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All Spice

1602 El Camino Real San Mateo, CA 94402
Cuisine : Indian

The inspector's view

Pay attention or fly right by this radiant wooden house, set back off El Camino Real. Convenient on-site parking alleviates any trouble (if at all) getting here. An elegantly dressed patronne (the chef's wife in fact) offers a warm greeting before guiding you to a table in one of the snug interconnecting rooms. Wooden floors, a rustling fireplace, and vibrant walls with heavy window dressings help create a warm yet sultry aura. In turn, these bright rooms bestow a soft glow upon large tables accoutered in full linen and contemporary crockery. Everything here evinces California love, including the chatty but very courteous waitstaff. The California-centric Indian cuisine may begin with an "Ode to my Wife, Part II" which is a chef's tribute presented as a crunchy, decadent savory cheesecake layering ricotta-almond mousse and beet mirepoix in a sun-dried tomato crust. Lemon verbena sea bass rustically served on a bed of sweet corn and charred potatoes is cooked to pearly perfection with a dusting of spices and dab of lemon jelly that boosts, but never overpowers. The rich chocolate-coffee mousse with a quenelle of lightly minted cream and crunchy meringues is utterly pleasing.

Meal prices

25 - 50 USD

Additional information

  • Pets allowed

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