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Posted by Lily on 08/03/2012
I'm actually very picky but was absolutely delighted with the food here! Definitely worth the price.
Posted by no on 08/15/2008
This was simply the best Chinese restaurant I have ever eaten at. Try the roast pidgeon.
Posted by Bob from Skokie on 01/04/2008
My wife and I took my 84 year old mother to try the fare at Silver Seafood on 12/30.07 at 11:30 AM. Both of the ladies saw the Check, Please program. There were only a few tables filled when we arrived, but by the time we left, the place was PACKED! My mom looked over the menu and decided that she was afraid to try anything and drank the tea. I ordered the steamed white bass, special fried rice (with an in credible brown gravy) and Chinese broccoli in oyster sauce. As the dishes came to the table, I asked my mom to try each one. Let's just say that she left with a very full stomach and said that this was one of the best meals that she's ever had!! The place was well-lit, clean and showed now hints of any of the "problems" that were noted in the review on 1/3/08. The servers did a good job keeping up with the very large crowd that came in while we were dining, but the food was well worth the wait. I can see how "timing" on a busy weekend can be an issue, but I am more than ready to go back there this weekend to try the heaping plate of prawns (shrimp) that were served to the Asian family that sat next to our table. Watching them eat the many plates that were served at their table gave me great ideas of what to order from the truly "authentic" menu of items that are available. Who knows, maybe I'll try the Pigeon one of these days? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!
Posted by PAM on 01/03/2008
We went to Silver Seafood after watching the review on Check, Please. No serious complaints on the food, but we found nothing exceptional. The prices are very reasonable, and made this a good value nonetheless. What was most disappointing was the overall condition of the restaurant (filthy bathrooms, walls in need of a serious paint job, a lobster/crab tank that was overrun with algae and foam). The staff was ill prepared for non-Asian speaking people, communicating was definitely a challenge. We overheard another couple ask "is our food ever going to arrive?", and our service was no better. I actually had to raise my voice considerably to get the attention of our server, as she walked by repeatedly, never acknowledging our presence. The food was certainly authentic, but the quail w/ bean sauce was nearly impossible to eat. The chef apparently took a cleaver to a bird, cutting it wherever he chose. We were picking thru bone fragments with each bite, a real pain. When I made reservations, I talked to two people, and the language problem first became apparent. They don't have their own parking lot, or full service bar, as I was told. Luckily, I didn't get towed and I settled on a glass of wine instead of a cocktail. No big deal, but just one more thing that was a bit disappointing. Otherwise, it was fine. I just didn't have the same experience as the Check, Please folks. And the hygiene is definitely a turn off for many, we avoided the crab and lobster after looking at the tank. Gross.
Posted by PaulW on 10/30/2007
Silver Seafood definitely holds its own against the Chinatown establishments, both in terms of value and quality. The seafood is treated with a light hand, and is consistently fresh. As others have pointed out, the steamed fish with ginger and scallions is very good. Salt and pepper smelts (or crab) are delicious, far more complex than their names suggest. The wonderfully aromatic pea shoots with garlic are a nice alternative to the more typical veg dishes. Crispy skinned chicken with spiced salt is flash fried at extremely high temperature so the end result is not at all greasy. This place is definitely worth checking out. The service is consistently efficient and courteous as long as you don't expect the busy waitstaff to be your pals. I agree with Danny D that the atmosphere is nothing special, but am quite certain that it's not only Asians who celebrate birthdays or other occasions at the weekends. Also, the staff probably DO mind two year-olds throwing rice on the floor but are most likely too polite to show it. Hopefully we won't learn from Mark's review to equate 'family friendly' with 'personal playground'.
Posted by Danny D on 10/10/2007
I have eaten at Silver Seafood twice now. Having grown up around asian culture, I am usually putt off by the "americanized" excuse for mediocre food served by most chinese restaurants. This restaurant excels in authenticity and execution. Silver Seafood is very authentic and the chef knows how to prepare his dishes well. The duck is excellent with perfectly crisped skin and tender meat. The fried squid is tender and very lightly battered. The seafood soup is the perfect mix of sour and spice. Try the deep fried crab claw. The most pleasant shock, is the affordability of this place. The only downside is the service and atmosphere. Because it is popular with the asian community, you may well be a side attraction to a birthday party or other celebration on the weekends etc. The waitresses are either indifferent or untrained. If you dont mind the atmosphere the place is well worth the food.
Posted by Jeff on 08/19/2007
I also lived in Hong Kong for a year, many years ago. There are very few restaurants in the country that actually remind me of Hong Kong. This one does. It's not high end, but it is very authentic, to the point that one dish (the bitter melon) was too Chinese for my taste. The salt and pepper smelts were great, the baby bok chow with shitake mushrooms were in a perfect brown sauce, even the vegetable fried rice my daughter wanted was exceptionally good. Shrimp with walnuts and vegetable chow fun were also excellent. We ordered a fish filet in scallions and ginger that came out deep fried, and the waitress replaced it at no charge with the same dish but steamed and spicy, which was also very good. We live in the suburbs, and are always looking for places to meet my city dwelling mother at the north end of the city. This was a good spot.