This restaurant feels genuine and friendly from the moment you walk in the door (although the maitre de sometimes looks a little gloomy). The service is lovely and (for an Indian restaurant) relatively brisk. The wine list is long enough, and intelligent. The food is generally very good, and the price is no more than you expect to pay in downtown San Mateo. They have a lunch buffet I haven't tried--both times I've been there for a late dinner.
If you want a cheese omelet, or a huge juicy burger, and don't mind the cheesy plastic atmosphere or the belly-ache you get from too pretty good french fries, this is the place. Cheap, fast, and just more or less what you were expecting. You can wear your crumpled Tshirt and feel perfectly at home while you chow down on old fashioned American diner food in a somewhat cavernous "family restaurant."
Come here with a full wallet, and you won't be disappointed. This place seems to cater to the wealthy Japanese businessman. There's a wide variety of really fancy sake, and the sushi cannot be beat. Sit at the bar and ask the sushi chef what he recommends, and you'll get a dinner you won't forget. Neither will your credit card company. But for those special occasions, and for people who love sushi with classy sake, you'll be well-satisfied.
The "tofu cheese cake" is light, citrusy, and much more expensive than you expected, but unusual and delicious and not to be had anywhere else.
Fabulous, fresh sushi in a busy, unpretentious (close to cafeteria-style) restaurant, where waiting in line in the street is part of the atmosphere. Only disappointment was the sake--if you like unfiltered sake, you'll get it in a screw-top bottle with a nasty aftertaste. But if you're going there for food, you'll be happy.
This is a characteristically unpretentious Thai restaurant with better-than-average Thai food, fast service, and reasonable price. We eat there several times a year.