Business lunch review: Silk Rd
Beetham Plaza, Liverpool, L2
Review by Liam Deveney
Enjoying a prime yet discreet location in Liverpool’s Commercial District, Silk Rd is a restaurant which promises to ‘bring to life the food, drinks and soul’ of the ancient Silk Road.
Sharing the owners’ passion for food and travel, the menu offers a diverse range of dishes influenced by the network of trade routes which connected East and West.
During our visit we were well served by our waiter Mark, who showed us to a comfortable booth and thereafter was a model of courtesy and assistance, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for food and setting the tone for a most congenial lunch.
Silk Road’s menu is diverse, with dishes to suit a wide range of palates including numerous gluten-free and vegetarian options. We plumped for two tapas dishes for £8 (Mon-Thurs only) and were glad we did.
As an appetiser, we chose Crusty Kalamata Olive Bread (£3) served with olive oil and balsamic vinegar: a deliciously light plate, the perfect precursor to lunch.
My vegetarian dining partner noted with pleasure the abundance of dishes marked with a ‘V’ – “a rare sight in Liverpool” – and decided upon a Moroccan salad which was “wonderfully yummy” – and Colombo Tamarind curry served with naan bread. I’m reliably informed that he chose well.
I selected fried seabass on a bed of red curry fragrant rice, which was simply delectable, and Yaour Tlou – savoury beef kebabs topped with Greek yoghurt and spiced tomato sauce and dusted with paprika – which proved to be the perfect complement.
Working diners can stay abreast of business in between courses with strong WiFi and a generous supply of power points. The aforementioned booths offer privacy as well as comfort, providing an inconspicuous venue should one be required.
Sadly, with an afternoon meeting to attend, both coffee and dessert were skipped although we were both wholly sated from our great value tapas.
The warm and attentive staff, the excellently executed menu and the natural light pouring in through the large glass panes ensure that Silk Road provides a convivial and satisfying experience – one which is sure to prove popular with both the city’s residents and the many visitors who enjoy Liverpool hospitality throughout the year.
The owners hope that their guests will ‘feel our passion for travel, our love for fresh food and our desire to share it with you’.
Your reviewer can confirm that this hope is fully realised in their charming restaurant. My recommendation could not be any higher