What an unexpected surprise! Enjoyed our Saturday lunch thoroughly at chennai club while visiting the Bay Area. Simple, non assuming place but had the following yummy delights- chicken wings, chilli prawn, dosa, etc.
But the best dish for us was definitely the chettinad chicken- not too spicy, rich decadent gravy served with delicious parathas! I subtracted a star because somehow, the service was strange. The staff had no real expression or enthusiasm. They took the order so mechanically- never really trying to elaborate, upsell or clarify. Maybe even a smile would've gone a long way?
But will definitely be back...
I just got contacted by someone who claims to be employed by The Chennai Club,
Destany F., aka Alyona, who asked me to take my negative review down, with the following message.
"Take dosa review off
Chris you like to complain, don`t you? And you wish for each neg review u can get money back...oh, dear you can`t play with that. I think you are just a cheap scape and I can clearly tell it to your face as I am the one who helped you and all your friends get accommadated! But you paid first for yourself. The last college paid for every single person in group-BUT YOU. that`s why you are mad....cheap...cheap....cheap Alyona is my name, in case you change your mind"
If this person truly represents the business, I would avoid this place at all costs. If not, I am amazed at the lengths people will go to impersonate a business and not use Yelp's proper response system to address customer complaints.
As an aside, I left one small detail out of my review, but will include it now:
My boss' intent was to treat everyone to lunch that day, but before she was able to say this, I had already paid for my order in full. The inept person at the register didn't know how to combine our orders or refund my transaction, so my boss simply paid me in cash and we didn't make any issue of it. Funny how the restaurant went out of their way to call me cheap when they don't know the backstory, of course I thought it irrelevant to the review, until now.
The food is very inconsistent. Once it was really good however today the food was close to horrible.
We ordered the tangra dosa, chettinad dosa and sinhala dosa (with paneer) and all very very dry with paneer cooked like rubber.
The portions are generous, its healthy and has an authentic taste. If you are feeling adventurous try it out!
Over 20 kinds of Dosa in a menu!
And has daily SPECIALS on a board!!!
What else can you crave for.
Let me open a lit secret about this 8th Indian World Wonder-
the true secret is- IT`S ALWAYS FRESH, just like at home.
These guys cook twice daily just to bring the best flavor of south Indian curry.
The staff member- the chef, the dosa maker guy, the guru behind the counter who will promptly point you the right direction on the menu- ARE ALL BELONG TO THE COUNTRY OF CURRY EMPIRE....they follow the tradition of the culture, heritated from generation to generation-bringing THE BEST TO OUR TABLE.
& when I am in experimentive mood- I go for Indian Chinese.........very good variety.
Chennai Club has a nice vibe, pleasant ambience,
and everything to satisfy your hunger.
You easy can get in-out within 15 min getting your quick lunch.
Or sipping a sweet madras coffe watch the lights through the window meeting the sunset
I truely love this DOSA Place for the whole creation I get.
I've always wondered what it would be like to have dosa filled with meat and now I know. It's awesome. We split the American dosa which had butter chicken and saag inside and the old deli lamb dosa which had... lamb. I enjoyed both immensely and the slight sourness of the dosa batter added more than you'd think flavorwise to the whole experience. They're large portions too so leftovers are a real possibility.
I'd really like to go back and try more of their stuff as well as one of the traditional dosas.
I've never had south Indian food before, but this place set the bar high.
I had the American Punjabi Dosa with chicken, which is chicken, spinach, potatoes wrapped up in a crepe-like substance. This could be shared between two people -- it's THAT big. The dosa came with multiple sauces, but it doesn't need it because it's already tasty. If you've never tried dosas or south Indian food, you will not be disappointed with the Chennai Club.
Don't forget to check-in through yelp (I received free spring rolls)!
Chennai club, formerly the dosa Republic, has been a long time favorite for South Indian food around San Mateo. They have the traditional dosas, my favorite being the Mysore masala dosa (Indian crepe with spicy potatoes and chutney filling) & the modern fusion kind including dosas with chicken, lamb, or vegetable curry fillings.
I also like the vegetarian thali which is a big meal with 11 components including couple of chutneys, lentil soups (sambar & rassam), dosa, rice, yogurt, two vegetable curries, and dessert.
The chennai club also does a decent job with their indo-Chinese food items. But, whenever I visit this place I prefer the more traditional dosas, which always satisfies my craving for a good South Indian meal and hits the spot!
Great food, big portions. Will come back again! :)
Good Indian food. lovely Dosa with decent price. so far the best indian food i tried in this area. but i have no tried many
Not very impressive in terms of food quality or taste. Meh place at best. Went there because of the Yelp deal, never again.
Quick service, ambiance is as you would expect curry- up'ish. I ordered the spring dosa, onion masala dosa, vegetarian thali plate and some spicy cauliflower dish. I wouldn't recommend the Chinese dishes, felt very Panda Express. So stick with dosas and thali plates. I'll definitely be back for my dosa cravings.
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!
Best Indo-chinese and great dosas. Value for money
First time, so felt nice. Started with tasty kothu paratto. Wow yummy. Followed by spicy dosa and veg dum biryani. All items tasty yummy.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Very good South Indian food in the peninsula. Their Chettinad chicken is delicious. The filter coffee with worth trying.
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.
gluten free and indian! LOVE the options at this place. Service is as you would expect with an indian restaurant. Order at the cash register - say no more. Take out - and bring it home for a romantic indian night with your veggie partner and your gluten free diet.
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.
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!
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.
Vegan-friendly, tasty food, great value, awesome service, and a wide variety of options (South Indian, North Indian, Indo-Chinese). Definitely worth checking out!
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
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.
(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.
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!
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.
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!
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...
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.
Ordered the chili shrimp gravy style, plain naan...and got the spring rolls for 'checking in' with yelp. I am a big Indian food restaurant fan...this is not the typical Indian food that I am accustomed to...not spicy, too much salt in the shrimp, and spring rolls that tasted very Chinese restaurant like, and way too oily. I wont be returning here in this lifetime.
I was disappointed in the place. We ordered fried idli, spring rolls, chicken wings, kettinad(?) paneer dosa and chai. Wings were OK. Fried idli was just terrible. All dishes were under salted. Dosa was OK; the paneer part of the filling was good but the chutneys and sambar were under seasoned. Chai- got it quite late and in a metal cup?? Really- hot beverage, metal container. Just seems like no one is thinking through customer experience or basic design. Or real taste. The main server guy was friendly. But overall, not worth going back.