This place was just down Ocean Street from where my wife and I were staying. We needed lunch, and with some trepidation decided to give it a try. There was a bit of a wait, we decided to leave, walked back outside, and were stopped by another patron who said the food was fabulous and that we should head back on in. We did, and he was right. In particular, my chicken curry stew was terrific. The service and ambience were such that I couldn't quite come up with an Excellent rating, but we'd still go back the next time we are in Santa Cruz.