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“Wow-Creativity and Execution” 5 of 5 stars
Review of All Spice

All Spice
1602 S. El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94402
650-627-4303
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Ranked #8 of 361 Restaurants in San Mateo
Price range: $31 - $75
Cuisines: Indian, Contemporary
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Borel Ave.
Transit: Caltrain: Hayward Park SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
Description: San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Executive Chef Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra expertly blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with Indian spices to create an entirely new style of cuisine, at once light, familiar and warmly exotic. All Spice is proud to have been awarded a Michelin star, a distinction reserved for cuisine of the very best quality and consistency. The restaurant is housed in a converted Victorian with beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace and a variety of architectural details. Each of three intimate dining rooms is decorated in bold, shimmering hues accented with gold. Thirty seats are scattered throughout. Professional service and a thoughtful, moderately priced wine list complement Chopra's dishes. To book reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.
Davis, California
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16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Wow-Creativity and Execution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

On arrival we noticed that All Spice is in a house and the several dining areas makes for a more intimate and quieter evening. The room we sat in had navy and dark emerald stripes on opposing walls, giving the room an especially sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere. Looking around it was clear that nothing happened by chance-the arrival of an amuse-bouche set the tone for the level of attention to detail and service. The menu was both familiar and novel, with traditional items like tri-tip, but with unexpected Indian-inspired spices, coffee in this case. It was tender and exceptionally rich tasting. The wild boar was spicy, with curry like flavors. Perhaps the most complex was the Ode to My Wife, Part II (the owners are married) a salad with contrasting flavors (beets and ricotta) and textures (cheese and almond crust) that made it truly stunning. The chocolate kulfi stimulated a debate about whether or not it was the richest and smoothest chocolate dessert we had ever tasted. The wine selection was creative and was focused on wine that was meant to be consumed with food! As we went out the door, "wow" and "fantastic" were the fist words uttered.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pacifica, California
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

The food at this establishment is creative and a surprisingly pleasant blend of Indian and French with notes of California. Their wine list is somewhat limited, but the offerings are superb and well-priced. The small rooms lend intimacy, but the tables and chairs don't encourage lingering - rather uncomfortable. Customers are well-attended by the serving staff.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bay Area
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
“Charming House with Good Indian Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

Stylized Indian food
Set back from the main street is a charming little house converted into a restaurant
Ample parking
Reservations are highly recommended
Wonderful amuse bouche of asparagus soup w/purple corn
Loved the “Ode to Mother” beet cheesecake appetizer
House flat bread ($2 supplement) seems under cooked?
Good vindaloo short ribs
Tasty lamb dish
Very polite food service; very hospitable ambience
Delish French press coffee

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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SF
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93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
“Great Food, Excellent Service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2012

This is the third time we have eaten at All Spice over the last year. The food has always been excellent and the service outstanding. If you are looking for an Indian restaurant, this is not it, but if you are looking for well flavored contemporary food *the chef has trained in the french style, most notably at Daniel, NY) with a touch of Indian flavor, then this place is excellent. Located in a house, the rooms are small and very comfortable and cozy. The atmosphere is upscale but not intimidating, rather very inviting. We have taken our (well behaved) 7 year old here twice and every time they have treated her like an adult, no plastic ware and paper cups or kiddie menu!
Our favorite has always been the Dosa, his creative crudo appetizer and the lamb sona-chandi (Gold and Silver).
It is slightly expensive, but the overall experience makes it worthwhile.
The only limitation I see, and being overly critical, is that they cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 easily, but this is a place that is meant to be intimate and enjoyed in small groups of 2-6. Book early as they fill up fast.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
“Elegant high class Indian. Better than Amber”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012 via mobile

Very innovative Indian dishes. Try as much as you can . Not one bad dish in our entire dinner group. For me the desserts were unbelievably good. Romantic setting. Can bring your own wine

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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