477 Pitt Street
Sydney, NSW 2000
8 of us visited the very chic, very elegant, Zilver for yum cha for lunch yesterday. We arrived at 11am, pretty early for lunch. It was a wise decision though, because the restaurant was already packed at that time and when we were leaving there were tons of hungry people milling outside waiting for a table. The restaurant is huge, yet completely full, despite the tables being packed sardine-style in the huge dining hall. We were ushered by the waitress down a little corridor, and I kinda said, a bit weirded out, “Are you sure they know we’re here to eat and not trying to get a job in the kitchen?” It really seemed like they were taking us to the back kitchen or something 😛 But then we got to a door that opened into a big ‘private’ dining room, with around 5 large tables.
Despite being set apart from the majority of diners, we didn’t have to wait long for the food and were still well taken care of. Generally, yum cha restaurants feature crap service – very rude, brusque and generally unfriendly. But the ladies pushing the carts around were all very lovely and weren’t too pushy. Interestingly, basically every dish is stampled either a Large or Extra large.. despite the piece of paper/bill/receipt also listing the existence Small and Medium dishes – probably just for show, since even the most standard/cheapest dishes we ordered were Large. Hah.
We ordered up an absolute STORM. Tons and tons of food, yet we managed to stuff in pretty much all of it into our bellies 😉 Then we went a bit mad an ordered TONS of dessert too, and had to also stuff it all in! Was terribly full afterwards, but the food is really fresh and delicious so it was worth it.
Zilver Seafood Restaurant
The main dining hall
Our private dining room
Deep-fried White Bait
These were awesome, not too salty but just really tasty!
Assorted dim sum
More dim sum
Roast Pork Belly
Very similar to the Bavarian Bier Cafe’s version. Mmm!
Salt & Pepper Prawns
Cheong Fun (Flat Rice Noodles with Prawns)
Hum Shui Kok
MY FAVOURITE FAVOURITE YUM CHA DISH!!!!
The 1st round of food on our table
A very weird Egg & Ginger Custard, meant to be a dessert
Evidently, I did NOT like it!
Mmm.. now this is my kinda dessert
Weird cold, sticky, black sesame rolls
Sweet tofu dessert
I loved this one!
With mango and cream inside… oooooo!
I tried this, my 1st taste of durian in my entire life. It was alright.
The BEST I’ve ever had. They were hot from the oven
and were to-die-for!!!!!