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On the larger scale, the Silk Road is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asian with the Mediteranean

On a smaller scale, Silk Road Restaurant is an inexpensive, no-nonsense Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of the Walnut Creek dining and shopping district.

world as well as North Africa and Europe. , it was not surprising to find Italian food on the menu.

The place is clean, well-lit and comfortable and the service is attentive but not overbearing. The menu is varied and offers not only Mediterranean food but also pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches. Appetizers, such as hummus, baba ghanoush, (mashed eggplant mixed with vegetables) tabbouleh, (Lebanese salad dish) and dolmas (stuffed grape leaves) are priced fairly at $4.95 and they don’t skimp on the portions.

At the start of the meal, we were brought an appetizer of Middle Eastern flatbread baked in a wood burning and a bowl of olive oil, vinegar and garlic dipping sauce at no charge. The dipping sauce, if you can manage not to eat it all with the bread, is great as a salad dressing as well.

 

I was tempted by the lunch specials because of their variety, but it seemed like a lot of food. There are three lunch specials priced at $9.95 and according to our waiter each includes a little taste of four items. Number one includes hummus, organic baby greens, a Greek burger and chicken kabob. Number two features hummus, a Greek salad, a grilled chicken breast sandwich and skewers of ground beef and Number three is hummus, a Caesar salad, a gyros sandwich and a chicken kabob.

I decided I’d try a lunch special when I didn’t have to go back to work. Instead, I ordered the Greek Salad with a chicken kabob for $10.95. The Greek salad was made with all the traditional ingredients: tomato, cucumber, white onion, feta cheese and kalamata olives. It was lightly dressed with mint and olive oil. The chicken kabob, which often run dry from overcooking, was tender and moist and served with a light but creamy garlic sauce that mixed well with the salad.

My dining companion had the falafel sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki sauce for $7.95. The portion was enough for two, so she took half of it home for dinner.

The menu also includes many specialties, including baked trout with saffron basmati rice and garden fresh vegetables for $15.95 and moussaka, which is layers of eggplant and ground lamb served with a spicy red sauce for $14.95.

Because the historic Silk Roads were significant in the development of India, China, Egypt, Persia, Arabia, and Rome, I wasn't surprised to find Italian food on the menu.

The pasta selection has traditional Italian favorites such as chicken fettuccini with mushrooms, carrots, dill, parsley, tomato and a light tomato cream sauce for $13.95 and seafood linguine with shrimp spinach, herbs, mushrooms and sun-dried tomato in a light tomato sauce. There’s also penne, angel hair vegetarian, and house-made ravioli priced between $12.95 and $13.90. Pizzas and calzones go for $10.95. Silk Road has a good selection of wine by the glass and by the bottle and beers on tap.


I had been to the Silk Road Restaurant & Lounge in Oakland’s Jack London Square a few years ago but the two eateries are not related. The Oakland location served Vietnamese fusion. Silk Road Restaurant in Walnut Creek has indoor and outdoor seating and is open from 11:30 to 10 p.m. Sun. to Thurs. On Fri. and Sat. the hours are 11:30 to 11 p.m. It is located at 1440 North Main St. in Walnut Creek. Reach them at (925)932-9090 or at http://www.silkroadwalnutcreek.com.--KB

 

Last Updated (Wednesday, 23 March 2011 00:59)

 

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0 #1 2010-01-11 23:48
Our absolute favorite restaurant. The food is great and the people are all so nice.
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