Silka

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52 reviews
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£25 and under
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Indian

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Silka's unprepossessing doorway hard by the entrance to Borough Market doesn't give the true flavour of the delights that wait within. The basement restaurant is decorated in a modern, minimalist style in keeping with the sophisticated mix of clientele it attracts. The Indian menu features low-fat, healthful foods skilfully prepared with dishes geared to make you feel light and energized or calm and chilled out. Lots of people drop in for one of their lunchtime platters or to grab a power lunch box to enjoy out in the sunshine. The Ayurvedic dishes with choice of lamb, chicken, prawn or veg are very popular. If you're seeking long-time favourites, check out the Simply Indian choices like chicken tikka masala or lamb rogan josh. More adventurous souls should dip into the Showbites, where East meets West in dishes like shank of lamb braised in ginger and garlic paste. Silka is another winning entry in the groovy SE1 dining stakes.
What 52 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.2
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3.9
service
3.6
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3.9
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Adey
London
22 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We ate al fresco in Borough Market which was a nice experience.

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topeater
London
16 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Intimate curryhouse under new management - good varied menu. For the price was expecting food and service differentiating itself from other Indian restaurants, but would not rate above others

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Allanm
Hampshire
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a little gem. Great authentic food and really good service. We will definitely be back

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Cralme
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

the food is good but too spicy for children. Too much noise in the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Average . Nothing exciting .

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SophieA
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Delicious curry, smallish restaurant down stairs so good in the evenings as the lighting doesn't matter. Service was prompt and food was great!

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vipmarbles
London
65 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The people who seated us and asked for our order were verging on rude "What do you want?" is an unusual way to take an order. The place was very busy - we were asked to leave our seats almost as soon as we'd finished our meal. Everything tasted of tabasco. We won't go back. Interesting that on TripAdvisor they only respond to positive feedback - I think they should start to take on board the more negative reviews.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience1

Came for lunch on a Friday and quickly realised it was more of an evening place as we were the only table. Food was delicious and good value but overshadowed by rude waiter who didn’t convey that a large number of drinks on the menu weren’t available, and once we had paid we were told to leave!!

Good quality food ruined by poor service

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vipAllyouneediswine
London
26 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Good main size portions and quick to bring extra naan

Silka
Responded on 8 October 2019

Thank you Allyouneediswine, for leaving us a review. Please to hear you enjoyed your evening at Silka! Look forward to seeing you again soon. Regards, Shafiul

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KathyM
London
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and excellent service. Recommend without reservation to anyone who appreciates fine Indian cooking.

Silka
Responded on 22 September 2019

Thanks Kathy, Appreciate your feed back. We lokforward to welcoming you back soon. Regards, Shafiul

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vipWJB85
London
10 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

The experience was appalling! Waiters were rude and impatient. We were kept waiting for quite some time before getting seated even though we had a booking and many tables were free at the time. Service was very slow - it took almost 45min for the first dish to arrive and the second dish was undercooked. It took a while for the bill to be settled as well. The waiter just grabbed the credit card from my hand and tossed it back after the payment - completely and utterly disgraceful!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food and a great atmosphere

Silka
Responded on 22 September 2019

Appreciate you leaving a comment. Pleased you enjoyed our food. Look forward to seeing you gain.

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CristinaD
London
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Well is a shame cuz was okay but the service charge was wayyyy to much ,like 20% we didn't accept to pay it. Shame cuz it did ruin our meal, wine was extensive too. Wouldn't go again. Plus was my partners birthday but they weren't bothered even to say a happy birthday. Same

Silka
Responded on 22 September 2019

Hi ChristinaD, We add a discratinary 12.5% to the bill, you are in no obligation to pay that. We can't just figure out how it ruined your meal, as our staff do not ever insist on service charge. We apologise the waiter didn't wish your partner Happy Birthday. A cake is on us on his next, please do get in touch with us.

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SallyO
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a booking for of us for lunch but when we got there the restaurant was closed. We called and they said they had no chef.
They made no attempt to let us know on the day, which would have been the polite thing to do.
Very disappointed.

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Jonathan
London
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience2

The food was excellent but our evening was spoilt due to high level of noise from tables around us. Great if you want to drink and don't mind the noise but not if you want to have a conversation

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

We apologies for the level of noise that made your dining experience less than enjoyable. Generally our restaurant isn't noisy, and hope you will give us another try. Regards, Shafiul

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Ellie
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely food, great service. As I work locally, I will be going back.

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

Hello Ellie, Thank you for your leaving us a lovely review-its much appreciated. Regards, Shafiul

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Dabreo
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The location is great as it is just by London Bridge station. The restaurant is downstairs in a closed-off room so not great for the summer months but ideal for the majority of the year when it's dark and cold! The seating can be a little close to each other and the decor is uninspiring. If you book and can, request a seat against the wall where it is padded - otherwise you get the very hard seats which I never understand restaurants have, unless they don't want you to stay too long! The food was great quality, moderate portions but enough, that made up for the uncomfortable seating and uninspiring decor.

