Review: Rosa’s Thai Café
Rosa’s Thai Café, a small chain of Thai restaurants born out of London’s east end, offers authentic Thai food served with love.
One sunny Saturday, myself and two girlfriends decided to go for dinner at Rosa’s Thai in Angel. Having previously been to the Soho branch and talking about it non-stop since, it was time for another visit.
Rosa’s restaurants are small and intimate, making the dining experience great for catching up with friends (or a cheeky date 🙂 ).
It was a rare warm day in London so I ordered a cocktail to drink – the Blackberry & Tamarind Rum Punch. This is not your typical rum punch but a refreshing, slightly fizzy and citrusy drink. It could have been a little sweeter for me but made a nice accompaniment to the meal.
We got some starters to share between us: Crispy Prawns, Chicken Satay and Thai Calamari. All arrived at the table piping hot and smelling absolutely amazing.
Having tried the prawns on my last visit to Rosa’s, I knew I definitely wanted to order these again. They come with a delicious sweet chilli sauce that I wish I could have bottled up and taken away with me. The calamari is some of the best I’ve had, salty and flavoursome with a perfectly crispy coating – my favourite out of the trio of starters. The chicken skewers, having been prepared in a lemongrass marinade had a slight sweetness that went amazingly with the peanut sauce. I’d recommend all three dishes – just don’t fill up too much on starters!
It took me a while to decide on a main dish because everything on the menu sounds so good. I finally decided to go for the Roasted Duck Curry (‘gaeng ped’) with a side of brown rice.
The curry honestly blew my mind. The duck had been cooked perfectly and was tender and flavoursome. What made the dish particularly special was the added sweetness from the grapes and pineapple.
I had never had fruit in a curry prior to this and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it went with the duck. I chose brown rice as white rice tends to make me bloat but it was a delicious alternative and came with a sprinkling of fried garlic on the top.
On my last visit to Rosa’s Thai I had the Beef Mussaman Curry (‘mussaman nuar’), a yellow curry with potatoes and cashew nuts. I would also highly recommend this dish. It’s what made my decision this time round so difficult!
The great thing about the way the dishes are served is that they all come separately and you’re given an empty plate, meaning you can mix and match with your dining partner(s).
I was left stuffed and extremely satisfied with my meal and the cherry on top was the price, around £25 each for two (big) courses and cocktails.
The restaurant was very busy with bookings that evening so definitely book ahead if you plan on going for dinner. Superb food served with love, Rosa’s makes a great spot for any occasion.
Rosa’s Thai Café has 9 locations across London – find your nearest one here.