6-8 Southwark Street , London, SE1 1TL

SquareMeal Review of Silka

A soothing Indian antidote to the foodie mayhem of Borough Market, this basement restaurant hides a smart prospect behind its rather forgettable narrow glass frontage. Descend the stairs, take a seat and peruse an extensive menu that mixes curry-house classics with a few less-familiar regional specialities – tandooris, tikkas, rogan josh and biryanis line up alongside coconut-crusted lemon sole steamed in a banana leaf, stir-fried baby squid and so-called ‘adventurous show bites’ such as braised wild-duck breast or king prawns piri-piri. Set platters include an Ayurvedic version offering ‘low-fat energy food’ based on strict dietary principles, and there are ‘power lunch boxes’ to take out. To drink, cooling mango lassi or Bangla beer are excellent thirst-quenchers. Complaints about ‘poor, carefree service’ and ‘bland, loveless’ curries may explain why Silka doesn’t have a higher profile.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Bridge Tube Station 282m

London Bridge Station 367m


Address: 6-8 Southwark Street , London SE1 1TL

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-11.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

Borough Market 99m

Vinopolis 196m


Telephone: 020 7378 6161

Cuisine: Indian


Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 1.0

Value: 1.0

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Ali B. 18 July 2012

Avoid like the plague. You have a choice, try Silka or give yourself a better quality of life and visit the numerous other perfectly acceptable Indian Restaurants in the area. If you like watery, bland, loveless curry then this is the place for you. If you like slow, poor, carefree service then book a table here. If you dare to complain to the (so called) Manager about your food or experience you will simply be ignored and the card machine will suddenly appear and you will be ushered out. Service charge included…oh yes, despite a polite complaint. Make a choice. Avoid.