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  • 4.0 star rating

    The Chennai club is local lunchtime favorite for San Mateo office goers who are in for South Indian food. The place is earthy and not heavy on pocket. It dishes out some real good chicken biryani, chettinad chicken with malabar paratha for the meat lovers and also plenty of vegetarian choices like the Veg thali, Masala Dosa, chennai gun powder uthappam etc.
    The only concern is that service is not consistent and depends on the rush.
    Overall a nice place to enjoy some spicy and flavourful Indian food followed by cooler deserts.

  • 4.0 star rating

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    My sister always has random cravings and this time it was for Indian food. We got 3 items to share among 4 people and it was quite a filling meal.

    We got the lamb dosa and the tikii masala dosa which is the protein wrapped inside a thin crepe (dosa). The dosa was nice and crispy and the protein were both cooked and flavored really well.

    We also go the non-veg thali platter and to be honest, I have no idea what's what, but you kind of just try them all and all them them are pretty tasty and had a lot of flavor.

    Overall, I enjoyed our meal and I would come back to try more things.

  • 4.0 star rating
    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!!

  • 2.0 star rating

    Baby food?

    strange meal. Ordered the vegetarian and meat thali (dish with many types of items). Both were strangely lacking substance. Had high hopes but I think the location is a challenge for the business and they are cutting corners. No parking, an adult store next to the restaurant, crazy el Camino traffic. I liked the decor and it felt like a great dive (good reasonably priced food) to frequent and had hopes. However,

    -the meat tali was 2 small curries that were pretty tasty - so there is some real potential (chicken and lamb), 6 small containers with watery sauces or soup that I found unsatisfactory.

    - the vegetarian was 1 chick pea blob, 1 potato (yes 1 piece), 6 sauces.....I would have given this review 1 star if I had the vegetarian myself. My wife thought it's like baby food (no solids) that probably is the most accurate description for the meal.

    The sauces were really watery, there was nothing in the soup except a few shriveled vegetables. Dosa was crunchy but I think of that more as a breakfast food/snack (like in India) and roti for a full meal....is that why all the sauces (cos a dosa is usually served with a few sauces and nothing else), but then it should be sold as a dosa not a thali. All the 'thali' web sites show real food not a bunch of sauces - so I'm not alone in my expectations.

    Now to be credible as a reviewer, one has to have some experience. Been to India for work ~20 times, travelled extensively and eaten Indian food lots and lots it times, so I have a base line:

    Since when is a thali mostly water? Also this is America, land of big meals and your money's worth for food, so how can you serve a meal for $11.00 that has a few shreds of meat and vegetables. Also being an Indian restaurant is no excuse for starving portions either since I've always had big helpings in India for a fair price.

    Was it the end of the day and the bottom of the pots had slim pickings? Also we were really thirsty at the end, so either there was a huge dose of MSG or the pre-mixed sauces had tons as an ingredient (management should review this, as that's a real "yuck" in California even if you support that MSG is the '5th taste').....gotta be 1 star guys, but an extra for the decor.

  • 2.0 star rating
    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

    I visited this place a long time back when it was dosa republic, tried their chettinad dosa and thought I wouldn't be back here. But a friend urged me to try it again, and guess what - now I am a regular here. :D
    Their veg thali is the best south Indian food in the peninsula. The Chennai onion dosa is my favorite as well. I ve tried the American Punjabi dosa and Sinhala disa which were okay. I'm of the opinion that dosa filling should be mild in spices. They also have daily specials which I am yet to try.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3 check-ins

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Always love this place for lunch. The staff is very friendly and always prompt when coming to pick up your food. I love the CTM a lacarte and hakka noodles with chilli chicken its very tasty and spicy! If you want spicier go ahead and ask!

  • 4.0 star rating

    Burji Dosa is really good.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    This place is definitely over rated, it offers a decent variety and good option of dosa

    1. Not a typical Indian place, offers wide variety of dosas and other South Indian food
    2. I like there interiors and cleanly maintained environment
    3. Does is good, not great as other people are stating
    4. Will try again and recommend it for friends
    5. Price is really arguable, pricey but not overly priced

  • 4.0 star rating
    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

    If the Hakka noodles taste sweet , what else u expect from place , to make the taste better , I asked for vinegar , and to my surprise I got the answer , they ran out of vinegar , really !!! Indo Chinese place ran out of basic ingredient .
    Coming to second dish , tangra dosa . Chicken tasted as if fried 10 times since morning , so hard oily and tasteless .
    Third dish idli n vada combo ... One star is only for idli n vada , but Sambhar was so sweet that I felt I was sitting in Gujarati restaurant instead of chennai
    Overall , BIG DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Never coming back !!!

  • 3.0 star rating

    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.

  • 1.0 star rating

    Usually I love this place and go once or twice a week but I ordered take out today and they literally gave me a small side portion size cup of the fish curry for $11. Not cool guys, you just lost a regular. You gave me half or what I normally get and charged me full price. Didn't realize I needed to check the bag to make sure I wasn't getting ripped off. Guess you guys are all about stepping over dollars to pick up pennies.

  • 1.0 star rating

    Worst customer service! Called them to place an order to go, and was put on hold for more than 20 min, I finally hung up after waiting for so long and no one even took the order. Why have online menu of you don't serve take outs??

  • 5.0 star rating

    The Food Is So Awesome and the place is nice Environment .It is the one of the best place to eat

  • 5.0 star rating
    1 check-in

    Well i never had such tasty chilli cauliflower anywhr ever..a must try..thumbs up for such nice dosa

  • 1.0 star rating

    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!

  • 2.0 star rating

    Ok ok. The dosas are meh. Hakka noodles were sweet (smh).

  • 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

    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.

  • 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
  • 2.0 star rating
    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.

  • 1.0 star rating
    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!

  • 1.0 star rating

    Horrible food. Looks like the chef has changed or something. Food tasted very different than the last time I had been here a few months ago, will never go back again.

  • 3.0 star rating

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

  • 4.0 star rating
    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.

  • 4.0 star rating

    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

    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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    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.

  • 3.0 star rating
    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.

  • 4.0 star rating

    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!

  • 1.0 star rating

    New review:
    Second visit was a mess.
    Dirty cloth pieces on the floor on the way to the restroom
    Indo Chinese platter didn't have spring rolls. Nor did they have the decency to substitute with something meaningful
    Veg noodles was a slapdash with hot sauce. No flavor
    Rumali was actually store bought tortilla :(
    Bad body odor from wait staff
    Messy dirty paper on the table

    Overall a mess. Yuck. Never again.

    Plus the baking soda in the food made me ill afterwards.

    Health dept should shut this place down ASAP.

    Old review:
    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
    1 check-in

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

  • 5.0 star rating
    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

  • 4.0 star rating

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

  • 5.0 star rating
    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.

  • 2.0 star rating
    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

    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.