What started as a fun twist on its unique original location on Austin Highway above the old Farm to Market (now Nosh), Silo Elevated Cuisine’s name is little more than a contrivance with regard to its second story digs on the outskirts of Stone Oak. This is only a minor mental annoyance. Unfortunately, being cute also comes with a real, albeit small, physical inconvenience – the elevator to the dining room is toe-tapping slow.
Once you have risen above, both to the second floor and your impatience, you enter a dining room that, despite residing in a generic shopping center, is smart, upscale and modern, clean and crisp. Perhaps it does feel a bit sanitized and detached, in keeping with its suburban surroundings, and in relative contrast to the warm, inviting, familiar atmosphere of its Alamo Heights digs. One could make that argument. But, for me, Alamo Heights is too far removed in distance to justify the extra mileage for a small degree of added atmosphere. Besides, sometimes going somewhere chic (very true of Silo 1604 at dinner), warranting this busy self-employed mother of a four-year old to dress up and wear sassy shoes, is a fantastically welcome thing. http://www.siloelevatedcuisine.com/
On this occasion, our party of five dined at Silo for lunch in celebration of jobs well done. Our group always goes to Silo for this semi-annual event to thank those who work hard and at such a consistently high level. Apropos? Certainly. And on this occasion especially, since, like this amazing group of women, the food was impeccable with evident, but elegantly veiled, effort…skill appearing easy. The service also seemed effortless, with a comfortable balance of banter and quiet, attention and restraint.
Three of the five in our group ordered the Grilled Miso Glazed Salmon with Cilantro Texmati Brown Rice and Julienne Vegetables. Unanimously, they enjoyed the dish immensely, one raving that it was perhaps the best salmon dish she had ever eaten; and after a small pause, another saying that could quite possibly be true for her as well. Since I only had one bite of this delicious dish I cannot go to such heights. However, I can say that the salmon, for which our outstanding server kindly recommended a medium rare preparation, was cooked perfectly. It was moist and flaky. The miso glaze was a wonderful salty, sweet calming complement to typically strong salmon. The miso enhanced the taste of the salmon, lifting the flavor even, by grounding it and taking the edge off. The vegetables were colorful and firm, the rice fluffy and flavorful.
Another in our group ordered the Oak Grilled Beef Tenderloin with “Loaded” Whipped Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus with a Whole Grain Mustard Hollandaise. Sounded amazing, looked even more so. Her silent focused eating and happy dreamy face, indicated she was so relishing her meal (like this was the last before weeks of soup and pudding) that I dared not interrupt.
My only complaint about this dish is that in some ways it lacked cohesion, particularly with regard to the spinach. While the spinach was done well with great garlic, it seemed like an afterthought – just plopped on the side. The pasta was also very tasty, but it was another soft element and in my opinion the dish would have been better served with something crisp, perhaps a slightly chilled slaw. Despite this, I would order this dish again in a heartbeat. The crab cake was so delicious and really…isn’t that the reason for ordering the dish.