There aren’t many options for decent food, never mind good food, in the area between Waterloo and London Bridge. Located pretty much adjacent to Southwark station, Thai Silk stands out as a culinary beacon in this wilderness. Thai Silk is that rare beast – an affordable yet authentic Thai restaurant in London. With great food and service, this restaurant is a local Southwark treasure and attracts a neighbourhood crowd.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

Authentic and affordable Thai cuisine near the Tate Modern Museum and the Imperial War Museum.

Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

We found the food appropriately spiced and tasty. We tried the Thai street food dishes which Thai Silk have recently started. The dishes include Thai sausages, crispy dried pork, Thai sour spare ribs and an assortment of salads.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

Thai sour spare ribs

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

Minced Pork Cakes are part of the Thai street food menu.

By the way, when the menu says hot, they mean hot as in authentic Thai cuisine levels of  hot and spicy. I found out the eye-wateringly hard way! My husband thought it was fine though.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

Black bean and prawns

My standout favourite dish was the panaeng gae (lamb shank cooked in a rich red curry). Wow! The curry had layers of flavour and the lamb just melted in your mouth.  The manager told us that we were not the only ones who love this dish.  Thai tourists come to his restaurant for a taste of home.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

Lamb shank in rich red curry sauce (photo credit: Thai Silk)

There is a good value lunch special of a starter and a main course served with rice or noodles. Alternatively, an early bird dinner before 7pm offers a similar deal but with an extra vegetable dish.

We did not take our children to lunch with us at Thai Silk. In the spirit of experimentation (and gluttony) we tried out a few dishes on the menu on their behalf. For example, we sampled the chicken satay and the pork noodles and decided our children would have liked them.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

The Chicken Sate was grilled to perfection with a mild peanut sauce.

Thai Silk Bar, Lounge and Karaoke

More than just a restaurant, Thai Silk is a place to gather and make memories. The restaurant has got a great outdoor space with lots of tables. I can see this outdoor patio being a major summer hangout when the weather is good.  In addition, there is a bar and lounge area with a DJ every Friday night.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Restaurant in London

The stylish bar area at Thai Silk Southwark in London

In addition, there are karaoke rooms upstairs with over a 100,000 songs in multiple languages. After a few drinks, who knows you may want to challenge yourself beyond Katy Perry and find yourself wanting to sing out the latest Thai hit song!

Thai Silk Southwark

Bought by the Royal China group, there had been initial plans to change Thai Silk into another Royal China outpost. Luckily the new owners realised they had a neighbourhood gem on their hands and kept the restaurant as is. They did bring in some of their staff from the Royal China in Marylebone to oversee the place.

Thai Silk Southwark, An Authentic Thai Cuisine in London

If you are going to the fabulous Tate Modern Museum, you will get off at the Southwark tube stop. This restaurant is conveniently located right near the tube. Other nearby attractions are the Contemporary Applied Arts space (showcasing British craft), the Millennium Bridge, Imperial War Museums and the Imperial War Museums.  By the way, my children loved the Imperial War Museums.

Thai Silk is located at 94-95 Isabella Street, London SE1 8DA. It is open for lunch and dinner, drinks and private functions.

I received a complimentary lunch at Thai Silk in exchange for this review.  As always, this post and my opinions are my own.