Having visited Royal China Baker Street last year, and been impressed with what I found, I was excited to visit Thai Silk, the latest location from the Royal China Group, situated in Southwark, south London.
Just moments from the tube, and well located for those visiting the close by Tate Modern, National Theatre, and the Southbank, the venue was bustling on the Thursday evening we visited, suggesting it has been well received by drinkers in this competitive area.
Priding itself on offering the finest, authentic Thai cuisine and impeccable customer service, the venue is divided into two, with the restaurant-proper separated from a more informal bar.
Invited for drinks in the bar, we took our seats.
Thai Silk’s authentic décor features traditional decorations such as gold Buddha statues, wall art, and an eye-catching Hong, or celestial swan.
A lustrous red and gold colour scheme creates an inviting atmosphere, while a live DJ is a nice touch for such a snug venue.
Upstairs there are two private rooms for karaoke, hosting up to 24 in the King room and 40 guests in the Queen room, while the restaurant can accommodate 100 covers for dining.
The state-of-the-art karaoke systems boasts over 100,000 songs to choose from in English, Thai and Chinese.
Thai Silk’s large contemporary bar area can accommodate as many as 250 guests and offers a selection of champagne, wine, spirits and cocktails.
A lot of the cocktails will be familiar to London drinkers, with old favourites a plenty.
I opted for a strawberry Bellini, while my guest tried the espresso Martini – both packed a punch and were just what we were after following a busy day at the office.
For food, the chefs at Thai Silk have created a traditional yet innovative menu, combining the freshest ingredients and first class cooking techniques.
To ensure that the cusine is authentic, around 80 per cent of the native Thai ingredients are shipped directly from Thailand.
However, where possible, the restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients in order to save on food miles.
The nine strong all-Thai kitchen brigade is led by head chef, Pornthep Kongha, whose background includes the Ambassador Hotel in Bangkok, and Thai Garden in London.
We opted for the customary spring rolls, fried chicken, and a more exotic calamari.
The latter was delicious; fresh, juicy and just the right amount of spicy.
Accompanied by a pair of lychee Bellinis and we were ready for the evening ahead.
Thai Silk is a great location for after work drinks with colleagues with an informal atmosphere, great service, and a variety of delicious snacks.
Head over to the official at website for more information.