Restaurants & Bars 10

San Antonio -- Silo

Nab | Jun 12, 200809:26 AM

Silo Elevated Cuisine. The name of this place made me a bit queasy, and I told my driver to go to Buns & Barrels across the street instead. She didn't listen to me.

A buddy of mine from SF was in town and I made a last-minute decision to zip down to SA from Austin to meet him up for dinner. Took him on the obligatory stroll along the riverwalk, slurped some oysters at a place whose name I don't think ever really registered with me. Pretty decent oysters though (Mattitucks, in particular), even if they were poorly shucked.

We then ended up at Silo (with two other companions), which we all thought was a bingo hall from the outside. But inside, they've clearly made the effort to slick this place up, and it is a fairly attractive space once you take the elevator upstairs to the dining room (enjoy the skyline view of the city, and Buns and Barrels).

They make a nice manhattan, and the wine list is nice and varied, something for everyone (including price-wise).

We had an app of calamari which everybody proclaimed "pre-frozen!" in unison. The sauce gave me a temporary bout of diabetes.

The "blue lump crabcake" I actually enjoyed. Sure, there's a goodly amount of filler and other stuff mixed in, but I can enjoy this style of crabcake too, and it was pretty tasty. I liked the addition of corn and roasted tomatoes (which saved me from salmonella!), and other little kibbles and bits.

I had the grilled duck breast topped with Hudson Valley foie gras in a foie gras port glaze with some wild rice, sauteed asparagus and some kind of salad. The duck was cooked perfectly med-rare as requested, but had an unpleasantly chewy texture as if it might have been freezer-burnt or something. Skin not rendered enough either. Two tiny pieces of foie, though for $31 I wasn't expecting a larger serving. Ironically, the little accompanying salad was excellent, and I have no idea what it was dressed with (I inhaled it), but it was a fairly savory and rich dressing (though dressed lightly) topped with blackberries. I tried a bite of the lamb sirloin special which was terribly dry and overcooked (though my diningmate may have ordered it that way, I don't recall). The other plates of salmon and seabass looked nice, I never did try them though.

I don't think I feel any urge to return to Silo. Next time I think I'll check out Buns and Barrels.

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