On Tuesday night, Pink Media invited myself and other Liverpool bloggers to sample the new menu at Silk Rd Tapas. Tucked away on Beetham Plaza and a short walk from Castle Street, Silk Rd Tapas opened in January, bringing a taste of the exotic to the Business District. We where kindly treated to the three courses of delicious tapas, all inspired by the historic Silk Road – a foodie journey travelling from Asia to Europe.
Owner Javier introduced us to the influences of Silk Rd’s menu, exploring all of the different tastes and flavours that the restaurant offer. In between courses, restaurant manager Adam prepared and talked us through the serves of different gins that accompanied each course perfectly.
Gin and Course One: Martin Millers gin with Silk Rd starters
We started off with a Martin Millers gin with Fever Tree elderflower tonic, served with black pepper and strawberries. Adam explained how Silk Rd Tapas always serve gin in a goblet full of ice and half filled with tonic, so not to dilute the flavour of the gin. The Martin Millers gin was sweet and something I would usually go for on a menu.
For starters we had the Silk Rd platter, consisting of pitta bread with hummus, tsatsiki, tirokafteri and Asian avocado dip. The hummus and avocado went down very well. We also got Gyoza – pork dumpling with a soy & chilli dip – and Tablita – a Spanish platter of serrano ham, manchego cheese, mixed olives and fresh bread with balsamic & olive oil. The Tablita stole the show for me, and is something I would order again, but the extra dish of honey glazed halloumi was delicious.
Gin and Course Two: Gin Mare and Mains
Gin number two was an unexpected hit! Gin Mare served with orange, rosemary and Fever Tree mediterranean tonic. Adam told us how the rosemary placed by the straw brings out the smell and taste of the orange zest. It honestly got better with every sip.
My favourite tapas from the main course where the soft shell crab bao, cauliflower steak and patas pobre with chorizo. All of the dishes where delicious and I’m sad I didn’t try the chickpea curry but I was honestly too full from that bao! The portions are really generous and three tapas dishes would do two people sharing fine.
Gin Number Three and Dessert: Malfy Con Lemon
The final gin of the evening was a Malfy Con Lemon gin, with fresh lemon and Fever Tree Indian tonic. Just like a lemon sorbet with an alcoholic kick, Malfy Con Lemon was a super refreshing gin that cleansed the palette. Malfy Gin is from the Almalfi Coast in Italy, and has recently only became available in the UK. It was a close call between this and the Gin Mare for my favourite, but I think I’ll be ordering Malfy Con Lemon next time I see it on a menu.
The two desserts we ate where Banana Fritter with coconut ice cream, and Eton Mess. I’m not a fan of meringue and found the Eton Mess too sweet, but I could have a happily ate another full portion of the banana fritters.
A huge thank-you to Silk Rd Tapas for the beautiful food (and all the gin!), and Pink Media for organising the event. I’d excited to return and get my gin passport stamped!
Silk Rd Tapas also have a restaurant in Heswall on The Wirral.
This was an paid for event but all views and pictures are my own.