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Zen Peninsula, Millbrae?

Melanie Wong | Jul 29, 200412:51 AM

In the post below, Margret asked about the new restaurant, Zen Peninsula, in Millbrae. Thought I'd start a new thread to see if anyone has tried it yet.

I noticed it Monday after the HK Flower Lounge lunch. The parking lot was filled with big Benzes and Lexi (Lexuses?), which gave it an especially Hong Kong look. The parking lot is too small. It's easy to park on the street, but you'll have an uphill hike to get to the entrance.

I stopped there again today with my friend Julie who's looking for a spot for a big family reunion dinner. We ended up not staying for lunch (it was dim sum time), since it wasn't the right venue for her needs.

Zen Peninsula opened June 5. It's a branch of Zen in Hong Kong (Central). When I tried it 10 years ago, Zen in HK was a western-leaning place (e.g., they use cheese in dishes) and had a hipper environment to appeal to the younger generation. Not my favorite in HK but I'll be trying the local branch.

The room seats 320. There's a full bar, and the live seafood tanks have been incorporated into the decor. Servers were circulating with trays of dim sum at lunch time. A big ad in Sing Tao Daily was posted on the wall.

Comments from chowhounders?

Zen Peninsula
(adjoining El Rancho)
1180 El Camino



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