San Mateo is famous with changing restaurants every year or two, probably because of the high rent? Anyway, we tried the newly open TLT BBQ in San Mateo (TLT BBQ has another branch in East Bay, Newark). They serve Chinese style skewers and actually tasted pretty good. The charcoal/burnt smell of a-choy (Vegetable A) and chickenmeat skewers are some of the things you should try. You might compare this with the other yakitori style place in San Mateo (Yakitori Kokko); they certainly have different styles and this place has better value in terms of goodness per dollar. We spent about $11.50 per person, including tax and tips and we were pretty full. Another thing, it might be better if you come with someone that can speak Chinese because it’s easier to communicate.