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Astaria San Mateo - don't bother

estnet Mar 13, 2009 02:05 PM

I recently ate here because of a discount - but really not worth it.

Pizza - pedestrian - over cheesed such that the otherwise pleasant tomato sauce couldn't be tasted (I found this out after taking leftovers home and taking 2/3 cheese off and reheating)

Fried chicken over mashed potatoes - described as "a big portion" it was ?one thin breast but into 4 or five pieces over a pile of mash potatoes and some ?gravy. So the actual chicken meat was dry and tastless - overbreaded, but it was fried crisp - except for the whole bottom that was ruined by absorbing moisture from the potatoes it sat on. ?gravy was a thin liquid that looked and tasted like an overly salty (and I love salt) au jus ????

Paella a bit pricey for what it was ($15 at lunch)- the best of the lot, excellent flavor to the rice - but a portion so small it should have been listed as an appetizer. ONE small clam and ONE mussel, tasteless and awful chicken (so bad I spit it out - what is with their chicken?), and less than about 8 oz of rice. It did have some very nice pieces of baby octopus which to their credit were not overcooked!

The setting is nice - white tablecloths, less than attentive waiters given the waiter to guest ratio - no one ever checked if my meal was okay - had to flag down someone to refill water.

When I left I felt sorry I hadn't eaten at Hotaru across the street - better food, 1/4 the cost (but no tablecloths ;)

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    alina555 Mar 13, 2009 10:06 PM

    Had a similar experience for brunch - the dishes we had were flavorless and quite unmemorable. It's too bad because it's a nice space that has potential.

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      rednails Mar 13, 2009 11:30 PM

      It seems this place has gone downhill. I ate there a few years ago and the food was quite good. The service was very good to start but didn't end very well. Too bad.

      1. rworange Mar 14, 2009 05:17 AM

        Thanks for the warning

        50 East 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401

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