I don't fine dine as often as I used to, mainly because I'm saving it all up for all the eating, drinking and shopping that I will be doing in the UK and more importantly in France. After much deliberation we decided to venture to The Silver Spoon - in an area that is starting to have a string of good eateries, Victoria Park/East Victoria Park..
I have researched about the place the only way I know how - through fellow food bloggers and from what I have seen it looked to have been rather nice place to eat.
So bf and I headed into East Victoria Park - parking wasn't that hard to find luckily enough because it was at the quieter end of the Victoria Park strip. The restaurant is in the corner, near the weird kidney-shaped round-a-bout. It looked more like a casual bistro then a fine dining place. The waiters grabbed our coats which was nice and took us to our seat which was by the window - not that there were anything to look it. I don't know if it was the sterile street light, but the mood and ambience wasn't there for a romantic night out with your significant other.
Anyway, tables and chairs were arranged every way to try to fit in as many diners as possible in a small space. There was a bar on the left-hand side of the restaurant, a giant silver spoon sat at the back wall near the kitchen door, where occasionally you see glimpses of the chef preparing the food. Leading into the toilets you had to pass the kitchen area (which on the occasion that I went was left open - and not only that but the outside door opposite to the kitchen was also left open - and the toilets were obviously not cleaned as often as they could have been).
Alright enough about the interiors. The waiters were very nice and were very cautious of bf's allergies and were always double checking all the ingredients.
Silver Spoon also has a nice selection of wine and cocktails but as usual I picked myself a red, which complimented very nicely with my meal.
We started the night off with Charcuterie plate for two – ham hockboudin noir terrine, smoked mackerel pate, San Daniele prosciutto, tapenade, sourdough (bf choice "because it was on masterchef" all I can do is.. >_______<"")
We both agreed it wasn't the best and to an extent wished we ordered something else. But at least now we know Silver Spoon does not make good Charcuterie plate.
We had a main each.
Bf had the Assiette of beef fillet, glazed brisket, ragout croquette, artichoke puree & broad beans
It had a delicious sauce and the beef was tender, and cooked perfectly medium.
I went for the trio of lamb.
It was beautifully presented, although all the lamb presented three ways were cooked perfectly, the middle one was a little tough and the one on its rack was a little dry.
The biggest disppointment of the night has to come from the dessert. Firstly the one I wanted, the rose water panacotta with fairy floss was sold out because it was their most famous dessert (and as far as I am concerned if they knew it was their most famous dessert how can they not have enough???!!!!) and secondly what bf got as his dessert was massively disappointing!!
Bf ordered the yogurt cheesecake, orange & honey jelly, citrus & mint salad (only thing on the menu that did not contain nuts). The restaurant served up this thin slice of cheesecake (I wouldn't even call it a slice of cake!) - which by the way was not very nice! if anything I think it curdled, especially as the citrus juice was splashed everywhere on the plate! I'm pretty sure it's cooking 101 that citrus and yogurt = not a good combination!
The Silver Spoon, however managed to redeem itself, thanks to the Chocolate brownie, cookies & cream parfait, peanut brittle. The chocolate brownie was moist, it oozed out chocolate when it was cut and the parfait was fantastic (the brittle was hard and was really unnecessary!). And even bf had some (nuts free!) and loved it!
Overall, the Silver Spoon is trying and it's getting there. It just needs to really taste some of their dishes properly before serving it I think and really consider whether all the flavours actually go together. If it wasn't for the entertainment card, the place is a little overpriced for what you get and the service wasn't too bad, attentive and non-invasive.