On a warm sunny day, while, I was sailing Genting Dream on the deep waters of the South China Sea, I participated in various sports and adventures. Hence it was only natural for my appetite to get charged with occasional hunger pangs. We had just crossed the Riau Islands, a few minutes ago, a sighting I witnessed from the main deck. The infinite seascape of Laut China Selatan is phenomenal. So are their Asian speciality restaurants! So, on his day, it was time to give Silk Road, the signature Chinese restaurant, a shot. Located on Deck 6, this restaurant is Genting Dream’s hidden jewel. Cloaked in luxuries of traditional China, Silk Road is a restaurant where you will experience old-world glamour, hedged into the forbidden history of modern China.
With every step, you take inside the classic dining space of Silk Road, you will have the chance to admire the surroundings. The entire restaurant is draped in the authentic Chinese Red and Gold. You will be left awestruck by the distinct decor and ambience. This restaurant features a small stage which hosts sophisticated cabaret dance after 11 PM. (You may only enter the restaurant after 11 if you are 18 years old or more) After 11 PM, each restaurant table here has a price tag. The price is determined by the closeness of the table from the stage. The closer you sit to the stage, the more you pay. I had the chance to sit, either too far, nor too close to the stage.
But from where I was sitting, I couldn’t help notice the paintings behind the bar table. Most of these paintings featured the renowned Cabaret culture of Shanghai. Stunning art, I’d say! This hotspot of Chinese culture also dishes out some incredibly delicious food and drinks. While Silk Road is open for dinner, for all guests onboard, only Dream Palace guests can access this restaurant during lunch hours. Silk Road can seat up to 150 people at one time.
While I was here, I started my dining experience by browsing through their extensive list of beer, wine and Baiju. After deciding on the drinks, I moved on to the food menu and settled on a 5-course set menu. In the matter of taste, the talented chefs at Silk Road leave no stone unturned to create unique dishes with a contemporary twist. Which is why, I though it will be best to choose a set menu to get to taste 5 different dishes at a time.
Believe it or not, from the traditional Chinese designs in the backdrop to Redwood furnishings, accent lighting and warm hospitality – Silk Road redefines perfection. My gastronomy adventure kicked off with some wine and Roasted Chicken with Five Spicy. What’s amazing at Silk Road is that the Chef’s line up a perfect order of dishes to excite the palate. For instance, Roasted Chicken with Five Spicy was a light, fragrant first course immersed in a blend of spices. This dish, in particular, enhances your appetite with its ingredients.
For the second-course, I received the soup of the day. This Chinese clear soup was a layered composition of delicious Indo flavours. With a broth like taste, this Chinese soup is associated with several Asian culinary traditions. Even though this soup is great for the winter sniffles; in Singapore, December isn’t as cold as other countries. The soup adds a special zing to the meal with its vinegared Ying flavours. If I am not wrong, the broth also contained a dash of sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and white and black pepper.
For the third course, I was served the delightful entree, the Braised Aubergine with Bean Curd in Broad Bean Paste. The Braised Aubergine (Eggplant) was perfectly grilled to taste crisp and smoky. Wherein, the very satisfying Broad Bean Paste was cooked in a rich savoury garlic sauce.
My fourth-course presented itself with Sauteed Prawn Meat in Chilli Sauce, Braised Sea Cucumber and Deep Sea Shells with vegetables. I absolutely loved the authentic Asian Chilli Sauteed Prawn Meat for its hot and spicy taste. The Sea Cucumber, on the other hand, is a bland ingredient by itself. Therefore, it is braised with squids, scallops, shiitake mushrooms and other vegetables. Even though this was my first time with sea cucumbers, I quite enjoyed the preparation. “Found on the seafloor worldwide, Sea cucumbers are marine animals with a leathery skin and an elongated body containing a single, branched gonad.”
For the fifth course, I had the pleasure to savour the Sweetened Red Bean Soup with Glutinous Ball and Ginseng. This was my first time with this traditional Chinese banquet dessert. At Silk Road, the Chefs made the finest Red bean Soup I could have ever tasted. The humble and elegant Red bean soup is made from red adzuki beans and is brightened with the Glutinous Ball and Ginseng. This dessert is a thick and sweet soup studded with a Glutinous Ball. It’s so perfect that there always seems to be just enough room left for it.
All in all, a splendid dinner with a brilliant choice of dishes for the 5-course menu. Silk Road, however, is usually booked, hence it’s suggested that you make an advance reservation for both dining, as well as, the evening entertainment.