Austin >Silhouette Restaurant & Bar
Cruising down Congress you might miss Silhouette. But make it point to spend a lax Friday night with your friends here sometime: it's located inside the 100 year-old Bremond building (complete with creaky stairs and gorgeous old crown molding), and lets you order sushi in your own private performance room.
Great deals for delicious food!. I decided to try out Silhouette after hearing from numerous friends that it was great. My boyfriend and I decided to go on a Monday and we were really pleased to find out it was Happy Hour Sushi all night! All of our favorite rolls were on the happy hour menu and we even decided to try some nigiri for the first time ever because it was so cheap. Our server recommended some great fish choices for us and even turned us on to a new sake that we both loved. Both me and my boyfriend really enjoyed the ambiance, service, and, most importantly, the food! I highly recommend Silhouette to anyone looking for an easy going, fun sushi experience.
great sushi, great service. As a member of a large business company which frequently treats its employees to dinner, i am quite familiar with the busy Friday nights accompanying all restaurants in the downtown area. furthermore, i am familiar with the less than par service that large parties sometimes receive when the restaurant is full. this was not the case with silhouette. first of all, the atmosphere of silhouette was very warm, and very unique. our eclectic server, Sarah, was very friendly and extremely helpful. she gave us GREAT recommendations on drinks and appetizers and refilled our waters so that i never saw the bottom of my glass a single time. it was obvious that she had several other tables (plus our party of 10) yet she took the time to pay full attention to our questions and requests. we ordered two "boats" of sushi and a great deal of rolls and almost all the food came out surprisingly quickly since there are only 2 chefs behind the sushi bar. one of the boats took longer than the rest so the manager compensated by providing the entire table of 10 with a free round of drinks. the fish was sensational. it was incredibly fresh, the presentation was aesthetically pleasing, and i didn't try one single thing that i found to be sub-par. our table had such an enjoyable experience that we applauded our server at the end of our meal. the service was great, the manager was great, and the food was great. what more could you ask for?
UGH. when i walked in i was ecstatic about the place. the art is so original. i was told to sit at an empty booth and was greeted by my server who seemed clearly overwhelmed with too many tables. after taking our drink order, she returned in a few minutes and asked to take our order. we ordered 2 sushi lunches and an appetizer to start out with.i asked for a spicy sauce for my sushi and some cream and sugar for my tea.i had to finally go up to the bar to ask for cream and sugar, at which point i realized the bartender was eating sushi behind the bar (unsanitary) as he was just watching as the flustered server ran by, not lifting a finger to help. he told me there was no cream in house without even looking, and reluctantly got me a few sugar packets. we received our salads and then our sushi came out. noticing that our appetizer never arrived, i told the gentleman who ran our food that we were missing an appetizer and that we didn't need it after all. My friend then noticed a hair in her wasabi but no server was in sight. I flagged down the manager and told her about the hair, which she then returned with a new plate of wasabi with no apology and didn't offer to remove the wasabi with the hair! The server returned several minutes later with our appetizer and i told her we did not want it after all. she looked at us with disgust and she replied "um, well, I'm pretty sure my manager will not take this off your bill". what? i thought an appetizer came before the meal, not several minutes afterward! i would NEVER tell a guest that after they sent food away! she and my friend argued for a bit and then she yelled "fine!" at us before she stomped off, never to check on us again. The manager never dropped by and we were presented the check 15 minutes after we finished our meal. I work in a restaurant and am embarrassed to have seen the performance of the staff and this restaurant . furthermore, the sushi was fishy and old and the rice was stale and hard to chew.
Used to ROCK; now it's a bit less....
So, when Shin and Kevin were the chefs, my girlfriend at the time and I would visit Silhouette weekly, if not more. The manager (I really can't remember his name at the moment) would come spend some time talking with us, and eventually bought sake for us nearly everytime we came in. That and the fact the sashimi/nigiri used to be awesome kept us coming back again and again.
Well, it had been a while since we went, but we got together again one night and ended up going back. The waitress was the only one we recognized; no more Shin, Kevin or the manager(owner?). Apparently they've changed owners, and as the previous review stated, it's not the same.
