We could hear the throng of a party next door and a sign signaled there were karaoke rooms upstairs.
I’d ventured to the unsuspecting Thai Silk restaurant nestled behind Southwark underground station.
It felt like I’d been transported to somewhere outside of London as I wandered into the cavernous barn-like eatery.
It was a Tuesday night but the place was surprisingly quiet, a couple sat in one corner of the room, two girlfriends sat in another and a lone diner sat to my left.
The staff were refreshingly smiley as we took a perch close to the front door. Given the frigid temperatures outside, it was too chilly to sit in the curbside garden area.
Tin Tin, our waitress for the evening, came over to take our drinks order. Thai Silk offers a range of fun cocktails, for a reasonable price too at just under £8.
I opted for an espresso martini, in a bid to wake up a little, while my friend Sara went for a refreshing Caipirinha.
With the pounding music echoing from next door, we soon eased into the party spirit.
Glancing over the menu, photographs of the Thai delicacies helped us make our choice.
We ordered some chicken parcels and a papaya salad to start. Not being too good with spice – with a tendency to go beetroot-red and sweat – I asked for the chili sauce on the side, which Tin Tin immediately accommodated.
The dishes arrived like fresh works of art, complete with flower-shaped carrots and hair-like strands of delicate vegetables. The warming aromas tantalized our bellies.
I love a good chopstick or two so I readily requested some wooden utensils in lieu of the silver cutlery.
The flavors were super fresh. Crisp, crunchy lettuce and papaya quickly got snaffled up. I did attempt dipping it into the spicy peanut sauce. The chunky satay-inspired accompaniment was terribly moreish but did cause me to break out in a mild sweat.
A sip of the punchy Caipirinha quickly solved my spice woes.
For mains I plumped for a seafood salad while Sara went for chargrilled fillets of tilapia. To share, we shook hands on a side of steamed broccoli.
Service was paced well. After nattering for a while, our large platters of food arrived. The seafood salad was adorned with strips of octopus. Scallops, prawns and mussels added to the jolly mix.
We felt pleasantly full and there wasn’t a morsel left on our plates.
Glancing at the desert menu, we thought some fresh fruit would be a nice end note but we were told we couldn’t leave without trying the green tea Thai pancakes.
We strictly did what we were told.
Within 10 minutes or so, our sweet course arrived. The bright green pancake came served with a custard, which also shone a radiant mushy pea color.
It was unusual to say the least!
All in all Thai Silk is a great chilled out spot to get delicious grub away from the hub bub of central London.
I’d definitely return. Maybe to indulge in a spot of post-dinner karaoke next time.
To book a table at Thai Silk visit www.thai-silk.co.uk call 020 7928 5111.