So, last weekend my girlfriend and I decided to go up to Silver Seafood to try it, having heard so much about it here.
I assembled the collective wisdom of the board (see I can plan ahead sometimes. :) ) and we were ready...
Parking in the lot just north (very useful to know that there is free parking!) we walked in and got a table for two in the middle of the very large space.
Our waitress brought us two different menus, the smaller one of americanized specials (which we basically ignored) and the larger more chinese menu (also translated into vietnemese). We ordered from this, having been told at the start of our meal that "there are no other specials..." more on that in a bit (also that "the whole menu is special" in reference to the Chinese menu).
To start we ordered the Spicy/Salty Cuttlefish appetizer and two "bobo" drinks (Coconut for me, Lychee/Mango for my gf).
Asking many questions, we decided on the Shrimp with Sweet Walnuts, the softshelled crab, and the hollow vegetables with garlic. Our waitress approved of our choices, said they were very good, and "how did you know about them?")
We enjoyed the entrees, the shrimp were indeed almost dessert levels of sweetness, especially the extremely good candied walnuts and the soft shelled crab was quite tasty, if a bit similar to the cuttlefish, and the greens were a huge and flavorful portion.
We could not finished so had many leftovers, but as we chatted with our waitress we learned about the specials for a future trip back.
In the winter, they serve a dish a Lamb (perhaps Goat) cooked at the table over a flame and served with spinich that is added to the hotpot, looks quite interesting and is about $13. Also there is a special which was displayed on a foldup card on each table - we think it was a coconut with birdsnest inside, $16 not sure of the translation.
Having learned about these two by way of asking "what is that on that table", we then learned about a number of other specials, the one that I plan on trying next time is "Duck Toungue in XO sauce" - apparently very small toungues from duck served in something like an oyster sauce. She also highly recommended the Conch slice among other dishes on the menu. For the Duck her recommendation was the duck with Taro (spelled tarot on the menu), though she also said that the Peking Duck was good and served as two dishes).
As we sat for a while talking and relaxing, she brought us a cup of chinese style dessert, a hot taro in sweet broth dish, very nice and calming after our large meal.
I have read elsewhere some complaints about the service and/or their English skills, but while our waitress's English was not fully fluent, she was very friendly, very helpful, and quite willing to suggest dishes from the Chinese menu once she realized we really were interested in them.
We plan on many return trips later this year and next, definitely a very fun and enjoyable place, and one that is great for large groups.