasonable.

    Service is non existent. It doesn't cost a red cent to smile and bring some cutlery to the table. I get the place is self service. Would it kill you to. Ring basic cutlery when you bring out the food? Rather than ask patrons to break their conversations and walk over to the corner to pick out cutlery. Meh.

    Time for the owners to grow up?!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/10/2015

    We decided to stop here on our 5 hour layover at SFO. The moment we landed, we took a cab and rushed to this place for lunch. We were starving and we ordered a thali and ordered fried rice to go. I loved it. It felt very homemade although the greasiness in the fried rice could be a little less. If I had a chance to go back here again, I would definitely would. Good food for good price!

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/21/2015
    1 check-in

    Pretty good food. Tried the masala dosa, mysore masala dosa and idlis. All three dishes turned out good. Need improvement in their ambience. When they have such great menu, location and food, a little care towards the interior can take the restaurant to the next level.

  • 5.0 star rating
    8/10/2015

    This place has fabulous food. We come once a week for butter chicken with naan bread and a UK Dosa. This is not a fancy place but more of a local eatery. Never had a bad meal yet and have plans to try a few other dishes.
    Highly recommend.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/23/2015

    Great staff, great food, great atmosphere, good prices. Definitely one of my lunchtime favorites.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/2/2015

    I ordered Chennai Club for lunch and had the Non-Vegetarian Thali.

    Admittedly,  when I first saw that the menu contained South Indian, North Indian, and Indo-Chinese options, I figured that this restaurant had diluted themselves away from delivering excellent South Indian cuisine as the name Chennai Club would suggest.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the meal, however.  The Thali was on point, and needing to finish on something sweet, I had some Gulab Jamun to wrap everything up quite nicely.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/19/2015
    1 check-in

    This is another good Indian spot I can recommend in San Mateo. We tried their fish curry with dosa set weekend special and also their chicken biryani. These dishes were very good. They also have a wide selections of dosas you can order. This place is very well run. The street parking was a challenge. We always stop by here during out visit to downtown San Mateo.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/19/2015
    4 check-ins

    The food is very good here. I've tried almost all their speciality dosas and entrees. All of them are worth the try. Their indo Chinese appetizers and entrees are great as well.

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/2/2015

    Legitimately good south Indian food, but for a place that calls itself Chennai Club the sambar was much closer to the kind you get in Bangalore. (Yes, there's a difference, and yes, it matters.)

    We had a Mysore masala dosa and a south Indian vegetarian thali. The total was around $21 -- very reasonable for the bay area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/6/2015

    We stopped here to grab some lunch while on a three hour layover at San Francisco airport. Took a taxi here and ordered vegetarian meals, rasam vada, and dosa. The rasam vada was fantastic. Every item on the vegetarian meals was delicious as well. The quantity of rice is a bit less but feel free to order more as I think they just don't want any thing to go  waste. The food is very reasonably priced. We ended up with a take out order for fried rice and rumali roll for our long flight to the east coast. The fried rice was pretty good but oily I felt. Other than that, will come back here if I happen to be in the Bay Area.

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/29/2015
    1 check-in

    Great menu and great food.
    Love their firecracker chicken wings.
    Amazing dosa choices.
    Thalia plates are really big and nice.
    My weekend steady brunch place

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/30/2015

    The food is fabulous. One of the best Indian restaurant near SF. Best service ever!!! The Masala Dosa And Wada are very crispy and creamy as described.. Should definitely visit again!!!

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/9/2015
    1 check-in

    Ambiance : Pretty small. And with lots of tables, there isn't much personal space.

    Service : You order (& pay upfront) at counter and wait for it to be delivered at
    table. Service was quick. Sadly many items were just in menu but not available.

    Food : Varieties of dosa (some were very unique). We tried Tangra Dosa, Chettinad dosa & mysore masala. Being south Indian restaurant, you would expect these dosas to be delicious. But they were just okay. Even basic things like 'Dosa should be crisp and thin' were missing.

    Price : Expensive for the quantity & quality being offered.

    Very disappointing. Will not come again.

  • 5.0 star rating
    4/24/2015

    Food is awesome, fast service !
    Menu covers lot of south Indian dishes and some good Chinese options too !

