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ALL SPICE in San Mateo; what should I order?

shark37 Jul 11, 2013 05:32 PM

Going tonight; what are your faves?

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    goldangl95 Jul 12, 2013 09:55 AM

    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.

    1. Melanie Wong Jul 15, 2013 01:37 PM

      How'd you like it?

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        shark37 Jul 15, 2013 02:26 PM

        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.

        1. re: shark37
          Melanie Wong Jul 15, 2013 02:39 PM

          Thanks for sharing. I've meant to give it a try but haven't made it yet. I've been in that venue when it was a bbq place, and yes, if no walls were knocked out in the refit, I could see that it would feel a little close.


          1. re: shark37
            goldangl95 Jul 15, 2013 04:41 PM

            The atmosphere reminded me of attending a dinner party in a friend's elegant but small home. I liked the coziness of it, but I could also sympathize with finding it cramped.

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