This past week John took me out to celebrate my birthday. Every year he tries to make my birthday special since it is so close to Christmas. I love him for that but I imagine it is hard. I mean there is no competition on whose birthday celebration is more important. However, I do love how John puts in a lot of effort on my behalf.
The SILO Terrace Oyster Bar in San Antonio, Texas, has been open for about five weeks. We have visited the Silo 1604 and Silo Alamo Heights, both of which have been excellent. I figured five weeks gave SILO Terrace plenty of time to work out their kinks. Only a few times being invited to opening nights have things gone to plan, so we always like to give restaurants time so that reviews can be fair. I’m so glad we waited. Not saying SILO Terrace’s grand opening was not spectacular, but by not attending we are able to comment, in an oyster shell, our special evening, which was pretty near perfect.
We were greeted at the door by a lovely woman and preceded to the hostess desk. This nice young woman took our name and pressed the button on the elevator. We were taken up to the next level and were brought to our table by another hostess. When John made the reservation, he told them we were celebrating my birthday. Every person from hostess to busboy wished me a Happy Birthday. Our server came quickly to our table to take our drink orders. He was very pleasant and friendly.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is very relaxing and cozy. It’s not a huge room, smaller than 1604 and Alamo Heights, but it’s comfortable and you don’t feel like you are boxed in by numerous tables. I loved the open kitchen where I could watch from my table the chefs and line cooks preparing the meals. The evening we visited, the terrace was open and we could see the flames of the outdoor heaters. Next time, I think we shall sit outside.
Our server came with our drinks and gave us the night’s specials. Since we knew what we wanted to start with, he took our small plate orders and left us to decide on our main entrée’s.
We order the Silo clam chowder. It was full of clams (with some still in their shell), potatoes, and herbs. It was good, but being from New England, I am snobby about my chowda. It was brothy and did not have the full taste of the clams, but more of the herbs and celery.
On the other hand, the signature chicken fried oysters were excellent. The coating was nice and crunchy with the oyster inside sweet and creamy. It came on top of spinach with the pleasant underlying taste of pork belly, apples and hollandaise. A very good dish.
I am going to preface my comment on the grilled oysters rockefeller by saying every chef has their version of rockefeller. I am a true diehard on classic rockefeller, but wanted to try their version. It was good, and if you like fennel, you would probably say it is great. For me, the strong taste of fennel overpowered the oyster.
The cioppino was spot on as the seafood from the mussels to the crab was perfectly cooked. Even the clams were cooked to perfection and not rubbery. The sauce had the perfect blend of spices and the heat did not overwhelm the taste of seafood. I couldn’t help myself as I kept dipping the charred bread into the delectable red sauce.
John’s lobster ravioli was also a hit and he was pleasantly surprised that the dish also contained a nice amount of poached lobster. The pasta was cooked perfectly and had just the right amount of sauce.
John definitely made my birthday special by taking me to SILO, not only for the food and atmosphere, but for the company as well.
I highly recommend Silo Terrace Oyster Bar. It is pricey, but every weeknight the restaurant offers a prix fix menu that while not large, won’t hurt your wallet. The food and service are excellent. The atmosphere is comfortable and not claustrophobic, with a nice view of the kitchen or the Dominion. Overall, if you want to have a special evening out or just want an excellent experience, Silo Terrace Oyster Bar in between San Antonio and Boerne is the place.