All Spice – San Mateo
All Spice – San Mateo

All Spice – San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.allspicerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6506274303x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Friday: 5:30 - 9:30
    Saturday: 5:00 - 9:30
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary Indian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Sachin Chopra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Have your private party in our sumptuous, charming 1906 Victorian. You may rent the whole restaurant out for brunch or lunch events, or you may reserve one of our three intimate dining rooms for a dinner party. Chef’s tasting menus are available.
  • Private Party Contact: Shoshana Wolff 6506274303x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Borel Ave.
  • Public Transit: Caltrain: Hayward Park
    SamTrans: Route 390 (El Camino Real and 17th Ave.), also Routes 53, 55 and 58 (Borel at Edinburgh)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking is available in the restaurant's lot and on nearby streets.
A word from All Spice – San Mateo

San Mateo’s most exciting restaurant is All Spice, an eclectic, contemporary eatery from Executive Chef Sachin Chopra. Chef Chopra expertly blends the freshness of Californian ingredients with Indian spices to create an entirely new style of cuisine, at once light, familiar and warmly exotic. All Spice is proud to have been awarded a Michelin star, a distinction reserved for cuisine of the very best quality and consistency.

The restaurant is housed in a converted Victorian with beautiful hardwood floors, a fireplace and a variety of architectural details. Each of three intimate dining rooms is decorated in bold, shimmering hues accented with gold. Thirty seats are scattered throughout. Professional service and a thoughtful, moderately priced wine list complement Chopra's dishes.

To book reservations for parties of 5 or more, please call the restaurant directly.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
All Spice – San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
85 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (59)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (46)notable wine list (16)hot spot (5)good for groups (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • BOLD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This place is unique. The food is thoughtfully composed and imaginative. Portions are generous. Staff is considerate and attentive. Colorful environment in a converted house. Bold chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden, tasty find
    BayAreaTraveler
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Come for creative, very delicious food without any pretension or hype. Don't wait three months for the latest hot spot in the city - come delight your palate this week. You'll be pleased as you dine in this Victorian building; so, the dining room is divided into smaller mini-rooms. You'll have a cozy dinner with just a few other tables.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful hidden gem
    GrillguyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Very interesting menu. Wagyu beef was wonderful and so was the sea bass. What really made both dishes was the sauce and how they brought out the best of both entrees and just worked well. You must also try snow globe for dessert. Very creative and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • juneVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Excellent dining - food, ambience, and service, Easy parking
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mdubssfVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    disappointed in the food; we visited all spice a year or so ago and loved it. It has really declined since then.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You need to go here...
    Rossboss
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This place exceeded my expectations - it's haute cuisine in a part of San Mateo you don't expect, a victorian home set back from the street amidst strip malls and the busy stretch of El Camino between 92 and downtown. The food is world class, the indian flavors are familiar but this is not indian food - artfully giving us a blend with local, California grown produce and butchery. If there's anything at all to point out, it's that they need to step up the wine list - it's small and uninteresting. The place is very classy - with 231 Ellsworth now closed, is this now the finest dining for San Mateo?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cute, cozy spot in San Mateo
    Cheri
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    A unique dining spot, tucked away off El Camino in San Mateo, that serves a "New American exotic" menu inspired by French and Californian cuisine. Try a carafe of their own wine, and don't skip dessert. Excellent service in an intimate and cozy ambience in a small house. I'll be returning, again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional
    smarp
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Indian fusion like you've never had it before. Really wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • swnonna
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at All Spice. The staff was attentive, the food was outstanding. The four of us ordered differant entrees and sampled each of them. We each were pleased with our choices. I could have made a meal with the wonderful appetizers and delicious desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still the best
    Hybrid
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    All Spice continues to be my wife and I's go-to spot and why not? They never disappoint while keeping it fresh & interesting. As always, everything was tasty, but the dish that stood out this time was the dessert...a flan-like custard with a piece of peanut-bacon-brittle laid atop. Words alone cannot describe its mouthgasmic deliciousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic!
