Zero rating is food for thought at The Silk Road

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One of the city’s most popular restaurants has been slapped with the lowest possible food hygiene rating.

The Silk Road in Central Milton Keynes was visited by a Food Standards Agency inspector in August and given a zero rating out of five, meaning ‘urgent improvement is necessary’.

The Asian restaurant, which specialises in Indian, Chinese and Thai food, recently announced it had been awarded a place in the prestigious Cobra Good Curry Guide 2013.

The general manager of The Silk Road, Hoq Abdul, strongly refutes the zero rating and takes issue with the manner in which it was handed out.

He said: “We are completely shocked by this rating and feel it is a very unfair reflection of the high standards we put into place at Silk Road.

“The inspector did not ask any questions about the food preparation, the handling of food or check temperatures, instead she was more interested in the staff bathroom wall that needed painting and the staff corridor that was congested due to a delivery at the time of her visit.

“The follow up letter has not specified where we have failed and we were given no chance to rectify these points before the rating was forced upon us.

“We will talk to the council and make our views strongly known and suggest a new method to their inspections as this is not a fair judgment and review on a restaurant.

“We welcome anyone to come into our kitchen and see for themselves and we know our loyal customers will know better than this report and show their support.”

Another city restaurant to be given a poor food hygiene report in August is the Nut & Squirrel.

The Westcroft pub was given a rating of one out of five, meaning ‘major improvement is necessary’.