Monday night the girls and I had dinner at Zilver. Almighty Princess bought Groupon vouchers or here for Peking Duck Feast for Four ($95). I had no expectations for the food, service and atmosphere because the deal was purchased online and seemed too good to be true.
On arrival we were all given a glass of Complimentary House Sparkling Wine. It was very tricky of them to serve us Tea and charge us ($2.50) per person even when we did not ask for it.
Then entree arrived, two bamboo steamers with four handmade vegetarian Mushroom Dumplings in each steamer. It was perfectly hot and chewy. Massive chunks of chopped mushrooms with a hint of soy sauce. Highly recommended for vegetarian lovers.
It was such a let down on service, one of the waiter was carrying our Chicken Dim Sims and bizarrely enough he managed to slip eight dim sims out of his hands. OH NO! My eyes were WIDE OPEN. I was HORRIFIED the dim sims were lying on the floor.
Soon after a waitress placed the two orders of dim sims across our table. The four of us were a little confused. Luckily another waiter knew it wasn’t for them as it only catered for four people and the other table had 12.
Helloooo the two fresh hot Peking Ducks arrived roasted looking all shiny, crispy and lip-smacking. Looked so APPETIZING! I picture myself drooling at this point
It was very generous in the coupon to offer more than the usual pancakes. For four people 16 constructed Peking Duck Pancakes were ready for us girls to devour. That’s 4 pancakes per person!
Usually beforehand I have a habit of removing raw spring onion because it overpowers the entire pancake. Please tell me I am not the only one?
The pancake was a bit too rough and floury in my opinion, however the other three ladies loved it. Traditional hoi sin sauce was offered to our table. It was plenty enough for me to slab a few more tablespoons onto each pancake because I love the sweet and savoury flavour. The balance of flavour is just exquisite with the juicy crispy duck tucked in between the pancake and the sauce, scrumptious.
The classic presentation of the duck was marinated to perfection. You can actually see the oven baked golden brown crispy skin. It was extremely crisp. It felt like I was popping chips in my mouth.
The Duck Meat Sang Choy Bow got messy from time to time but we quite enjoyed overstuffing seasoned chopped duck meat in our lettuce. You see they only served one lettuce per person. A very meaty delightful dish. Sadly I wasn’t fast enough to take a photo of the fresh lettuce wrapped with yummy duck meat.
Deliciousness on the Duck Sliced into Succulent Cuts (The rest of the duck) arrived looking so beautiful on a plate. It was good to see a lot of tasty skin attached to the meat. You know what that means? Teehee. Being the greedy one I had to grab the first few pieces first.
Thumbs up for the Chinese Style Fried Rice with Egg and Vegetables. This was amazingly good! Although lacked presentation, but was darn tasty. Surprised myself how I can eat fried rice without any meat.
Overwhelmed we were unable to finish the fried rice, sliced duck and duck meat from sang choy bow. I suggested we should take a doggy bag to take home with us but the girls knew it would be me who would appreciate the duck more than any of them.
By the end of our set meal Sweet Dessert Soup was served to our table. Very smooth sweet potato soup.
It’s difficult to rate Zilver because the food especially the duck was outstanding as the service is appalling. In my opinion hospitality is vital so I think they should brush up with their service. Overall give Peking Duck a try.