Wanted to post this before I forgot. You may have read in the Detroit newspapers recently that a new place opened in Rochester's Papa Joe's complex, Silver Spoon. With the former executive chef from I Posto in Southfield running the show in the kitchen, their emphasis is on quality Italian fare. I actually stopped in to check out the menu this week since I'd just heard about their opening (my gym is the Fitness 19 in the same complex).
To those of you who were thinking that you'd "get around" to trying Peng Lai: no, you won't. Silver Spoon occupies the same space in the complex that Peng Lai used to be in. I'm actually disappointed about this a decent bit: I went to Peng Lai two or three times, and liked it each time. It's astounding to me that they not only closed, but were remodeled and reopened so quickly, with nary a mention about the ex-post-facto-esque nature of Peng Lai. While I didn't check it out as closely, the Japanese place in the same area looked like it might have closed down as well. I'll know more next week.
nyway, while that's too bad, Silver Spoon's menu seems promising, even if it is a bit on the pricey side for after-the-gym food (I go out for dinner every other week with my workout buddy). To be fair, it's most certainly not going after the casual crowd, but in reading the menu, a whole lot of it sure sounded quite tasty. As well, they make their own pasta in-house, and considering that Il Posto had a pretty solid rep for Italian fare, I'm going to at least assume that they know what they're doing in the kitchen. Not sure that it's going to be Giovanni's-type good, but it might be worth a try.
So, no: no more Peng Lai, but now it's Silver Spoon. Same layout (and yes: they still have the outdoor seating on the patio), with a decidedly brighter color scheme inside, and a pretty good-sounding menu.
When I can give it a good, solid chance, I'll let you know what I think. My initial impression was favorable, though: the hostess was inviting, they welcomed questions about any and everything, and the place looked a lot nicer with the brighter interior. The menu items themselves sound promising, if a bit on the pricey side.
I'll see if I can sneak in a preview in the next couple weeks or so.
6830 N Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306