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Rosa's Thai Cafe

Restaurants, Thai Brixton
2 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

Time Out says

A new branch - this time in Brixton - of the popular Thai restaurant.

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Address: 36 Atlantic Road
London
SW9 8JW
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Users say (4)

2 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

1.7 / 5

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tastemaker

We visited for a friend's birthday on a Saturday night and booked a private room for around 15 of us.


Due to this we had to take the set menu, which was £20 each.


This included a number of sharing plates - satay, wings and salad to start, and then red curry, green curry and fried beef with steamed rice.


Whilst the service was very good, being in a private room gave us our own waiter for drinks, actually the food was just ok. It felt like we didn't really get much to eat per person, probably less than a starter and main per person.


In terms of taste, it was very average, which not necessarily a negative, doesn't really cut it with so many great options right near by in Brixton Village and Market row.


As for the drinks, I only had beer and some prosecco on this occasion. In terms of beer, this was limited to just Chang or a local lager, as the IPA wasn't available. It would be good to have some more options.


Overall, it was fine. I wouldn't rush back, but if I discovered that someone else had decided to have a celebration there, I wouldn't be "washing my hair".

tastemaker

I’m sorry to say, we agree with most of the below! Looking at the smart branding, warm atmosphere and helpful staff, we thought we’d have a wonderful time.

Having said this, the quality of the food and drinks were poor. Our cocktails were quite frankly undrinkable, the Banana Old Fashioned is a crime against whiskey. And the Lemon Grass G&T just tasted like supermarket bought lemonade.

So, could the food resurrect this poor start? The satay sauce was nice, but our chicken wings were raw at the centre. The lovely staff did take this off our bill, but the damage was done.

Main course could definitely still save the day, but alas. The Red Curry was distinctly average, and for £16 when combined with rice, it needed to be better! Filled with grapes, pineapple and whole cherry tomatoes, there weren’t any authentic ingredients in the curry, despite the tasty sauce, which could well have been another supermarket job. My wife’s prawn dish was also disappointing. The predominate flavour was not even present, the oyster sauce, the basil, the prawns and the chilli blended into a sort of savoury boredom.

So, the bill. We’d had one dish knocked off, the staff were great, I was thinking: 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 cocktails: £40. £62.61 was our fate. Not worth it at all!!

Apologies Rosa’s but we will not be coming back.


 The food is good but portions are small. They do a lunch time deal with 3 items including a main which I used to buy and take home to eat. I was really dissapointed yesterday, when I was told by the waiter that they stopped doing it as a take away. I asked for the reason for this as the eat in and take away prices are the same and I couldn't understand why I had to stay in the restaurant to eat my food. The waiter wasn't helpful and just told me that the manager told him so. Lunch time deal was  the main reason why I kept going back there and if they continue not serving it as a take away, I will not be going there as regularly as before. Very unreasonable.

tastemaker

It's been a while since I've had decent Thai food... Unfortunately, today is not going to be that day. Recently opened in Brixton, with a modern diner look to it. The waitress wasn't really helpful with recommendations so we chose a variety, picking some statement Thai dishes and some of Rosa's own.

The food took a while to arrive and were just average to me. The beef in the dishes were tough and dry, the rice was hard, pad thai too sweet... I could keep going. The portions were also quite small so we ordered a few more dishes after our initial order arrived. These again took long to arrive so we weren't feeling it by the time they did. Big mistake on the beef mussaman as it was watery and same issues as the other beef dishes. I liked the peanut sauce in the fresh rolls, but these were like Vietnamese summer rolls and would have been nicer with some meat. Chicken wings were ok when dipped in the sweet chili sauce, but otherwise slightly dry.

I tried to give feedback to the waitress regarding the food, but she just shrugged and looked at us blankly. We shouldn't have bothered ordering the extra food. This place claim to be authentic, but it really isn't at all.

Wheelchair access: One good thing I can say is that this place was completely accessible with toilets.

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