Dine, Food,

Thai Silk, Southwark

One year after my Thailand adventures, I love Thai food no less. When the good people at Thai Silk said I could come down and try out their take on Thai favourites, I couldn’t say no.

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Less than two minutes from Southwark station, neatly tucked into two railway arches, Thai Silk is a restaurant come karaoke bar. I’m no Beyonce (I am really, totally woke up like this) so I stayed away from the karaoke and stuck to working my way through their menu.
We kept it simple and went for the sharing platter starter. A little of everything: wonton, spring roll, chicken satay and fish cakes. Quality fish cakes are hard to come by, I wrote about the potato-to-fish ratio in fish cakes at Levi Root’s Caribbean Smokehouse, but the wow factor in Thai fishcakes is more about the seasoning and flavour. Thai Silk’s were pretty good! I could have handled more of a kick in them, but Eamonn was happier without.

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The more you travel, the more aware you are of authenticity in detail as you eat your way through foreign cuisine in London. One misconception I had before visiting Thailand was that Thai people eat with chopsticks, when in fact they traditionally eat with a fork and spoon, so I was pleased to see a fork and spoon on the table at Thai Silk. But, the two florets of broccoli in the midst of my dumplings were definitely of western influence.

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If you can’t find coconut rice on the menu in a Thai restaurant, leave.

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Massaman curry; nutty creamy and delicious. Beef is the traditional option in this curry but we had the chicken and it was still packed with flavour.

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I didn’t write the name down of the dish below, but look through the seafood options for the hottest chilli rating and this it. Blow your head off spice, just how I like it.

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A classic Pad Thai had to be tested. Not only have I tasted many, I’ve tried my hand at making them now! The sauce mix was a little heavy on oyster sauce which gives a great colour but also makes the noodle gooey and stick together as one. A rich flavour cut perfectly with a squeeze of lemon.

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Nothing deep-fried was too oily, right through to our dessert. Fried bananas!

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It’s safe to say we left absolutely stuffed! Thai Silk gets my recommendation and I’d be keen to hear if anyone has had a singalong in the karaoke rooms – leave a comment below. Thank you to Thai Silk for having me, no doubt I’ll be back!

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