    DrSnaX
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Will return for sure. Fantastic food, cozy ambiance and very strong service. A fine experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cant wait to return
    MichVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and son went to All Spice last Sat. We are all foodies and love trying new restaurants. This has been on our list and Im so happy we went. Everything we ordered was amazing. We had 4 appetizers. Salmon, octopus, pork belly and scallops. Loved them all. I had the sea bass which was incredible. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves a fun and fabulous dinner experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Indian
    OhIwillhavethat
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We frequently dine at All Spice because of it's unique setting, a restored victorian age house, and it's outstanding and interesting Indian fare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LouisianaDeux
    LouisianaDeux
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Another wonderful experience..and will return again and again with family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quaint ambiance, superb food
    jar2
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Upon arrival at All Spice for our mommy-daughter date, my mom & I were greeted by a hostess who opened the front door with a smile & a "welcome." We were ushered to a window table & offered menus. Even though my mom does not eat red meat & most seafood, there were plenty of tasty-looking options for her to choose from. As for me, who eats almost everything, I had trouble choosing. Eventually, my mom selected the makhani vegetable pot pie, & I, after consulting with our phenomenal server, Johnny, chose the veal cheeks. We also ordered the Ma Mere Indian bread fritter. With every bite we each fell into a state of euphoria. The food was outstanding, & the service matched! Reservations must be made in advance, though the wait is well worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sanmateojoe
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    We loved the unusual salad special (endive-based with blue cheese, nectarines, several distinct sauces, etc.) and especially the appetizer, a chaat with various beans and goat cheese, unlike anything we'd had before; the salted rosemary crème caramel and dark chocolate kulfi for dessert were also outstanding. Our entrees, the lamb loin and seabass, while reasonably tasty, were much less distinctive and thus a touch disappointing in the context of the wonderful starters and desserts. One of the better restaurants in town.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    sendokgarpu
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was great. Nice ambiance. Very romantic. Really good place for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    bruceVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food was inventive and excellent even when there was a kitchen mishap and one entree was not ordered, they went out of their way to remedy the situation- above and beyond. This indicates a well run restaurant which treats the customers well. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well Deserved Michelin Star
    ReviewerVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    One of the best Michelin rated restaurants we've been to in a while, although more contemporary American fusion than Indian. Food was absolutely delicious, with one Indian entree on the menu (gosht aka "curry") and one appetizer with Indian inspired spices. Consistent excellence from dish to dish. The restaurant is located in an old house, left standing alone in an parking lot after 100 years of development. It's quaint and the perfect setting. This is what Michelin is all about. Blew away Atelier Crenn, La Folie, Aziza, Gary Danko, Boulevard, SPQR, Spruce, and even State Bird (close), although I like those restaurants. I'm VERY picky about food, and I could eat here again, and again, and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • family friendly fun place
    NYSFConn
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very professional staff as we were seated right away and no wait, staff very open to questions (as MIchelin rated)--wait staff is unmatched. Family friendly (no ostentatious looks)=neighbouring table had stroller and "3 kids"= very tolerable and not at all looked down upon by staff. Food excellent--best described as "Indian/French (mostly)/American fusion with incredible French sauces-definitely classically trained chef (i.e. New York, Paris, etc.) Definitely check this hidden gem out! BTW Book way ahead-very intimate place, seats fill quickly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will keep coming back for more
    ztluhcs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I've been to All Spice three times now, and I have to say it really is one of my favorite restaurants. Every time is memorable in its own way: each dish is spectacular and despite the Michelin star, the prices have remained reasonable relative to the high quality of each dish. I have no doubt that this is one of, if not the, best restaurants in San Mateo county.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2pickyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We invited another couple who had not been before. Food is so different and delicious and the atmosphere quite special. Don't rush your meal and enjoy the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and service
    JFRuschVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was great -the special appetizer was excellent. The scallops were unique and flavorful. Great wine choices. All with attentive service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creativity Yields a Delicious Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    After hearing many good things about All Spice, we were lucky enough to try this creative, delicious restaurant. The atmosphere is warm and inviting--perfect for a romantic meal or special occasion. It is hard to choose from the tantalizing and intriguing menu selections. I enjoyed a scrumptious day boat scallop appetizer and my husband enjoyed a generous octopus salad. Both were plated beautifully and were very good. For our entrees, I had spring lamb two ways and my husband chose a unique wild boar dish. These entrees were exceptional. We enjoyed every bite. We were too full for dessert, but look forward to trying some in our next visit. Service was also very good, adding to an overall wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spin to indian fusion
