Pan Asian

The Silk Restaurant

The Silk Restaurant is the architectural focal point of the Courthouse Hotel and Michelin recommended. Once a real magistrates court, the place retains its character with wood panelling, judges bench and dock combined with a far eastern influence in keeping with its Asian Fusion inspired menu.

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Starters consisted of pan seared scallops with artichokes and strawberries and tiger prawns with pineapples. The fruit against the scallops and prawns was a unique yet refreshing combination.

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In keeping with the history of the building, the menu was presented in a wooden book resembling that of a judges bench book. For  mains we opted for the the Hainanese Chicken which was corn fed supreme of chicken with a soya and spicy sauce cooked extra hot on request and Kapproa Chicken which was semi dry chicken juliennes with a sweet basil sauce. The chicken in both dishes was moist and well seasoned. The flavour was subtle and not as poignant as you would expect, leaving a not so memorable first bite. Both dishes lacked any form of sauce to bring to life the accompanied rice. Overall, the mains were a disappointment.

In addition, presentation could be improved for a restaurant housed within a 5* hotel.

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Dessert consisted of five spice spring roll with a ginger flavoured ice cream. The ginger flavour was overpowering which unfortunately was unpleasant to the taste buds. The lemongrass chocolate mousse with rose chilli jelly had a delectable smooth texture which melted in the mouth effortlessly. 20141203_19320020141203_193140

Overall, the experience of dining at the Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court which once witnessed the trials of Oscar Wilde, Mick Jagger and John Lennon is more of a novelty that the food.

 

Disclaimer: Only the chicken and lamb is halal.

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