Whether you’re a smooth operator looking for a place to convene for a perfectly romantic rendezvous, a family looking for a smooth spot to sit down and dine together, or a Melbourne city slicker looking to host a business lunch or function, Silky Apple has 30 years of hospitality industry experience and the Chinese cuisine to grease the wheels when it comes to good eats. BYO or order refreshments from Silky Apple’s ample cellars – they’re fully licensed – while you peruse the long list of traditional Chinese delights. Look out for special menus for special occasions, and let yourself be tempted by the lavish banqueting options at this hotspot down Armadale’s High Street.
There are more dishes on the menu at Silky Apple than you can shake a spring roll at. Entrees range from duck san choy bow through to steamed crystal prawn dumplings via beef and chicken dim sum and then you have the entrees – wasabi king prawns, Shanghai-style pork dumplings, fried quail with chilli and Chinese spices, and braised tofu with enoki mushrooms. Soups, rice and noodles, and dishes comprised of fish, calamari, scallops, prawns, pork and lamb, beef, chicken and duck round out the main courses, but it’s the house specialties you’ll want to indulge in. Silky Apple’s kitchen in Melbourne’s Armadale has an uncanny ability when it comes to Szechuan-style beef and barramundi, kung po chicken with cashews, barbecued pork with beancurd and, of course, Peking duck.
If your appetite isn’t already whetted, perhaps Silky Apple’s banqueting menu will when you’ve got a good excuse for a celebratory feast. This Chinese restaurant in Melbourne’s Armadale can hold up to 120 people in its spacious and elegantly outfitted premises along High Street – book it in part or in its entirety and indulge in a menu specially prepared by the expert team in charge. Four options are available, including a kiddie-sized banquet, two for two or more people and the most lavish for four or more. This latter begins with seafood san choy bow and a basket of mixed dim sum, classic Chinese chicken and corn soup before hitting winners such as Peking duck, tai chi prawns (for a meditative meal), chicken bird’s nest (ideal for lucky hen’s nights), black pepper beef fillet (another house special), special fried rice, Chinese-Singaporean noodles with banana fritters or fried ice cream to cram in at the end. Put it this way, you’re going to need the calmative effects of Chinese tea if you opt for this, and whatever way you choose to dine you’ll need to book ahead.
Excellent service. Quality food. Great for family. Staff could not do enough to accommodate us. Traditional favourites. Fresh. Flavoursome. Great location. Takeaway option and parking.
The food was fantastic. However, the stairs are hard particularly for a person with a walking stick. Much better to let them have a table on the lower level - we were at the top level. Food and Service very good.
Had a lovely Yum Cha yesterday (N.B. you have to ask for the YC menu). I think having the menu instead of carts coming round led to a more enjoyable meal
We enjoyed fine food, along with prompt, friendly and efficient service. The restaurant staff dealt easily with our group, especially in a tight time-frame. Excellent!
Always great to return to Silky Apple. The food is reliably very good. The people are pleasant, aim to please and a delight to watch as they serve people. We always enjoy going there whether we are on our own or without grandchildren.
Silky Apple has excellent food choices and high quality food. The staff are very attentive and you do not wait long for your dishes. It is a good choice for kids & family gatherings.
We were really disappointed with our dinner this time at Silky Apple. Our previous visits have been fantastic but last night it was as if the chef didn't even try. The food lacked flavour and our fried icecreams weren't even crisp or warm on the outside... Frozen solid all the way through. When I asked why the fried icecream wasn't "fried" the Manager's response was that it depended on how hot the oil was!!!??? Didn't offer any apology and just took my uneaten dessert without offering anything in return and still charged us all for the uncooked fried icecream. Very bad service.
We have lived near Silky Apple for around 9 years and finally got there for dinner. Wish we’d done it earlier!! Food is awesome and we will definitely be back
The food is amazing! We had the Peking beef which was heaven. First time we've had it and it won't be the last. They serve the best sweet and sour pork. The honey chicken is nice but not the best. The fried rice is delicious! The service is great. Can't wait to go back again!
The dishes always delicious with the service always top notch. Been going to the a Silky Apple for 30 years and standard has never wavered.