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Brunch review: Zibibbo (PA) and Silver Lake dim sum (Sunnyvale)

hms | Jun 20, 200406:42 PM

Visited a couple places this weekend for brunch, Zibibbo (Kipling St. in Palo Alto) and Silver Lake Seafood Restaurant for dim sum (E. Homestead Rd. in Sunnyvale).

Zibibbo: my friend had their wood-fired breakfast pizza and I had lemon ricotta pancakes accompanied by eggs and bacon from the wood-fired oven. The pizza was huge and very good, with eggs and bacon atop it. My two small pancakes were ok, but I make better ones, and one of them wasn't cooked in the center. The eggs/bacon were perfect. The best thing we had, however, was from a miscommunication: I'd asked if I could get some of the lemon curd that accompanies their beignets on the side, to go with my lemon ricotta pancakes, and instead the waiter brought a couple beignets together with the lemon curd. I'd had the beignets before, and it was a hard decision to try something new, they were so good; these were excellent as always, and I'll probably always get them from now on, especially when accompanied by such heavenly lemon curd. Total for all three dishes and my friend's iced tea came to $24 + tax/tip.

I had high hopes for dim sum at Silver Lake, based on what I've heard, but was disappointed. The chive/shrimp pan-fried dumplings weren't bad, but the skins were too thick and they could have had more shrimp. The spinach/shrimp dumplings were the weakest item, with extra thick gelatinous wrappers. The best thing I had was a special plate of clams in black bean sauce. Total including tea was $11.70. To date, the best dim sum I've had in the area is Harbor Village, followed by Ton Kiang, and at the low end, Lee Hou on Clement St. Was disappointed with Fook Yuen in Millbrae--perhaps an off day, but I didn't think quality-wise it was much better than some of the low end places, although clearly more variety. Will have to try Koi Palace and other favorites people have mentioned.

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