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  • 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

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/24/2014

    I am currently on a project in San Mateo for work, and my teammates and I have been here about 20 times over the last several months. We always leave full and happy.

    I am gluten free so I can only speak to the GF items, but there are several options. I almost always get a dosa, and my favorite one is the American Punjabi Spinach w/ chicken. The chutneys are delicious. My coworker is vegan, and has many options as well.

    I've never spent more than $15 dollars or waited longer than 10 minutes for my food. I highly recommend trying it out!

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/29/2014
    1 check-in

    I love this place, their RAVA and Paper Dosa is the bomb, dip it in with a side of butter chicken...

    It is good every time.  I can't even venture off to order anything else.

  • 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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/23/2014

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

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/19/2014

    I eat here once a week.  I've tried most of the things on the menu, and they're
    all consistently good.  Prices are low for a meal, and I have to give them credit for
    having $1.50 fountain drinks rather than the usual $2.50 or $3.

    There is probably something with gluten on the menu, but I haven't found it.  I think
    the dosas are all made with lentil flour, which is a lot better than wheat.

    Once in a blue moon, they'll have lamb biryani for $11 or $12 (better than the $16 you pay elsewhere).  Their biryani never LOOKS as good as elsewhere, but always
    tastes better.

    They also have some interesting Chinese/Indian hybrid items.

    I don't like their Uttabam as much as elsewhere, but there is nothing really
    wrong with it.

    All of their dosas are good, and a nice generous portion.  Kids meals give you a
    really big portion for the price.

    Desserts are all good too.

    One item I've never had or seen elsewhere is the Bombay dust, or fried idli and it
    is well worth it.

    The Rava dosa takes a long while to make, but good if you're willing to wait.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/23/2014

    The Chennai Club has very good Indian food! The menu offers several gluten free options that taste amazing. The staff seems nice and the atmosphere is casual. I definitely will be a repeat customer and highly recommend!

  • 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.

  • 2.0 star rating
    11/7/2014

    Average food. . I was hoping to get some authentic curd vadai and did not like their fusion style with chaat type prep. .  Liked the papdam in the south indian thali. . This is not a place for authentic South Indian food.  If you like to experiment South n Chinese/ North Indian fusion go for it. .

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/17/2014
    1 check-in

    Really good food, not spectacular, and the service is only okay.  The prices are good, the place is pretty clean and the food has lots of flavor and it is a different kind of Indian food than we typically see.  It was good, but I don't know if I'll be back when I come back to the Bay Area.

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/2/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/7/2014

    Dosas were good, especially all of the fusion ones specially UK chicken. Although service was a little slow but it was late in night and a lot of people had come after an event near by. Overall had a positive experience and definitely planning to go next and try other combinations of fusion dosas.

  • 4.0 star rating
    5/8/2014 Updated review
    2 check-ins

    The Malabar Paratha (Indian bread) and the paneer tikka masala is really good on the new 'Specials' menu. Also, the lamb curry is worth a try.

    5.0 star rating
    3/15/2014 Previous review
    Chennai club, formerly the dosa Republic, has been a long time favorite for South Indian food around… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    7/9/2014

    1.Different indo chinese menu n decent ambience.
    2. Most of them are good.
    3. Average priced like any other restaurant.

    Had the following:
    * fried idly - excellent
    * rasam avg - good
    * chilli chkn - average
    * malabar paratha - disastrous
    * madras onion dosa - good
    * panneer tikka dosa - good
    * mattar panneer dosa - good
    *Chinese thali - Very good ( fried rice, spring roll, gobi chilli, sweet corn soup, hakkah noodles )
    * non veg thali - below average
    * mango lassi - good
    * gulan jam - very good.

  • 1.0 star rating
    7/24/2014

    I have eaten here and by mistake my daughter left her book there and i followed up with them next day and they said they found it but do not know where they have kept
    i have been following from last 4 days n they do not have concrete answer

    surprising if they are not careful about a book, i wonder what if i have forgotten my wallet there

    pretty disappointed...not expected

    :(

  • 5.0 star rating
    3/30/2014

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/6/2014

    Best South Indian taste in the Peninsula. Go with the regular Indian, not Indian-Chinese menu items. Really authentic flavors with barely a twist. The kale vada in sambar is fresh and out of this world tasty. Thali is also great, loved the accompanying lamb and chicken curries, though a bit under and over salted respectively. Spring veggie dosa is slim and not crisp, filling just ok. Would maybe pass on dosa here, seeking certain dosa specialty places for that Mysore masala dosa fix. Coconut and tomato chutneys are not quite as yummy as Spice Hut's, the former a bit thin in consistency, but are fine. Name and menu changed a few months ago but same great cooks. What a gem of an unassuming restaurant! Wish there were something like this in SF. There's good Pakistani-Indian up here, but less good South Indian food.

    Note, this used to be Dosa Republic before Dosa sued them for name similarities and they gave up the long lawsuit.

  • 1.0 star rating
    5/30/2014
    1 check-in

    This is NOT Dosa Republic.

    They claim to serve the same food with same but expanded menu.  I asked them why they changed the name, they just said the food is still the same.

    Well, the food is NOTHING like Dosa.  The lamb dish is waterly and bland.  The rice is poor quality basmati rice.  The chicken biryani was tasteless.

    Worse, we both got a stomachache afterwards which ruined our evening.

    The place is also not as clean as before.  The bathroom floor felt greasy, there were food crumbs on the floor, chairs, etc.

    Why is Yelp letting this place keep all the ratings and reviews from Dosa Republic, while this is clearly not the same restaurant?  curious...  I feel kind of misled.

  • 1.0 star rating
    10/4/2014

    Poor customer service. Samosa chat was a disaster. Expensive and not worth the money!

