Review: Silk Route (North Indian- Thai -Iranian-Continental)
4th floor, Road No.3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Thai food has always been one of my favorite. The spice, the tanginess, the colorful cuisine, the beautiful aromas are all a huge driving factor for me. It was this very inclination, which brought me once again, to my favorite Thai food joint in the city, Silk Route, Hyderabad. This was earlier known as ‘Thai Express’, but the management apparently re-christened it to Silk Route, adding a whole lot into the restaurant than before.
Although the entrance décor remains the same with the beautiful Buddha brass figurine against the backdrop of a wooden partition, the interiors have changed drastically. Earlier the restaurant had a more comfy seating with plush sofas, but now it has gone overboard with long tables and chairs, to accommodate people for buffet. The space, however, has been used well, to fit in a large center table and the entire buffet spread at the far end of the room. The restaurant is well lit and spacious as well.
Considering the quality of service in my earlier visits, the service was a tad bit disappointing. The waiters weren’t that well informed about the various kind of Thai food and it was clear that the focus had shifted from Thai to the North Indian buffet spread. Even they skipped to serve the assortment of condiments, which was once such a favored thing.
Considering the drastic change in so many things, we decided to go slow and safe and ordered the very basic Thai food. For soup we ordered Chicken Tom Yum soup, while for main course we had vegetarian olive rice, steamed rice with Thai green chicken curry.
The soup looked a tad bit dirty and diluted and did not bear the same colorful look as it once had owing to the presence of red, yellow and green bell peppers. This time it looked like a diluted version of muddy water, with a few chicken and mushroom pieces thrown in. Luckily the taste was still the same. With a sharp rising tangy taste of kaffir lime leaves at the beginning, the soup leaves a lingering, yet a super spicy feel on the tongue.
Just when I was gathering my spirits, I felt a stab of regret. There was nothing olive-like in the olive rice. It was just regular vegetarian fried rice with lots of burnt garlic pieces. Apart from the strong garlic flavor, the olive fried rice failed to create that fascinating, yet slightly tangy black olive taste, which was so very delectable in the dish.
The steamed rice with Thai green chicken curry was relatively better. The green curry had a strong taste, which was a blend of sweet and citrus flavor. While palm sugar added to the sweetness, the flavors of galangal and Kaffir lime leaves were quite prominent in the tanginess. The dish also imparted a beautiful lemony aroma. However, the presentation could have been a bit more appealing. The wilted basil leaf did very little to uplift the overall look of the dish.
If you can handle the spice, then tom yum soup is the only recommendation for this place. Other than that, the main course, especially in Thai cuisine, is just about average.
The food, although a bit disappointing came in decent portion sizes and a meal of soup and main course for two people, came to just Rs.1200, inclusive of taxes.