We fancied Thai food and did not fancy traveling far so Thai Silk in Southwark seemed the obvious option. We had not been before but had heard of the place through friends. The restaurant is located in a back street in the area under the station arches – which adds a great atmosphere to the large restaurant. The restaurant is split into two, which is accessed by a side corridor. The second area is a bar and casual eating area.
We wanted a drink beforehand but the bar was closed for a private do, so instead we had a couple of cocktails at our table before eating. As we walked in the waitress welcomed us in the traditional Thai manner of bowing and were at constant hand. They seemed to like running whenever they were given a request.
We chose the set menu which was priced at a wallet pleasing £20.95. This includes; starter, soup, two main course dishes, vegetables, rice/noodles and dessert. For starter we were served a butterfly wantons, chicken satay, chicken wings, corn cakes, fish cakes and crispy noodles. This was served with a couple of dips. The food was piping hot and clearly cooked fresh although the fried dishes were a little too greasy for me.
The soup served next was delicious; a hot and sour chicken coconut soup. My only wish was that it was bigger – but then I would have not got through the next courses! We ordered a bottle of red once we had downed the last dregs of our strong cocktails.
There was a selection of main course dishes that we could choose from and we went for the chicken Thai green curry and the stir fried beef with cashew nuts and chili’s. The curry was rich and the chicken melted in the mouth. The beef dish came in a thick sweet sauce which worked well with the nuts and spicy chilis. The dishes were served with vegetables and rice. We really enjoyed this.
We were well and truly stuffed but the dessert was yet to come, fortunately this was a light fruit salad platter which cleansed the palette and didn’t make our expanding waistline burst.
We really liked the friendly staff, the freshness of the food and the fact that we dined under the arches. Although the décor is Thai in style it is not tacky and brash. There is a gentle buzz with diners coming in and out as well as a steady takeaway trade. We would recommend trying this place.
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