The recent discussion of places to eat on Broadway in Millbrae reminded me that I haven't been to Cafe Salena for over a year. I wasn't impressed w/ them before so today I brought some out of town folks here because the space was nicer than Broadway Bistro.
First of all, the food was good. I wouldn't make it a destination Chinese eats place but there were a few stand outs that made me want to return.
For people who are not worrying about their blood colesterol, this place does a very good blanched pork liver & kidney plate. The liver was not mealy and the kidney was void of that "kidney" smell. Lots of ginger and scallions and served w/some Chinese broccoli.
The Lo Bak Go (Daikon rice cake) has an ample amount of daikons in it and the rice cake was sufficiently light. Good snack food.
But we LOVED the dessert! Very few restaurants do a good Ginger & Milk pudding and from scratch! It was very smooth, gingery(needed a tat more ginger juice) and soul warming. We also had the double steamed milk(not sure of the exact English translation) It is basically a steamed custard made with milk and egg whites. While many dessert places serve this, Cafe Salena's was made from scratch and the texture was silken. We asked if they had it cold or hot. The waitress noted that we would have to wait 10 minutes for a hot one and the cold one was available right away. So be sure to order hot ones only because the cold ones are premade and would be just like any other one you get from the fast food dessert places. I want to come back to try their other sweets.
I don't think this place had gotten too much attention from this board and I think they're worth a try.