Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Spitalfields is one of six in this chain of restaurants across London, boasting authentic Thai cuisine mixed with some of their own original recipes. Rosa’s originated in the East End of London and was born in a street stall on Brick Lane in 2008. They celebrate their homeland by serving up rich and flavoursome Thai food with ingredients sourced as locally as possible.
Rosa’s was brought to us by a British husband and Thai wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore. Having read quite a few reviews of this Thai chain and walking past the Spitalfields site on numerous occasions I was looking forward to pulling up a pew and sampling some great dishes. Personally I loved the relaxed and quaint atmosphere in Rosa’s whilst still having a positive buzz with lots of diners coming and going. There were big groups of friends, solo diners, couples and many a walk in picking up a takeaway. Testament I think to the great flavour and selection of dishes they have to offer.
The food was served on authentic plates and bowls you would imagine in that of a traditional Thai Mama’s home. Cocktails came in mason jars and included ingredients such as ginger, lemongrass, coconut and coriander complimenting the cuisine with their fresh and light taste.
Saiphin recommends these Pandan Chicken Wings to start served with a homemade sweet chilli sauce. The Chicken wings are fried with Pandan leaves and are crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. The crispiness of the fried chicken is like nothing I’ve ever tried before with the skin being thin and full of flavour.
These char-grilled pork skewers are cooked in a honey and soy marinade but it is the accompanying tamarind dipping sauce which really sets these alive. This marmalade style dip has a real kick to it that excites the taste buds and worked well on the chicken wings too.
For my main I order Chicken Pad Thai and my friend ordered the Chicken Green Curry with steamed rice. These are two dishes I cook at home so understand the simplicity of them but at the same time I can appreciate a good curry and plate of noodles. The ingredients were fresh and full of flavour which contributed and combined to make this one of the most enjoyable plates of Pad Thai I’ve ever had. Sometimes the egg can be rubbery, the chicken dry and the bean-sprouts a little limp but each ingredient in this dish was of great quality and extremely yummy.
I pinched a little of the Green Curry too, obviously only so I could let you all know about it! This is one of Thailand’s most loved curries and a dish we have seen cropping up on menu’s across the UK for some time now. It’s lightness due to the coconut milk differs to that of Indian and chinese curries we are used to, but packed full of flavour and aroma’s its no wonder this dish is becoming a fast favourite. Rosa’s chicken green curry was the first I’ve had with mushrooms and the earthiness worked really well.
The service was a little slow but to be honest this suited us and fitted with the relaxed laid back atmosphere of the cafe. However, something to bear in mind if you like hands on attention or you’re looking for a quick in and out bite to eat.
Open for lunch, afternoon snacks and dinner across 6 sites in London – Angel, Carnaby, Chelsea, Soho, Spitalfields and Stratford Westfield.