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Cafe Silan in Menlo Park: New menu, better food

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Cafe Silan in Menlo Park: New menu, better food

Josh Fredericks | Mar 19, 2004 01:17 PM

I've gone to Cafe Silan (Kurdish food on Santa Cruz Ave in Meno Park) several times, and the food was always good, but nothing spectacular. About a month ago that changed- they came out with a different menu and have a different set of people working there. The good news is the food is a lot better, and the prices have dropped.

Last night the grilled whole tilapia with olive oil and lemon was amazing ($9.95, a special- but I don't think the specials change). A good sized fish was prefectly grilled and spiced, served with couscous and salad, and melted butter. I'm not sure how authentically Kurdish this is, but it was better then the $30 grilled whole fish at Evvia in Palo Alto.

I've also liked the chicken kabob served over salad ($6) and the loraq ($4)- a feta chese pastry/dumpling thing fried and served with horseradish sauce and a sweet/sour sauce. Odd, but addictive.

The waiter gave us some excellent free baklava for desert. I'm not sure if this is the norm, or if he recognized us from a previous visit.

Highly recommended, especially at this price point.

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