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The Silk Road

The Silk Road Restaurant in Central Milton Keynes has under gone a bit of a makeover recently with a refurbishment inside and a new menu to tempt the taste buds, so going to sample it all was a welcome change to a night in front of the TV watching the soaps.

Located just across the road from the main Milton Keynes railway station the parking in the evening was really easy right outside. The restaurant is large and really nicely decorated inside and a welcoming bar area greets you, then you move through to the main dining area. The waiting staff were really good; accommodating without being overbearing and before we knew our drinks order had arrived.

The name of the restaurant gives a clue to the type of cuisine. The famous Silk Road trading route went from China all the way through India and on to the Mediterranean. The menu is a mix of Indian and Chinese dishes but there is no doubt the main focus is on Indian cooking and with a list of tempting dishes it took us a long time to choose. They offer two banquet menus; a standard Indian banquet and a mixed, which has Indian and Chinese dishes. As enticing as these looked we decided to choose from the a-la-carte menu.

For starters I chose Pakora Ki Thali which was a mix of vegetarian tikki; spinach and potato cake, paneer tikka, crisp onion bhaji and vegetable samosa. When it arrived I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage it all but the mix of smaller dishes was really good, especially the paneer cheese, it should definitely feature on more menus. My other half chose the Konkan Kekada; a delicacy from the western coastal region of India, soft shell crab dipped in a light batter. I was reliably informed that it was delicious and it certainly didn’t stick around on the plate long enough for me to get to try it.

For mains the choice was even more extensive again with a mix of Indian and Chinese dishes but we decided to stay with the Indian theme. My other half went for the very non-English sounding ‘Railway Mutton Curry’ but we discovered it comes from the early days of British rule in India and was a dish served in the railway canteens, chunks of mutton cooked on the bone in its own juices with ginger, caramelised onions and hot aromatic spices. It went for one of my favourites Bhatti Ka Jhinga; king prawns grilled in the tandoor clay oven. We also ordered some lemon pilau rice, naan bread and some Okra stir fired with onions, black onion seeds and yogurt.

I couldn’t even manage a dessert but my other half could (surprise, surprise) and with quite a mix to choose from like fresh mango brule, strawberry fluff cheesecake and a selection of kulfis; he finally chose the vanilla panna cotta which was one of the best I’ve ever tasted, well I did manage the odd mouthful and they did bring us two spoons, so it wasn’t my fault.

Summary:
The Silk Road really is a hidden gem; all the food was delicious and it was plain to see that the Chef has really tried to offer authentic dishes that capture the heritage and national diversity of the cuisine in their chosen area. They also offer theme nights throughout the year with entertainment and special dishes, and they have a takeaway menu with 15% and 30% discounts available. The Sunday Buffet is also great value at just £9.95 for adults and £5.95 for children (7-11 years) plus children can eat for free with every paying adult. If you like Indian or Chinese - definitely give The Silk Road a try, it won't disappoint!

Facilities:

Offers
Daily offers are available including Two-4-Tuesdays and Bottoms Up on Wednesdays

Disabled facilities
Restaurant is all on one level

Parking
Parking available is Pay & Display up until 6pm everyday after that time it is FREE