Thai Silk

94-95 Joan Street , London, SE1 8DA

SquareMeal Review of Thai Silk

Located under the arches near Southwark tube station, this neighbourhood eatery is a popular haunt for straightforward Thai cooking served with a smile. Like many similar establishments, the look is one of understated opulence, all deep reds & golden trinkets. The house signatures of wok-fried soft-shell crab with pepper & massamun curry served in a white bread ‘shell’ are still going strong, although the menu is essentially a classic run through salads, stir-fries, noodles & suchlike. For real value, the two-course set lunch (£6.95) & pre-theatre ‘early bird’ (£8.95 for three courses) are a steal. A busy bar handles much of the post-work drinking crowd, who flock to the covered terrace clutching pints of Asahi or gorgeous fruit cocktails (the Mekong passion is a mix of rum, passion fruit & mango).

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Southwark Tube Station 31m

Waterloo East Station 47m


Address: 94-95 Joan Street , London SE1 8DA

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Opening times

Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Sat 5pm- )

Nearby Landmarks

The Young Vic Theatre 189m

Union Theatre 240m


Telephone: 020 7928 5111


Cuisine: Thai

Private Dining: 15, 25


Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

rachel s. 16 July 2018

Just here for world cup semis, handled huge crowds really well. Have eaten here many times, always good.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Yasmin S. 13 August 2014

We have dined here before with one booking using more than one tastecard and had no problems. On this occasion, when attempting to book for 8 people using 2 cards I was told categorically no. When the hostess/waitress who answered my call palmed me off on her manager (clearly perplexed by my logic of having two tables/bookings next to one another, hence separate bills) I was then greeted by utter distaste and an even less welcoming tone than the previous employee. She was rude, totally unhelpful and when asked why she couldn't put our tables next to each other just shouted at me (yes, shouted) that she WOULDN'T do it. The conversation continued for a few minutes with me trying to glean some sense from her rude replies (to no avail) – given we have done this before I don't know why they were so intent on being so unhelpful and arrogant. The conversation escalated, I asked to speak to someone more senior – at which point she screamed (note the impeccable service standards witnessed throughout!) that she “wasn't wasting anymore time talking to me” and hung up on me mid conversation. Totally disrespectful and downright rude service – I was neither impertinent nor did I raise my voice. I was trying to ascertain WHY she was refusing to make 2 bookings next to each other and in essence refusing our custom? She was a horrendous front-woman for the business. Having been a restaurant host in a huge London restaurant I can safely say there is never any cause to speak to customers this way. They need to learn how to articulate their reasoning behind refusing large party bookings using tastecard (something which they have done in the past!) without raising their voices, berating customers and indeed hanging up on them. Utterly disgraceful service – avoid at all costs. Without tastecard it's overpriced and mediocre at best (try a more authentic Thai restaurant like Mama Thai off the Walworth Road if you want delicious food and humble service!) In any case, getting past the booking stage with a tastecard is evidently too big an ask for their inarticulate and arrogant staff and definitely not worth the hassle.

Food & Drink: 0.0

Service: 0.0

Atmosphere: 0.0

Value: 0.0

Ian g. 10 November 2010

We ordered a delivery of food from Thai Silk, Chicken Satay to start, it was completely raw for 80% of the meats centre, we called to complain and we were told they would call us back. Of course we waited and waited for no response, so called back again and was told they would refund us £2 – and to add injury to insult they wanted us to bring the food back as proof of their complete inability to cook a chicken satay on a meal they originally delivered! Don't do it, there are better options all over London, Eat Thai Busaba, Blue Elephant and even Marie's Cafe on Lower Marsh as a cheap local alternative.