Last night it was time to take the STYLEAID Committee out for dinner to thank them for all of their hard work over the past year in getting STYLEAID over the line and making it another memorable night and raising funds for the work of the WA AIDS Council.
Having Crown Perth as one of the major sponsors and as a community partner I wanted to support them and enquired about hosting the dinner at SILKS restaurant as I knew that in my experiences their for Dim Sum that the food was just amazing and the service was attentive without being over bearing.
It was also a great chance to experience other aspects of the menu and to taste some of their other famous dishes, besides the dim sum of course and I was not disappointed. They put together a special menu for me and my guests, provided a private dining room and our own waiter for the night which all added up to an extra special evening for all of us!
The meal started with the SILKS signature Dim Sum and it was simply perfection. Three of their special dishes served together in the inimitable SILKS style. One was lobster, one was prawn and the other was pork and each one had complex flavours and were stand alone items that left us all excited about what would come next!
It was now time for the baked crab shell with Portuguese sauce which was heavenly! From the delicate blending of flavours to the slight spicy after taste that crept up on you once you had enjoyed the first mouthful this was a real taste sensation. It was served simply and impressively on one of the gorgeous gold rimmed plates and it certainly made an impact on everyone.
After the crab we all sat back and enjoyed a break before the arrival of a staple of any good Chinese meal – sweet corn soup with minced chicken which straight away evoked memories for each of us from various parts of our lives and had us all regaling when we first experienced the soup. It was beautifully balanced, hot and a real delight! It was at this stage that we went against the menu and requested some prawn crackers – I know, did they even have them at SILKS – why yes of course they did and even the prawn crackers were on a different level to the ones from other Chinese restaurants…
Another break and the main courses arrived for us to share and enjoy and again here we were not disappointed at all! First came the sautéed garlic prawns which were succulent, huge and so tasty that we all could not get enough and we were all served a bowl of Silks’ Signature Fried Rice with Scallops, Prawn, Roast Duck and Vegetable in XO Sauce which was the perfect accompaniment for the prawns and the other dishes that followed.
DRY AGED Grain Fed Black Angus Striploin with Black Pepper Sauce enchanted us all and was cooked to perfection. The Peking Pork Loin was simply irresistible and a true delight on the tastebuds and then the Buddha’s Delight Sautéed Assorted Vegetables with Mushrooms were perfectly cooked, presented and filled with a fusion of fabulous vegetables and the mushrooms were simply delightful.
Each of these main courses were a real delight in their own way and each complimented to other. Sometimes when a number of dishes come to the table close together the flavours mix and merge and you do not really get the full taste of what is on offer. This was not the case here as they all arrived with sufficient breaks that you just finished one and the next arrived…each one as good as the previous one.
A longer break followed that allowed for much laughter and story sharing about so many different things that before we knew it the final course arrived – Sesame Pudding which consisted of a coconut gel, black sesame mousse, coconut crunch, and topped with a caramelised banana ice cream. Now I was a little hesitant about this dish as I was unsure about how the black sesame mousse would translate into a sweet dessert but I needn’t have worried the complexity of the flavours all mixed together to create a taste sensation! From the very first taste until the final mouthful this was simply divine. The coconut gel was soft, marshmallow like and added a lightness to the dish and the caramelised banana ice cream was the most delightful taste to top the dessert with.
This was then followed by a tangerine jelly square as an end of meal palate cleanser which was the perfect final dish for a truly memorable meal. If you have been a reader of my posts you will know I love Dim Sum at SILKS and I am now a fan of the other dining options here. This truly is the best Chinese restaurant in Perth!
Signature Dim Sum
Baked Crab Shell with Portuguese Sauce
Sweet Corn Soup with Minced Chicken
DRY AGED Grain Fed Black Angus Striploin with Black Pepper Sauce
Sautéed Garlic Prawn
Peking Pork Loin
Buddha’s Delight Sautéed Assorted Vegetables with Mushrooms
Silks’ Signature Fried Rice with Scallops, Prawn, Roast Duck and Vegetable in XO Sauce
Coconut gel, Black Sesame Mousse, Coconut
Crunch, Caramelised Banana Ice Cream
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