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Chowhound Report - Zen Peninsula

katg | Dec 14, 2006 09:14 PM

So last week after asking for dim sum recs near San Bruno, I decided to try Zen Peninsula in Millbrae. I went yesterday solo and today for lunch, the BF and I decided to try it again. Here's a recap of all that I ate..

Vegetable dumplings: Despite the picture in the "menu" - the dumping wrapper is not bright green. I ordered this both days because I really liked it - and that's despite the fact that I don't like mushrooms. The BF said it was too strong of mushrooms but I couldn't taste it. I liked the texture of the soft mushrooms with the crunch of what I guess to be water chesnuts.

Roasted pork crepes: This was a plentiful dish but there wasn't a lot of pork found within the crepe.

Beef crepe: This was a lot better - much more meat so it tasted a lot better. This is definitely a very filling dish.

Shrimp crepe: I thought these were just okay. I wish the shrimp had been cut up to be distributed evenly through the crepe but it was a whole shrimp in one part of the crepe which made it uneven.

Pork Siu Mai: The BF ordered these because he thought they wouldn't have shrimp (he's allergic) but unfortunately they did. So lucky me, I got to eat all four pieces and they were tasty.

Rice in lotus leaves: I'm a big fan of this but was a little let down by the one prepared here. Although I got three, it was a lot smaller than I was used to. I'm also not a fan of the dried egg yolk they put inside.

Crab and pork dumplings: The BF thought these were too fishy - I thought they were okay but nothing spectacular.

Roasted pork puffs: These were sweet pork inside a pastry wrap with seasme seeds inside. I loved this a lot - it was warm and sweet but not overly sweet.

All in all, I liked this place. The inside of the restaurant is nice as are the waiters. The service was quick and they are fairly attentive. Although I say this based on two weekday meals when the place was fairly full but not necessarily busy - I'm guessing it's different on the weekends.

It's definitely nice to have a dim sum option that's close to work and I will definitely return!

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