Silk Road Camberwell

Bronze Award
London, SE5 8TR ·Website·Call020 7703 4832

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Bronze Award

Cheap and cheerful, with lots of communal tables for sharing and socialising, this Chinese canteen’s geographical and gastronomic marker is Xinjiang –  the vast north-west frontier province, once traversed by the ancient Silk Road trade route linking China and the Middle East. The food here is highly distinctive, with lots of Muslim, Mongol and central Asian influences allied to exotic spices and a liking for chilli – witness the unceremoniously titled ‘big plate chicken’, tripe and kidney shish kebabs or boiled lamb on the bone (‘use of hands recommended’, says the menu). Intriguing flavours and textures abound, from appetisers of cabbage with vinegar or ‘extra hot’ Chinese leaves to stir-fried pork with curly black fungus or hand-pulled noodles with assorted embellishments. The menu also extends to a decent selection of dumplings (pork and celery, lamb and onion, egg, leek and shrimp, for example), plus various tangy salads and nourishing broths. To drink, we’d suggest Chinese herb tea or a couple of bottles of Tsing Tao beer. Note: cash only. 

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Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Fun, Lively, Traditional
Food Hygiene Rating


49 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR

020 7703 4832 020 7703 4832


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 5pm-11pm (Sat-Sun 2pm- )


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4 Reviews 


05 March 2023  
Food & Drink 1.5
Service 0.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 2
Rude staff, average food

Food was average and greasy but cheap. Service was appalling, they pretty much kicked us out before we even finished our drinks. I wouldn't recommend.

Jess W

28 November 2022  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Value 4.5

Amazing chinese food which is so far from the standard cantonese takeaway. A great introduction to Xianjiang and Szechuan cuisine in an unfussy, always bustling spot on Camberwell Church street. Cheap and very quick too! Special mention to the homestyle cabbage.

Selena C

26 July 2019  
For good value Chinese you can't go wrong. Lots of flavour and spice and a little different to the usual standard Chinese fare.

Catherine F

01 August 2018  
Consistently blows you away with the amazing punchy peppercorn flavours. Whilst still be able to eat there for around £25.
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