Time Out says
The fifth branch of a chain that began with Rosa's in Spitalfields.
This informal Thai restaurant comes from a group now with seven venues in London. It all began from a Brick Lane street food stall back in 2008, which proved so successful a restaurant proper in Spitalfields swiftly followed. This one, just off Upper Street, is the group's fifth.
The focus is on accessible Thai dishes, with some less-known options thrown in, too. Expect, then, dishes such as green, red and massaman curries, pad Thai noodles, tom yum soups and papaya salads alongside northern-style spicy sausage and special menus showcasing dishes from different regions from across Thailand.
The drink selection ranges from a short wine list to Chang beer, Thai whisky coffee and cocktails such as a kaffir and lime toreador and a blackberry and tamarind rum punch. Thai iced teas, Monmouth coffee and chilled lemongrass infusions also feature.
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Wilton Street is what I call a rather uninspiring street in Victoria. However, the restaurant Rosa’s Thai Café is usually crowded so I decided to give it a try. It's not the normal sort of Thai one finds in London. Clearly it has been catered for a Western palate where some of the quirkier aspects of Thai cuisine are missing, and the chilli impact rather lacking, but when it is going to taste good, who cares? A somewhat small menu can usually be taken as a positive sign.
However, this was not the case when my Prawn Red Curry Paste Stir Fry which I opted for with Coconut rice, instead of Mixed Jasmine & Brown Rice (£7.50) arrived. The Coconut rice tasted overly sweet rather than tasting of coconut - a tin of coconut cream had literally been poured over it. As for the curry, it lacked the ‘in-your-face’ aromatic qualities I was hoping for.
For dessert, the Coconut Ice Cream which I ordered upon recommendation by their waitress tasted like eating dish soap. The Mango Sticky Rice, which is one of my favourite dessert treats I order whenever I can in Thai restaurants and usually turns me into an addict by the end of the meal, needed far more salty-sweet seasoning. The Coconut Sticky rice which is made to complement the mango and not the other way round lacked the correct consistency. Overall the service was average – the staff were not rude but not very friendly either.
Rosa’s Thai which is part of a chain with branches in Spitalfields, Angel and Soho do offer reasonable prices with noodles and main dishes all under £10.00. The location means it has the potential to attract both tourists and office workers who are likely to be time constrained. However from this experience, I couldn’t possibly recommendit as a destination restaurant.
I popped in after work for some takeaway noodles. When I got home I realised they were not freshly cooked and pre made, in a container sealed with cellophane! Much like a ready meal you would find in a supermarket!!
I was so disappointed in what I thought was a reputable restaurant ... Makes me wonder how much of their food is freshly prepared????
Authentic Thai with great service and convivial atmosphere. Easily trumps the other nearby Upper St Thais - Isan & Thai Square. Coming from someone who lived in Thailand.
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