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Best Indian in San Mateo?

Kim Cooper Jan 6, 2007 12:58 AM

Which is the best Indian restaurant in or around San Mateo?

  1. bbulkow May 28, 2009 12:04 AM

    Expand to Foster City, and go to Tabla! This place is very authentic. Young guys at formica tables, big plates of biryana, dosas to kill for, and lots of bollywood screens in every direction. Not your run of the mill north indian tandoori and curry. And look to the specials list - last time I was there I had a great goat curry.

    New Tabla
    1088 Shell Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404

    1. k
      katya May 27, 2009 04:47 PM

      When I lived in Millbrae, Nawab was our go-to restaurant for Northern Indian food. We liked it for awhile, were really disappointed with our one buffet experience, and were underwhelmed our last visit there for dinner three years ago.

      Annapoorna which serves South Indian is actually better. Another option is Roti Bistro in Burlingame. It seems to be universally loved in Chowhound. We visited several times. It is in a great setting but the food is pricey and not always great.

      Here's my Annapoorna review:

      I Claim This Aloo Bonda for Spain…er, India! – An Awesome Indian Snack at Annapoorna in San Mateo

      Here are my two Nawab reviews:

      Ordinary Nawab Cooks Indian Classics Extraordinarily Well (San Mateo)

      San Mateo’s Nawab: Highly Raita-d for Dinner, but Lunch Buffet? Aloo-ser

      2299 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94403

      Roti Indian Bistro
      209 Park Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010

      Nawab India Restaurant
      5 S Ellsworth Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401

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      1. re: katya
        P. Punko May 27, 2009 05:35 PM

        FYI to the OP, Annapoorna is vegetarian.

      2. j
        jrhsfcm Jan 6, 2007 05:50 AM

        I'd second Nawab. Very good food, affordable, and friendly service. Their lunch buffet is a steal.

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        1. re: jrhsfcm
          lkojio May 27, 2009 11:51 AM

          I used to love Nawab but the last time we went we were disappointed.

        2. w
          Wendy_san Jan 6, 2007 03:53 AM

          Haven't been there real recently, but we've always enjoyed Nawab, as have our Indian friends.

          5 S Ellsworth Ave
          San Mateo, CA 94401
          (650) 401-8424

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