"Cocktails, thai food and more..."Review Rating: Reviewed by KimT
Isabella Street – that fabulous street by Southwark tube station (five minutes’ walk from Waterloo and the Old and New Vic theatres) - has a new addition. In the warmer weather, the street’s many bars and eateries are packed with people enjoying al fresco fun on the outside piazza-like pedestrian area which is populated by lots of plants and foliage.
But it was chilly when we went to check out the Thai Silk Bar. It’s a big, airy place – with areas of low level squishy sofa and rattan armchairs for groups and high stools and tables for those who prefer to stay near the bar. The bar is vast – and prettily lit with a soft pink light at the front and rear strip lights that softly change colour. The walls contain a few subtle Thai wood carvings and there is an impressive sculpture at the entrance.
The cocktails are good. My companion’s Silk Royal (£7.50) was bright pink – the Thai rum drink was sweet but with a fierce kick of fresh raspberries and lime. The Espresso Martini had a thick creamy top and was suitably bitter. There’s a good selection of long cocktails and also many other spirits on offer. My Virgin Mojito (£4.50) was excellent – a perfect blend of mint and lime – I almost didn’t miss the rum. Happy hour is between 5pm and 7pm.
There wasn’t a huge bar snack selection but what we had was good. A huge bowl of crispy fries (£3.50), five mini vegetarian spring rolls (£4.20), four prawn dumplings (£4.30) and some incredible chilli and spring onion calamari (£5) meant that we didn’t have to go out to dinner afterwards. Apparently, the chefs here are all Thai – but they collaborate with the Chinese chefs at Royal China Group on the Dim Sum.
While we were there, there was a large Thai family visiting – including their babies. So it’s definitely kid friendly. But as the evening wore on, the younger set moved in with small groups of both chaps and girls. Some appeared to be locals and others nearby office workers. But an eclectic mix of folk enjoying the informal and relaxed vibe. We lingered outside a little while – there’s a large covered terrace complete with heaters, tables and stools.
The music was rather loud. Not a problem in itself – and good for later in the evening – but for some reason the music was Country & Western when we were there. Apparently the DJ booth hosts live music on Fridays and Saturdays and also the last Thursday of every month (free entry).
As well as a large restaurant connected to the bar there is also further dining space upstairs. There’re also karaoke rooms that can be booked for between 20 and 40 people (minimum spend on food and drink required).
KimT reviewed Thai Silk on Thu 16 Feb 2017