Hi Sir Boagman. Rather than post onto your eulogy for Peng Lai (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7881...), ), I'll start a new topic for the people who took over P.L.'s space-- Silver Spoon (NW corner of Rochester and Tienken).
I’m getting lazy these days, about doing my share of the reports. Forgive me for just posting a quick set of impressions regarding Silver Spoon—
Worthwhile addition to Rochester area. This place will bruise the evil empire of (the overrated) Andiamo’s, so that’s a good thing.
Silver Spoon is located in an upscale suburban strip mall under a 2nd floor gym, so if you like to view young 20-something guys with rich fathers/grandfathers exiting past your restaurant window, smugly “high five-ing” their workout partners and getting into their tricked-out new model SUVs, then you will love the locale.
The food seemed like the food I had at okay places in Italy…places which the locals considered to be significantly flawed and which they debated whether the place would make it for the long haul. I actually mean this to be a compliment, and if you’ve travelled around Italy, you know what I’m talking about. At least S.S. gets to be debated over.
The veal was colorless, but quite nice and tender. It starts at $18 (no salad, etc.) and increases in price $2-$7, depending on the sauce chosen. This pricing is a bit unique. I’m cheap, so I chose the cheapest sauce: Piccata. This was a bad choice. It was like pure lemon juice, with a little water to cut it. Next time, and there will be a next time, I’ll choose a more expensive sauce.
My wife had wide homemade noodles with flecks of prosciutto(?), tiny meatballs, peas, diced tomatoes, etc.. This was nice, and we’ll get it, or a variant, again.
The clear disappointment of the night was the mushroom risotto. My kid was spaghetti’d-out from the week, and there is no kid’s menu at S.S.. So, my wife suggested this “rice” dish. I like to keep the wife happy, even if I think my kid should already be happy for whatever I put in front of him. Where I’m going with this, is that the mushroom risotto costs $24, with NO accompaniments.
Yes, ouch. I figured, “Well, it must be mind blowing, and my kid will leave me half.” My kid did leave me half (not to say that’s a significant quantity), but the dish seemed wholly unremarkable. Admittedly, I may be missing something here, but this mushroom risotto wouldn’t have surprised me if it had been served me in Papa Vino’s for $12.50. Let me repeat, I may very well not be educated enough to appreciate the subtleties which Silver Spoon’s risotto offers. You be the judge. (I guess this dish got me rambling more than I had planned to do.)
Given that the dishes come with no accompaniments, I also ordered a small bowl of shrimp bisque ($6). It was nice. Check it out if you live anywhere near this region of the Metro Area. Scr*w Andiamo’s.
6830 N Rochester Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306