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

Dabreo, Thank you for leaving us a review. We agree with your assessment of furniture which we inherited when we took over 14 months ago. We are hoping to modernise the restaurant soon and have taken your comments on board. In the meantime, hope you will carry on supporting us, and look forward to seeing you soon. Regards, Shafiul

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AbbeyB
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not bad as far as a curry goes, have had better. Drinks overpriced.

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you for leaving us a review, love to know how we could improve. Please do get in touch with us social@silka.co.uk. Regards, Shafiul

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JenniferS
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and the service was very attentive. Plenty of vegetarian options.

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

JenniferS, Thank you for you kind review, its much appreciated. Regards Shafiul

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BarbaraL
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One if the best Indian meals I have ever had. The food was outstanding, excellent service, and courteous staff. Would highly recommend.

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

BarbaraL, Thank you for your review, Really pleased to hear of your positive experience. We hope to see you soon. Regards, Shafiul

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RichardB
Jersey
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Went here for a casual business lunch. Booked based on largely positive reviews on open table. The place was totally empty so atmosphere and ambiance were lacking - in stark contrast to nearby restaurants where customers were queuing round the block. Despite the lack of any other customers, the service was slow and unfriendly. The food took longer to arrive than I would have expected, even if it had been prepared from scratch (which I strongly suspect wasn’t the case). When it arrived, the food was perfectly fine, although one of my guests was given lamb when he had ordered chicken. A replacement was made, but grudgingly rather than with any kind of apology for the mistake. Whilst the food was ok, it certainly didn’t look or taste freshly prepared and the prices were overly high such that I would not have been happy paying out of my own pocket.

Overall I was unimpressed and would not return. Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Ok for lunch friendly staff

Silka
Responded on 24 May 2019

Thank you for your review!

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TonyK
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food.
Friendly and prompt service.
Clean and efficient kitchen - can be seen through a partition window.
And good value for such a central location.

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viptimphillips
London
8 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

London Bridge and Bermondsey are surprisingly poor for modern Indian food, especially for vegetarians, but Silka was excellent. The food is freshly cooked, and the spices were strong and well-used to differentiate the different dishes. Would recommend eating the small plates to get a taste of the full range of what they cook. The bill was not expensive, and the staff (thought they had a lot to do) were friendly.

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HelenR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service. The food was well presented and we were made to feel very welcome.

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Sarnge
London
14 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place, good food and decent prices. Staff were nice too.

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vipJonny
London
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great food and service. Varied menu of old favourites and dishes to discover. Very much enjoyed it and will be returning soon.

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TonyB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It took time to find the entrance to the restaurant but once you descend the stairs you are greeted with the aroma of wonderful food. We were promptly seated and attended to. The service was professional and friendly. The food was mouthwatering and excellent value. Quickly the restaurant filled up with the buzz of a groups meeting after work. In summary, a popular restaurant that deserves its high rating for food and atmosphere.

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Escoffer
London
8 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is the umpteenth time I’ve eaten here and for the first time I was a tad disappointed. The service, as usual, was excellent my friend had a lovely curry which he enjoyed very much. Sadly, the dish I ordered, Vegetable Biryani, was below par. It was basically a large bowl if rice with so few vegetables in it that I counted them. Six in total four bits of potato (in rice?) and four cauliflower stalks. I ate it. I was hungry. But if that’s the way they serve it I shall avoid this dish in future.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I absolutely loved this restaurant the staff
Are really friendly and the food was good
There are some things on the menu that are quite spicy .For me that was amazing but for others not so much but overall this experiance was very good after my meal the waiter gave me a free ice-cream and I enjoyed having something to cool my mouth down with. Karl age 10

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LesC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Food very tasty. Menu limited which in an Indian is a sign of good quality.

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TerryT
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class Indian food, very well presented with friendly staff.
Will visit again and recommend friends.

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CheryleC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table last minute on New Year's Eve. Very friendly staff and excellent food. Will highly recommend

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JaneC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was some of the best Indian food I have ever had, all freshly made. We will definitely be back!

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MartynC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always good. Waiters excellent. I also go to Est.India and Mango for years

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and great service

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Danielle
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy a nice for dinner here. Good service and great food.

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DarioM
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Venue is nothing special but nice and not too loud... the food is absolutely delicious

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NiallA
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous find, great food and staff were really nice and pleasant!! Wanted to return the following day but they were closed!! Their day off!! Will return again.

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maggiel
London
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

If there was an a option not to leave any stars I would have chosen it as when we got there there was a note on the door saying closed for maintenance!

Silka
Responded on 9 November 2018

Dear Maggiel, We sincerely apologiese for the inconveinece caused by the water leak in the restaurant. Please get in touch with us on social@silka.co.uk so we can make this right. regards, Silka

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FAQs

Silka does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo and Uber Eats. Silka also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7378 6161.

Silka is rated 4 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.