  • 5.0 star rating
    7/12/2015
    1 check-in

    Absolutely LOVE the Chenai Gunpowder Uttapam here. This is the perfect place to go if you're crave home-made South Indian food. Vada, and the Chicken Tikka Masala Uthapam are also fantastic.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/25/2014

    We had tangra noodles dosa with paneer,uttapam tocos and rasam wada.Great stuff.Will come again to try others.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/17/2015

    Good food. Nice place. Chicken utappam is my favorite. Parking may be a hassle at times but most of the times you can easily find a spot on the street. Sometimes it gets crowded on Fridays during lunch time.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/11/2015
    1 check-in ROTD 2/20/2015

    This place is pretty awesome. I've been working my way through the Dosa list to try them all and I have yet to be disappointed. I originally came for the gluten-free options and I am glad that I did. The serving sizes were generous each time that I have ordered, so I've always had leftovers. Other then being stuffed like a turkey, I have no complaints.

    What I've eaten so far: American Punjabi (GF) (The Republic of Dosa), Old Delhi Lamb (GF) (The Republic of Dosa), and a lunch time special fish curry dosa.

  • 4.0 star rating
    2/11/2015

    Tasty Indian Food in San Mateo. The place is really clean & price is reasonable. They have many options for spicy and non spicy lovers. The only concern is the location since it's on a busy street. Overall it's a great place to eat!

  • 4.0 star rating
    8/8/2014
    3 check-ins

    No more long drives for us to the South bay to get our south indian food fix. Chennai Club nails it with the south indian fare! The idlis, the dosas, the uttappams and the sambhar are all spot on. Haven't tried their North Indian dishes but i wouldn't be surprised if they aren't as good as the South Indian dishes. We tried the chilly chicken and it was not that great.  They were previously owned by the same people as Curry Up Now, but looks like its owned by different people now. The service was very quick and our food came very quickly, they also deliver via fluc.com.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/9/2015
    2 check-ins

    Paranormal Ghost dosa was awesome, very unique combination of the traditional masala dosa. I liked the Serano chili pakora (extremely spicy for nomal people, though). The American Chopsuey was amazing, having it this crunchy way after a very long time and really enjoyed it.

    The bombay dust fried idli was so-so, didn't like it at all. So docking a star for having many fancy names for dishes that don't quite live upto their real reputations. Would definitely come back and try something else again.

  • 2.0 star rating
    11/26/2014
    1 check-in

    This is a self service place with plastic utensils and uninspired workers when I came on a sunday evening, defiantly not real indian food compared to what I have eaten in the past though it was good but way overpriced in my opinion, those negivatives give it a modest 2 stars. Go here for indian/asian fast food but not for any kind of regluar dining.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/7/2014

    More than Dosa. They have a wide ranch of offerings (from chinese chop suey to curry to snacks). It actually gave me a feeling of the offering I'd get when in Indian. A combination of street food to simpler entree. The prices were spot on. Not dirty cheap but fair and reasonable.

    This is what I had on this trip

    Masala chicken dosa - I am pretty picky about my dosa so this didn't quite do it for me although I know it's hard to get the consistency of dosa with it perfect light and crunch when it is stuffed. So this tasted more like a chicken, potatoes,  burrito subbing tortilla wrap with dosa

    Cumin lamb - has a kick and although the ownet climb it's curry don't expect a lot of sauce to dip with

    Appetizer cauliflower - forgot the name but basically think general gao chicken flavor and breading but with cauliflower.  

    Gulam julab - fried dough bowl in syrup - came nice and warm with slices of apricot acorn nuts - good if you like this dessert

    Mint ginger drink - winning esp since I was coming down with a cold - not too sweet so perfecy

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/4/2014

    This place rocks ! I had been here while visiting San francisco. This place was named Republic of Dosa earlier I think. They have wonderful dosas that has filling like chinese machurian/noodles and panner as well. This is like a fusion of south/north indian food with chinese flavors.

    Gobi cualiflower chilli and serrano chilli pakoda are awesome for appetizers.we had a dosa with panner filling and another with noodles filling inside. both were cooked to perfection and tasted very delicious. Initially when entering the place, we felt the place was not maintained so well and had a bad vibe. However, after tasting the food, we changed our opinions.

    This is a must to go when you are in the San Mateo area or in the north bay. Worth the drive.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/23/2014

    Very good Indian food with lots of vegan and gluten free options! The veggie dosa is  delicious!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/12/2015

    This place is a fusion of north and south Indian food. I love there Dosa's. Chicken Tikka masala dosa is the best. Chettinad chicken dosa, Rava dosa all taste good. Their Chinese thali is not very good but the regular veg and non veg thali are pretty satisfying.
    Overall a gem in San Mateo...