The Chennai Club
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!
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. Read more
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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! Read more
Innovative South Indian food with a great ambiance!
Order interesting items - fried idly, South Indian coffee and the American Punjabi dosa with paneer. The food was quite innovative - mixing north and South Indian flavors in a way that entices the taste buds and makes it dance. The prices are so reasonable, that if I lived in California would visit every day to try out the many, many different combinations of food. The service was quick and extremely friendly. You felt more like a guest visiting than a customer.
I highly recommend this restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Veg thali was good. My wife's rava masala dosa was ok- too much onion. My friend's Lamb dosa sucked. Food ordered by others was mediocre. I noticed my friend's wife didn't finish her food (vege thali). Service was not bad. I am giving 3 stars because place isn't very clean (bathroom stinks) and table was shaky and nobody smiles. We went in and stood there for five minutes and then figured out that we have to seat ourselves. My friend made payment and got distracted- the cashier just stood there with card extended to her and didn't say a single word. No thank you.
Lamb dosa sucked. Food ordered by… Veg thali was good. So was my wife's rava masala dosa. My friend's
Lamb dosa sucked. Food ordered by others was mediocre. Service was not bad. I am giving 3 stars because place isn't very clean (bathroom stinks) and table was shaky and nobody smiles. We went in and stood there for five minutes and then figured out that we have to seat ourselves. Read more
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...
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!
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.
Biryani is definitely worth a try. Not the usual you will find in other Indian restaurants. Well balanced with the masala and spices.
Gun powder Uttapam is one of my other favorite.
Pretty decent on the Veg & non-veg thalis.
Gets a bit crowded on Friday & Saturday evenings . Sometimes parking also becomes difficult.
Recently ordered food for pick-up, and got couple of dishes on the house. Really appreciate that !!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Fast food style Indian place that was quite busy at 8:30PM. To be fair, I didn't try their dosa, which seems to be what they make the most of. I got the cumin lamb ($11, comes with white rice and some vegetables) and their crispy garlic fried rice ($9). Both were pretty salty and mediocre. Both of these items came off their Indian-Chinese portion of their menu, which I was lukewarm on. The serving size / cost of the cumin lamb was fair -- it makes a complete meal with the rice and vegetables. The garlic fried rice tasted more or less like fried rice I can make at home, which makes $9 pretty steep given that there wasn't anything in it that really justifies the cost. Parking seems to be only side of the street and it's on El Camino Real so I guess convenience might vary by time of day.
As a plus, there's online ordering through the yelp mobile app and the order comes out pretty fast. The menu is also pretty extensive so I can only speak for 2 things they make.
Business info summary
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm Closed now
- Price range
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
- Tangra Dosa
- Old Delhi Lamb Dosa GF
More business info
- Takes Reservations
- Accepts Credit Cards
- Good For
- Street, Private Lot
- Bike Parking
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Good for Kids
- Good for Groups
- Noise Level
- Beer & Wine Only
- Outdoor Seating
- Has TV
- Waiter Service
From the business
i'klektik Indian street food. Come visit Curry Up Now's newest restaurant! Specialties include Dosas served with eclectic fillings like Pork Belly, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Sri Lankan Chicken …Learn more about The Chennai Club , Opens a popup
i'klektik Indian street food. Come visit Curry Up Now's newest restaurant! Specialties include Dosas served with eclectic fillings like Pork Belly, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Sri Lankan Chicken Curry, Indian Chinese Noodles with a trio of chutneys, Samosa Bits, Uttappam Tacos and much more!
Traditionalists, no sweat. We've got you covered with Idli Sambar, Vada Sambar, The Classic Masala Dosa, Mysore Masala, Chennai Onion Masala & Rava Dosa. We also feature Utappam, Chana Bhatura, Poori Aloo, Chaats, Egg Hoppers and Biryani on a rotating basis. The 11-13 item Thali is a big seller and crowd pleaser.
Come try our approach to South Indian food. We think you'll like it. Almost everything we serve is Gluten Free & Vegan and every item on our menu can be made Vegetarian.
Dosa, Idli, Vada, South Indian, Indian, Biryani, Utappam, Rasam, Sambar, Dosai, Rava Dosa. Indian Food, Indian Chinese, Curry Up Now, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Nut Free
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