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Rosa's Thai Café

Restaurants, Thai Angel
3 out of 5 stars
(5user reviews)
 (Alex Maguire)
Alex Maguire
 (Alex Maguire)
Alex Maguire

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.  

Rosa's Thai Café says
Born in the East; raised in the East End. A celebration of homeland and home, we serve punchy Thai food with ingredients sourced as locally as possible: from London-grown Thai basil to English butternut; seasonal curries to spring rolls.



Address: 6 Theberton Street
N1 0QX
Transport: Tube: Angel
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Users say (5)

3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

2.8 / 5

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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.


The Islington brunch feels lighter and more contemporary than the East London original. It is also less busy. The menu is largely the same as far as I can tell, and the house specials as recommended by the owner are clearly marked and as a rule of thumb really are your best bet. I love their drunken noodles. Thai iced tea served in a mason jar with an old-fashioned paper straw is lovely too, but I do ask for a less sweet version. However, some items on the menu feel overpriced, as is the case with their veggie stir-fry: for £10 (if you throw in jasmine rice) I got a few flash-fried broccoli florets, maybe 3 slices of zucchini and some average tasting tofu. I would recommend looking at what the people at the tables around eat before ordering!

They also insist on using melamine plates, and i am just not a fan of those. They claim melamine is mostly safe when in contact with food, but then Thai food is more fermented than European, so you never know. 

Take away

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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Staff Writertastemaker

Tiny little place but great fast service so worth sticking around for a table if its busy.

Smallish menu but everything we tried was tasty and very affordable for the area. The Pad Thai was so delicious, as were the spring Rolls. Very friendly staff well worth a visit!

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