Rosa's

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The name is coincidental (it belonged to the caff previously occupying the restaurant’s original Spitalfields site), but it seems appropriate for this cheery, low-key endeavour, run by an English husband/Thai wife team.

The scarlet frontage is echoed inside by red stools and lampshades; otherwise it’s all pale plywood furniture and corrugated-effect panelling. The basement has slightly bigger tables. It’s not comfortable and there’s zero atmosphere, but the emphasis is on speedy, casual budget dining, whether it’s local workers at lunch or Soho explorers for dinner.

The lengthy menu covers all the standards – fish cakes, spicy-sour soups, salads, stir fries and curries – with dishes marked with one, two or three chillies to indicate heat. Portions are generous, so you could cut costs by sharing a starter: ‘fresh’ spring rolls (similar to Vietnamese rice paper rolls) produced four hefty pieces. Green vegetable curry included proper Thai aubergines and big chunks of tofu; we’ve had better but it was a perfectly acceptable rendition. Best of all was a mouth-tingling, eye-wateringly hot som tam (shredded papaya salad with prawns, long beans, cherry tomatoes and cashew nuts and copious lime) – despite being only a two-chilli dish. To drink, there’s an assortment of teas (hot and cold) and Chang beer.

Venue name: Rosa's
Contact:
Address: 48 Dean Street
London
W1D 8BF
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
Price: Main courses £6-£16.50. Set meal £20.99-£30.99 2 courses.Meal for two with drinks and service: around £50

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:2
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:2
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Richard

My wife and I ate here on a trip to the city. Food was delicious and we had a lovely evening - until it was time to pay. We prefer to tip based on service given and had intended to do that, but our bill was brought back to us with the waitress claiming we hadn't paid the discretionary service charge. My wife suggested if it was discretionary then we didn't have to pay it but the waitress was insistent.silly really as we may have been tempted until then to leave more than 10% on the table. Just as we put on our jackets another waitress stopped us, claiming our banknotes were somehow out of date! We were horribly offended and felt they were suggesting we were somehow trying to defraud them and my wife suggested if they felt that way to call the police. They finally relented after we asked a waiter from Mother Mash across the road to explain to the staff that the notes were in date and legal tender. This fiasco spoilt what bad been a lovely meal out. Never again at Rosa's. If you're looking for dinner instead of drama try somewhere else.

Totoro

First review could not be more wrong. Good service and friendly staff. A great week day restaurant as the service is swift and food is good. I agree with the timeout review above.

Loveforhorses

Bad service!!!! It's a small Thai restaurant which serves both lunch and dinner, the decor is nice and the food was of good quality! The service however was not so great, terrible! First of all one of the glasses had the most disgusting smell the drink couldn't be drunk, the service is poor and theres only one person on hand to take orders clean, serve and answer the phone! It wasn't so busy when we first arrived but when customers where walking in the lady would only let people sit for an hour which seemed rude before the customer had even sat down or looked at the menus (not a great start). BEWARE as they over charge on the bill and do not give the correct change! The lady left is over £15 short and when confronted had a very unapologetic manor and horrible smirk on her face and seemed as this was planned! Overall would not go there again, nor recommend to a friend hence the 1/5 stars! Nice food but to be avoided.

Jane Ray

I had lunch here today which was so relaxing and friendly that I became a fixture until after dinner. The food here was excellent and they serve amazing calamari with a crispy seasoned batter. I then had a chicken dish which was a not to spicy, however it was full of flavour. Amazing