    RohitKoolK
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    All Spice is a neighborhood gem - a cosy little restaurant; While I am typically skeptical about American-version of Indian fusion cuisine, I think All Spice chef has probably struck the right balance. Serving portions aren't too big, but very yummy - request more spicy, as it may turn out too bland for an indian palate (somewhat an oxymoron to the name of this place :-)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The restraunt is very noisy and the food was just okay. We had no food choice where we said "Wow this is awesome". I was surprised they were awarded a Michelin star.....it makes no sense.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Delights for the palate
    TrekkerVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Met friends here; we had gazpacho (boring) & scallops (good) for appetizers, the wagyu beef (good), wild boar curry (boring), duck breast (ok), and sea bass (ok), the dark chocolate kulfi (ok) and the snow globe sundae (good). Generally speaking the food was good, with delightfully intricate side bits, as expected for a Michelin 1 star, but nothing really seized the spotlight. Not the food, not the decor, and definitely not the ambiance (tables were crowded together) or service (quite casual, and then we got the bum's rush from the table after 2.5 hours). Prices were a bit lower than 1 star places in NYC ($65/person rather than about $80, no alcohol), but San Mateo rent v. Manhattan? I'd need to forget about the service before I'd return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cozy and exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    this was our 3rd visit and we brought friends. i love that the food is presented so lovely...exceptional are the flavor combinations. and even in the cozy 3 rooms, each table feels like its own private party. service is warm and friendly - notable and informed. we had a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oldies music & Michelin star?
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I was expecting much more from a Michelin starred restaurant. Food was just okay, nothing was memorable. Service was hit and miss. I can't say that I would return. The oddest thing was listening to "Oldies" music piped in through the speakers...?
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  • no where close to a michelin star
    indopaly
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Really poor food, poor service, only beer and wine... This restaurant doesn't come close to the michelin standard. And michelin star aside, it was a very poor experience. Will never go there again, and will tell my friends to avoid it. (There was also a basting brush bristle in our food - but that was fluke, and I am not basing my review on that.)
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  • OpentableDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The "Ode to My Wife" appetizer and the Vegetable pot pie are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Classy-Very Unique-Very Good
    NiffersVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Quite a nice surprise of flavors. Unique changing menu and helpful staff to help you through. The soups are amazing. Ode to my Wife Appetizer is a must. Dessert is a must. Give this a try! Fabulous!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spice and charm in San Mateo
    MtkGardener
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Hard to believe that this warm and welcoming little house is right off El Camino. It is an intimate little gem. Lots of exotic flavors and ingredients and crazy garnishes - like ice plant! Not the place for those who want good ingredients simply prepared, but great fun for everyone else. There is a lot going on here, but the flavors are well-balanced. Bonus - fantastic home-made red wine blend that pairs perfectly with the spices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing !!
    PlantGeek
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    From the amuse buche to the dessert, a stellar dining adventure. Fabulous food, packed with great flavor combos. Lovely ambiance & attentive service. A fabulous special occasion restaurant. Thanks, we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find
    Millbraefoodie
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    This place deserves its high Zagat rating we loved everything we had, and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 564 reviews are from the All Spice – San Mateo reviews archive.
  • Food is fantastic!
    foodie
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Every dish that my husband and I had was delicious.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME
    Angie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I wish we could eat here more often. Michelin Star and the price is right. This place is one of The Best places in the Bay Area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's a gem!
    Goddesses
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    All Spice provided our party of 4with a superb experience. The food was delightful-we each had a truly delicious, gourmet meal. The service was impeccable and the wait staff was very knowledgeable. We were there for well over 2 hours and never felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth a vist
    sabman
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    A nice little restaurant with a beautiful decor that is perfect for a quiet dinner. The quality of the food is excellent. I loved the lassi and the wild boar. The octopus us was very good too. I didn't enjoy the sea bass as much but I suppose it is an acquired taste. Overall I would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    SMDiner
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Everything about our dinner here was excellent. The service was attentive and the menu inventive. The food, both in presentation and taste was a delight.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet