Why did we dine here? – Attic is a Asian fusion restaurant in downtown San Mateo with an emphasize on Philipino cuisine. Tim Luym (Poleng Lounge) is their consulting chef. He previously ran restaurants in San Francisco. This restaurant has been here for about two years, so we figured it was worth a try.
Insider Tip – Party like atmosphere, especially late at night.
Cuisine – Asian fusion
Location – Downtown San Mateo
Opened – 2010
Service – Attic had OK service, as the place was fairly empty. Service may become an issue when the restaurant is packed.
Verdict – Attic serves up pan Asian cuisine in a casual environment. Check it out if you like Asian food and a fun atmosphere. Strait Restaurant is the closest Asian fusion restaurant but does not serve Philipino items.
Signature Dishes – Adobo Wing Lollipops, Beef Salpicao, Shichimi Brussel Sprouts.
Attic’s Menu includes a wide variety of small starter dishes as well a wide ranging selection of large plates. Limited options for vegetarians.
Sweet Potato Fries with Banana Ketchup – sweet potato fries. house made spicy banana ketchup. ($5) Thin, crispy, just right.
Shichimi Brussel Sprouts – sautéed sprouts & brussel chips – bonito. Japanese red pepper – ($7) the added bonito flakes really went well with the thinly fried brussel chips.
Adobo Wing Lollipops – fried chicken wings. adobo glaze. (half order $9) were very good, with crispy skin, tender meat and a nice sauce.
Beef Salpicao – fillet Mignon. brown butter. garlic. crispy onions. Meyer lemon olive oil. ($14) was a solid meat course with tasty and plentiful beef and lots of onions.
Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps – grilled beef short ribs. kimchee. spinach. sesame bean sprouts. ($13) could have used more meat, but should satisfy most people.
Coconut Rice ($3) possessed mild coconut hints.
Calamansi Mint Refresher – muddled mint. calamansi syrup. squeeze of lime. soda. ($5)
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Long Life Garlic Noodles – fresh egg noodles. garlic. house special sauce. ($10) were sticky and a bit sweet.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Thai Mojito – muddled lemongrass and mint. rum. lemon juice. simple syrup. soda water. ($10) was filled with ice and lacked flavor.