Tucked away under one of the railway arches at Southwark, Thai Silk is not the most obvious destination, but it is definitely worth a visit and if this restaurant review helps put it on people’s radars then so much the better. The decor is simple but effective, with deep crimson panels covering the exposed brick work around the spacious dining room, and a large, gold Buddha adorning the end wall. Service is efficient and attentive, although the staff’s limited English skills might make it difficult to get a detailed explanation of a dish
A bowl of tasty prawn crackers was a nice introduction as we browsed the extensive menu. My dining partner and I opted for Set Menu 2, a four course feast for £19.95 a head. To start, we shared a generous platter featuring such Thai staples as corn cakes, crispy prawn wontons, and chicken satay. The satay was a particular treat, the delicately char-grilled chicken tender and succulent and the peanut sauce rich, with just the right degree of chilli heat.
Our next course was a bowl of hot and sour chicken and mushroom soup. This was a wonderful blend of flavours, with lemongrass and coconut mingled with chilli and spring onion. For main course, the set menu offered a choice of two out of five dishes. We went for the classic green chicken curry, and a stir fry dish of ginger pork with mushrooms. Both were delicious. The curry, though not as spicy as we might have expected, was also not too creamy. These two main dishes were accompanied by steamed jasmine rice and a generous plate of stir fried vegetables – crisp broccoli, perfectly wilted pak choi, and cabbage cooked to retain a delightful bit of crunch. And to top it all off, we also enjoyed a veritable mountain vegetarian pad thai noodles, their tamarind sweetness beautifully offset by the kick provided by the chilli flakes we sprinkled over the top.
We ate until we were truly stuffed, but we couldn’t quite finish the feast. Fortunately, dessert was a light and refreshing fresh fruit platter of papaya, pineapple, melon and grapes. A perfect palate cleanser.
This is well-executed, classic Thai food that can’t be faulted for value. The wine list is equally impressive, offering a wide selection of bottles at reasonable prices, as well as a fair few by the glass. The only thing it’s short of is description, so it was lucky for me that my dining partner spotted one of his old favourites, Durbanville Maty’s Cabernet Merlot and we were able to order with confidence. Overall, Thai Silk gets a good four Forks-Up.
Thai Silk 94 – 95 Isabella Street, off Joan Street Southwark London SE1 8DA www.thaisilkrestaurant.co.uk
Unfortunatley Thai Silk in Waterloo has closed, however there are still two other branches to give a go, one in Greenwich and one at the O2. Forks-Up will review at least one of them in the near future in order to keep up with the times.