I really used to love the place, and even wrote a review for Beluga stating people should go here. I'd like to still do that, but the rolls *are* smaller, and there is less "presentation". The tastes, for the most part, are unchanged. The unagi, is still very good, without a bone-ish taste, and the eel sauce compliments it perfectly. The basic tekka maki is also decent. However, again, the sizes of these rolls and nigiri are smaller.
Will I go back? Probably. Uni is just too far from me, plus you can't beat the late nights.
YUMMMMMY!. Van Gogh and Neitzch rolls are the best! The lyche martini's are VERY good! Always happy hour, saturday night late night happy hour. It has always been a good spot to start before heading out for the night!
silhouette. silho used to be pango's, and i've been going there regularily when i'm in town to catch good sushi for the past couple yrs. shin and kevin ( the 2 sushi chefs) have stayed loyal througout the past 4 yrs (and counting) and to my surprise the quality of fish has gone up since the most recent change over in management. i have not had a chance to sit down and meet the new owners, but am making it a point to do that on my next visit. i love the unique atmosphere, diverse crowd, and friendly/helpful wait staff & bartender everyone raves about. two thumbs up.
THE BEST. MY WIFE AND ME WERE IN SILHOUETTE FOR FIRST TIME ON LAST SATURDAY, THE SERVICE WAS GREAT AND SUSHI WAS BEST IN TOWN.
New Chef, New Management, New Disappointment.
PROS: This restaurant has a great location, nice decor, pretty romantic. The waitresses are generally nice, and seating has never been a problem. They have good happy hours, and a good menu._______________
CONS: This restaurant recently changed management, and hired a new chef. The last time my wife and I went there, the wait time for our food was incredibly, unbearably long, especially considering the relative uncrowdedness. Also, our waitress (the heavy walker; her steps are super heavy; you'll notice her!) was very rushed and overworked, and rather impolite.
Also, the waitresses were using windex to clean the tables near the customers. Maybe it's just me, but the overpowering smell of ammonia detracts from a meal.
The temperature was also really cold; we asked the waitress (twice) to adjust the air, but nothing came of it.
The worst part is what has become of the food since the new chef has taken over. The rolls are a sad shadow of their former selves. They are smaller, floppier, and less flavorful than they used to be. I really can't emphasize enough how disappointed we were in the new rolls. Also, the presentation has changed from quaint square wooden plates to plain white round plates, like you might find in a high school cafeteria.
If you're looking for a slighly below average sushi place, this isn't a bad place to go. But only go during happy hour: these new rolls just aren't worth non-happy-hour prices. Check their website to see when happy hours are.
I really don't get pleasure out of reporting bad restaurants. My wife and I used to love this place; but the change was so disappointing that we were impelled to share it will fellow Austinites. Also, perhaps the new management will read this, and make and effort to either improve on or at least restore the way things used to be.
The greatest sushi ever. If you are looking for incredible sushi (as well as other food), reasonable prices and a comfortable atmosphere Silhouette Restaurant & Bar is the place. The customer service at Silhouette is excellent. If you are fortunate enough to have Dashill or Vanessa as your servers, you will be in for a positive dining experience that will keep you coming back to Silhouette again and again. Dashill and Vanessa are friendly and attentive to customers' needs. Even though all of the food at Silhouette is great, Dashill and Vanessa give great recommendations on what to order. So remember, if you are looking for a fun time with great food and affordable prices, Silhouette Restaurant & Bar is the place for you.
Disappointed. Okay...so I read the other reviews about this place and thought I'd give it a chance anyway! When we got there the place was empty so seating was prompt. We chose to sit at the bar. The bartender ignored us for at least five minutes. Then he put two glasses of water in front of us and still didn't offer to take our drink orders. The smell of fish was unbarably strong! This is coming from someone who spends most of the summer at the coast drinking sodas that have shared cooler space with our freshly caught fish. The smell combined with the unusually warm room temperature and warm sushi was over all a bad experience!
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