ALL SPICE in San Mateo; what should I order?
Sorry I missed this earlier - but for future reference. I really liked the atmosphere at All Spice and the food was thoroughly enjoyable - esp. for the area. If I were to nitpick though:
I liked their starters/small courses more than their mains - so I would order a lot of those. The stew was good but not rather innovative (e.g. the type of curry you could find at a place 1/2 the price), and the more western dishes didn't rise to the same level as Frances etc. in the city.
re: Melanie Wong
It was very good, but not incredible. I had the scallop starter and they were cooked beautifully but I thought the dish was way too salty. My main was the wild boar gosht, which was very good.
I found the room to be kind of claustrophobic and the wait staff were attentive but they seemed stressed out.
My companion would definitely go back but I'm not sure I would.