Silk Road


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Time Out rating:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>3</span>/5

User ratings:

<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>5</span>/5
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Venue details

  • Address:

    Silk Road 49 Camberwell Church St
    SE5 8TR

  • Venue phone:

    020 7703 4832

  • Transport:

    Tube: 12, 36, 68, OR 171 bus

  • Price:

    Meal for two with drinks and service: around £30

  • Map

    1. Silk Road
      • 49 Camberwell Church St
        SE5 8TR
      • 020 7703 4832
      • 51.473995,-0.089575

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<strong>Rating: </strong><span class='lf-avgRating'>0</span>/5

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:7
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:0
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sweet chilli

This restaurant did not meet the expectations at all, all the positive comments made me give it a try but honestly it was disappointing. We went on a friday after calling to reserve a table for two at 8:30pm, as we arrived the atmosphere felt too loud and almost market like. after odering our meal, it came 35 mins late at 9:10pm!!! How does that happen?? i asked the waiter what was taking so long and he said it was due to the many people there, yet when two white customers came after us and sat beside's us, they received their meal within 10mins if not less. Not only that my order which was a lamb noodle came with no lamb whatsoever, it was poor value for money, as i could have got better tasting food at my local chinese take away. if your'e going to have a lamb dish, at least put lamb in the dish instead of four scraps! This is a place i will not return to, the menu is limited and the atmosphere is rather crap, no music just random conversations everywhere. Horrible! another thing which was off putting was when we got our starter( Cold pork) since it was cold we waited for the rest of our hot meal to be served before eating it as it tasted weird cold, every time a waiter went past they would stare at our plate of pork??!! like whats that about? really off putting. reconsider going there if your complexion is anything but white.


Love silk road, have been going for 4 years at least every 2 months and have never had a bad experience. Don't like typical chinese restaurants and love that there is nothing sweet but lots of spice and garlic used in their dishes. Their handpulled noodles and dumplings are to die for. You just have to know what to order. Their luxury noodle with a fried egg is without a doubt my fav on the menu. Yes it is kind of canteen style but that what authentic chinese is all about. Its my chinese heaven.


One of the best dinner places around this area, honest quality food at a very reasonable price. I cant fault it, you should eat here! you wont regret it

E Honda

A nice change from regular Chinese fare but totally overrated. Xinjiang options are nice to see but also quite limited really. The much vaunted lamb skewers are soggy and slimy. Much better in Chinatown's Empress of Sichuan to name just one option. Xinjiang noodles tasty but far too salty. Homestyle aubergine quite good but too oily and, as with everything here, plastered in chopped garlic (though that's how it is in China half the time). Fried dumplings (aka potstickers or guotie) were horrible. Packet ones dumped in a deep fryer and covered in old oil. Not authentic at all. The other dumplings I've had on previous occasions are way better. Service efficient but sullen. Toilets dreadful. This place was good about four years ago but has got so used to serving up 'big bowl chicken' to Guardian readers that they've really got lazy and standards are nothing like what they were. All that said, it can usually be relied on for a good value feed if you're short of options.


Excellent place. Staff are actually really friendly but not in the normal subservient way you get at most restaurants. Food is amazing and the people I have brought here come back themselves again and again. Timeout have got the rating wrong I'm afraid.


Great atmosphere, easily accessible, fresh & affordable food are all the reasons why Silk Road is as busy as it is! Food is as spicy as it is tasty so expect a mouthwatering experience!!!! And the noodles - wow - they are awesomely long & very thick. Any discrepancies with the staff are due to culture differences as opposed to blatant rudenes...! Seriously fabulous food so grab a crowd & enjoy!


Very accurate review by Time Out, pity the rating does not match it! Went there the other night and found the pace a true gem. It reminds me of a Trastevere trattoria, were good manners are not necessarily a good sign ;-) And the noodles mentioned in the review are truly exceptional: larger than Italian pappardelle and you can see them making them on a table in the kitchen. Back soon for more!