REVIEW: Thai Silk – Royal China Group’s new Thai restaurant in Southwark

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Thai Silk in Southwark is the latest addition to the respected Royal China Group. It prides itself on offering the finest, authentic Thai cuisine and impeccable customer service. They even ship around 80% of the native Thai ingredients directly from Thailand. Just to complete it’s authenticity, the nine strong all-Thai kitchen brigade is led by Head Chef, Mr. Pornthep Kongha, whose background includes the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok, and Thai Garden in London.

The restaurant, bar and karaoke venue is situated a five minute walk from Waterloo station, and couldn’t be closer to Southwark underground station.

We were invited in to sample the cocktails and bar menu as well as listen to the popular tunes spun by resident DJ Mel (who plays every Friday, Saturday and last Thursday of each month). Never one to shy away from an Espresso Martini we opted for these first while catching up and complaining about the freezing bitter weather outside. The drinks menu is really extensive with an array of beers, wine, soft drinks and classic cocktails. The bar is separate from the restaurant and can host up to 250 guests pre/during and post dinner. An amazing discovery was that guests can enjoy their Happy Hour every day from 5pm until 7pm. During this time cocktails are available for £8.50 and a bucket containing five beers is £14.95. Bargain!

Gulping the delicious cocktails down we chose some bar snacks to warm us up and these were really superb. We went for all of the 3 dumpling dishes available  (Pork, Prawn and Prawn& Chive) and the Thai Chicken Wings with sesame. As a self proclaimed wing connoisseur these were amazingly fresh, golden crispy and so flavoursome. Then we got to the dumplings… these little steamed parcels of joy were absolutely delicious with a fresh melt in your mouth casing and incredible tasting insides. They come in 4s and between the 2 of us 12 dumplings disappeared in a matter of minutes. These were the perfect sized nibbles to have while drinking pre dinner or just as a snack while waiting for your table in the restaurant.

Admittedly the area isn’t one you would normally think of going out in but its these little hidden gems that can sometimes be so grea.! The restaurant seats 100 covers for dining and there are also two private rooms for karaoke, hosting up to 24 in the King room and 40 guests in the Queen room. We will definitely be back to try out the restaurant and karaoke as the bar offering set the bar so high.

The venue is open 12pm until 11pm Monday to Thursday, and until midnight on Friday. At the weekend, Thai Silk is open from 5pm until 11pm on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

Thai Silk Restaurant and Bar
94 – 95 Isabella Street
Southwark
London
SE1 8DA
www.thai-silk.co.uk

Written by: Hannah Lovell

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