Being our anniversary and feeling we had something to celebrate R and I decided to go out for dinner. It was 40 degrees in the shade during the day...a tough time to work up any kind of appetite. We decided to take a chance at Silk Route a relatively new place in town with a reputation for good Asian food as we could not access the telephone number of the restaurant.
It seemed full of life when we entered. No space in the lounge which, we were told, was a "nice place to sit about having a drink". But we immediately got a small table for two in the corner and heaved a sigh of relief in the cool air conditioned atmosphere.
R's usually irrepressible spirits were somewhat dampened by the look of total incomprehension on the stewards face when told it was a special occasion for us.However we ordered a half beer each while choosing starters from a large and varied menu. They had Chinese, Thai and Indonesian dishes on offer as well as Sushi.
For starters we chose Khoong ( Did they mean Goong?) Thod Kra Tiem Prik from the Thai menu. This was stir fried prawns flavoured with 'palette tingling' pepper and roasted garlic as well as a safe Indonesian Vegetarian Satay with peanut sauce.
The satay arrived first. It had mushrooms, onions, zucchini, broccoli and paneer on the the bamboo stick. These were supposed to have been marinated in five exotic herbs. The peanut sauce though quite tasty had no tang at all and no taste of peanuts either. The zucchini was uncooked, the paneer an awful idea in the kebab and about the only thing that tasted like it was meant to be was the broccoli which jelled well with the sauce, whatever its indeterminate nature.
The Thai prawns were slightly better with basil leaves and spring onions sauteed along with the prawns. A few slivers of red pepper gave the dish some colour.
For our main course we shared a Thai green curry with prawns Ghang (Goong ?) Kheaw Wan, flavoured with coconut milk and sweet basil. It was a hot and sweet curry, with flavours well blended but with shards of galangal floating in the curry, which had to delicately dumped from ones mouth.
Nobody offered us the menu again to choose a dessert and we decided enough was enough and gave it a miss.
The service was indifferent to downright bad, with food served sloppily, streaks of curry down the side of the serving dish. The decor uncertain with flocked wall paper, an aquarium, purple tablecloths, chairs upholstered in blue stripes, green ceramic tiled floors....everything a bit faded and dirty.
All in all a rather disappointing evening.
The long and the short of this tale is- take a detour to dinner if you must but avoid the Silk Route.