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Review: Silver Muse - Silver Note
Monday, May 15, 2017  



Remember the supper clubs of the 1940's ad 50's? Many of us only remember them from old movies with scenes of nicely-dressed patrons enjoying an elegant meal while being entertained by singers and musicians. Days gone by? Perhaps not. Silversea has resurrected the past with Silver Note (Stars Supper Club on Silver Spirit), a small jazz supper club located on Deck 7 aft.



The photo of Silver Note above was taken with all the lights on, but when 8:00pm arrives and the doors open, it becomes a dark, romantic and intimate supper club. After we were seated, the first indication that we are in for an unusual dining experience comes as soon as the waiter places a small rack of "seasonings" on the table. One is a salt mixture, the other is peppercorns, and the next is what looks like three test tubes filled with sauces, each with varying degrees of heat. Each sauce was explained, but for the life of me, I cannot recall the blends, with the exception of the red one which contains habañero pepper. Interestingly, we could never figure out what we were supposed to do with the sauces. The dishes we were served were so well seasoned, no augmentation was required.



Things continue to mystify when the menus arrive. Without question, this is the most confusing menu we have ever come across. You have to remember, we are from Texas, so maybe you have to be European to grasp the concept represented on the menu. On the left side of the menu appear three "Raw" choices: a seabass dish, a tuna dish and a "Beehive", which is like a sampler platter of raw delicacies. The center of the menu consists of choices appearing under the headings of 'Oceans" and "Earth". Okay, we decide that means seafood and meat, which it does. But, on the right  side of the menu, there is the heading "Cooked". Does that mean Ocean and Earth are not cooked? Texas brain exploding!

We finally just started ordering based on the description of each dish as provided on the menu. As it turns out, all dishes are served in relatively small portions, so it is fine to order item(s) from each section, or any combination thereof. We started with the Buttered Lobster Tail from the Ocean section. I mean, how can you go wrong with lobster? Well, on Silversea, you can't.


Buttered Lobster

The poached, buttered lobster tail is not as substantial as the one served in Silver Muse's Japanese restaurant, Kaiseki, but no less delicious. The addition of greens gives this dish a salad-like appearance. It was very good, and not too filling. From the Earth section, I ordered the Salt from the Fields. Hey, if you can figure out the naming convention used on this menu, please let me know. Fortunately, I could decipher the description which claimed this to be seared lamb loin with risotto. Turns out, this was one of the tastiest lamb dishes I have ever consumed.


Salt from the Fields

Rickee skipped over the Earth section and went directly to Cooked where she found a Beef Crudo, a Tataki-style marinated beef with mushroom salad. I am not sure why this was referred to as a "crudo" on the "Cooked" section of the menu. Again, confusing. Nevertheless, the beef was cooked, and quite delicious.


Beef Crudo

The mushroom salad described on the menu as being part of the dish was missing but the beef was delicious, nonetheless. We also ordered the Cereal from the Cooked section of the menu, described as a mix of Faro, Quinoa, Spelt, Wild Rice, Black Rice and Mushrooms. It too, was very good and an excellent side dish. I suppose a vegetarian or vegan could order this as a main course.


Cereal

Like the menu, the presentation of all of the dishes was unusual and unexpected. Some arrived in bowls shaped like volcanoes (see Cereal above). As mentioned previously, every dish we tried was so expertly seasoned and delicious that we never found ourselves reaching for the test tubes of sauces or the salt and pepper. Our meal ended with the Sugar Volcano, a chocolate caramel fudge molten cake which was almost too beautiful to eat!


Sugar Volcano

The Sugar Volcano was a decadent ending to a wonderful, albeit unusual, dining experience. Throughout dinner, we were entertained with a wonderful jazz performance from Helene accompanied by pianist, Andre.


Helene and Andre

Our meal at Silver Note was certainly the most interesting we experienced on Silver Muse. While we don't quite understand the strange menu and over-the-top presentation, what we do understand is the great food, excellent service and wonderful entertainment. Those three things combine to make Silver Note a compelling dining choice.

     
     
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