When I first came across Rosa's Thai Cafe, it was almost 2 years ago now. We stumbled across it as we were hungry for lunch and I had the best Tom Yum soup I've ever had. Much later down the line, and the small cafe in Shoreditch is now one of their many locations in London.
I went to visit their Angel branch recently- and although things had changed a lot since my last visit, the restaurant had kept the same aesthetic to the small cafe I originally visited. The staff were friendly, genuine and most of all, knew their stuff when it came to Thai cuisine.
Starters - Soft Shell Crab, Prawn tempura & Deep fried chicken wings.
Note: These were about the only thing I was able to photograph properly before diving in. (sorry)
Now, as amazing as that all looks- believe me when I say it tasted even better. I'm not a fan of soft shell crab, so my boyfriend polished that off- but I was told it was amazing. What I CAN comment on are the other two.
The prawn tempura was quite literally the best one I've ever eaten. NO JOKE. Light & fluffy yet crispy and satisfying, plus they were a really good size. The dipping sauce was far beyond any run of the mill sweet & sour you'd probably expect to come with a dish like this. Needless to say, we quickly polished these off & I was actually close to ordering another one.
The chicken wings were delicious! Me and my man-friend fought over the last one of these. They were deep fried, so I was expecting them to be a lot drier than they actually were, but they were really moist and most of all delicious!
Chilli & Holy Basil Stir Fry - With garlic, onion, long beans & chicken.
Chicken & Cashew Stir Fry (Gai Pad Metmamuang) - With oyster sauce and mixed peppers.
Stir Fried Aubergine (Pad Makhuea) - With yellow bean, chilli, garlic, soya sauce, & sweet basil.
All three were an absolute treat. The aubergine, although not classed as a main, was actually something new for me and a favourite. I literally devoured this cashew chicken dish (left), it has just the right amount of spice and the flavours are really outstanding. If I had to recommend anything, it would be this.
Although it's been from afar, I've really loved watching Rosa's grow over the years. From just a tiny cafe in Shoreditch, to a franchise of beautifully decorated restaurants with a standard of food far higher than the other thai restaurants I have frequented in the past. Rosa's is affordable, the staff are always friendly and I always have a good time when I'm there. In fact, all this talk of food may just spur on another visit this evening..