Finally made it to Silk Road last night. I can't believe it took me this long to try this place.
Four of us ate:
8 lamb kebabs - These were spicy and delicious. I especially liked the fatty bits.
Middle-Plate-Chicken - Delicious spicy broth with potatoes and pieces of chicken on the bone. This is a smaller version of the big-plate-chicken I guess. Really really good, I loved the flavors in the broth.
Lamb and onion dumplings - The best dumplings I have had in London so far, and the best lamb dumplings I've ever had (better than Mandarin Islamic in San Francisco). Really good. And you get 10 for £2.50! We had to do rock-paper-scissors do decide who got the two extras....probably on my next visit we'll just get two orders.
Homestyle Aubergine - This was different than any of us expected. Skinless aubergine in small cubes, with chilies, tomato and a lot of garlic. Nice flavor - reminded me more of Central Asian eggplant dishes I've had before than of other Chinese eggplant dishes.
Homestyle Cabbage - Bright green cabbage, stir fried with dried and fresh chilies and in a slightly sweet sauce. Delicious, nice crunch to the cabbage.
Cold Shredded Kelp Salad - The sauce was REALLY garlicky, and a bit goopy. This was my least favorite thing that we ordered, as I prefer seaweed salads when they are in lighter dressings. But still pretty good.
Two orders of rice.
Pot of jasmine tea, a few beers
Total bill was £40 before tip.
The restaurant was crowded, and there were some serious service issues - the food took a really really long time to come out. We noticed that this was a problem for all the tables, not just us.....our lamb kebabs were the first to arrive, about 35 minutes after we ordered. This was followed by the middle-plate-chicken, but despite our asking about them twice, the noodles for the middle-plate-chicken didn't come out for another 45 minutes! This meant that the soup was practically cold by the time the noodles arrived, but the heat of the noodles brought it up to a warm temperature again. So, it was a long meal, but the food was great, and I will definitely be back. Especially for more dumplings.