  • 4.0 star rating
    4/23/2012
    3 check-ins

    If you love the format of Curry Up Now's brick and mortar restaurant you will love this new creation as well. Located away from the busy downtown San Mateo on a quieter strip of El Camino, The Dosa Republic offers an extensive menu of traditional and fusion dosas and other Indian street eats. Ambiance is hip,  contemporary and modern just like their sister restaurant.

    Food is fairly inexpensive. You can get a very fulfilling meal for less than $10. Even the most expensive items on the menu are just slightly over $10 and the portions are generous. All dosas come with 3 tasty chuctneys and sambar for dipping.

    I had their popular Tangra dosa (filled with Chinese noodle and veggie) and The Classic Dosa (with just potatoes). While I enjoyed the gratifying bold flavors of Tangra, I was more in love with the traditional classic. Just simple curried potatoes with crispy dosa crepe was enough to make me happy. Baby Idli Indian Chinese Manchurian starter was interesting but the sauce was a bit too salty for my taste. Their Coorgi Filter Coffee was quite good.

    These guys really know how to market with the social media. They offer freebies from time to time on twitter or with checkins so follow away.

    I will return for some sweet dosas next. All you gulten-free diners and vegans out there will be really happy with this shiny new addition.

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/27/2013
    2 check-ins

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    6/18/2012
    Purchased a Yelp Deal 1 check-in

    A friendly place for spicy Indian crepes with good flavor and portions. I bought a Yelp deal of $10 for $5 and bought their Hakkah inspired chicken dosha. Very flavorful but not particularly full of chicken strips (coated with something but not freshly stir-fried)-- there were way more savory noodles than anything else. Service was very friendly and even the owner's children served me my food.

    The value was good for $10 but I would preferred more freshly prepared chicken in my dosha.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/9/2014

    The quality has improved a lot from Dosa republic days. However off late I think the quantities have reduced a little bit & the prices have gone up a little bit. Hopefully they don't keep doing this and lose customers like me. It will be another Annapoorna all over again.

    Dusted fried idly, Vada, and Malabar paratha with Paneer tikka masala (hidden menu item) are my favorite.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/2/2013

    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. :)

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/21/2014

    Went in very hungry and left very full. First time here. The lamb dosa was recommended by the cashier. It was delicious and only $10. Looking forward to trying the rest if the menu.

  • 4.0 star rating
    9/6/2013
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 1.0 star rating
    4/15/2014 Updated review

    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.

    2.0 star rating
    12/3/2013 Previous review
    The Good:

    I have gone here a few times with co-workers, both when it was Dosa Republic and now the…
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  • 4.0 star rating
    12/17/2013 Updated review
    Purchased a Yelp Deal 3 check-ins

    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!

    4.0 star rating
    12/4/2013 Previous review
    It's good and I liked the yelp deal, which brought us here. They have a good mix of fusion dosas and… Read more
  • 4.0 star rating
    10/26/2012
    Purchased a Yelp Deal 1 check-in

    I discovered this place place through yelp deals. Their dosas are really good. If you are enjoying Carry Up Now, you will become a fan of this new place from the founders of Curry up Now.

    There is a light swtich from traditional indian dosas to californian style food by adding some farm veggies. The place offers some authentic dosas as well.

  • 5.0 star rating
    9/27/2014

    Pretty amazing fusion food. I especially like their Paranormal Dosa and the UK dosa with chicken tikka masala. Their mint lemonade is a must-have with all the spicy awesomeness.

  • 2.0 star rating
    4/12/2014
    1 check-in

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/6/2012
    1 check-in

    Menu is bit a confusing _ I'm not sure if it's the hand writing or the sheer amount of food that takes up 2 sides of the wall. I didn't even know they had salad options until I had paid.

    The place is new and the sign wasn't even up yet.

    I was starving and ready to eat ordered the samosa bites (same great crunch as Curry Up Now) and 2-3 perfectly little crunchy potato bites.

    I was a bit confused by the Hakka inspired dosa. Basically a dosa stuffed with chow mein. Yeah not a great menu choice for a diet and my god the portion size was enough to feed 2 hungry people. Interesting combo and indicative of fusion street food happening in India. The dosa was thin and had a good crisp spring to it, the chow mein was lacking flavor and pure greasy spoon heaven. I think I would have enjoyed some sarachia with it instead of all the different chutney's.

    Overall and interesting adventure away form Curry Up Now, well priced, different food with The same working formula. I will check out again and explore some of the lighter options on the menu.

  • 4.0 star rating
    7/15/2013
    11 check-ins ROTD 9/29/2013

    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!

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/24/2013

    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!

  • 4.0 star rating
    6/13/2014

    Exploring my neighborhood for Indian food, I am pleased to know there alternatives to local Bombay Garden and Curry Up Now.  The restaurant was nicer than I imagined, being next to a porn shop.  

    I'm familiar with Pakistani and common Indian dishes, but I think menu item descriptions (with pictures please) would do a LOT of justice.  Fortunately I had enough battery life in my phone to Google the dishes, and I ended up ordering Idli and chicken biryani.  Biryani is always a safe dish to get.  I can even make this myself (feel free to message me for a tasty and easy recipe).  

    Great flavors.  The idli was a bit spongier than I imagined, but paired with the chutneys made them a great appetizer.  I have no complaints about the biryani.  The chicken was well-cooked and tender.  Good-sized portion as well.

    I want to try the dosas next time.  Dosas are traditionally inexpensive, so I'm not sure why it's around $8-10 locally...hope they fill me up for that price.

  • 4.0 star rating
    11/2/2013
    2 check-ins

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    10/6/2013
    2 check-ins

    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.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/24/2014
    1 check-in

    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)!