Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Soho, London
The name of Rosa’s originally comes from the previous owner of their very first location. Times have changed and now there are ten Rosa’s restaurants around London. That’s some Thai food domination right there. I popped into the Soho branch of Rosa’s ready for a spicy bite to warm up my mid-Summer blues (this is London).
Even with the short walk I got absolutely soaked as I made my way from Frith Street to Dean Street. Wet umbrellas were aplenty on London this day.
I had the two chilli pepper-rated Drunken Noodles (£9) and these did the trick, on account of setting my mouth on fire. Safe to say, it’s quite a spicy bite. This is flavoured by a basil sauce, and Thai herbs, this gives it a lovely authentic flavour. I don’t have as much as spice tolerance as my parents (I didn’t inherit that gene) so I found it overwhelming and hard to eat. If you’re not as much of a wuss, you might quite like this dish. It is marked as one of their more signature items.
As a starter I went for the pork skewers (£5), these felt a little expensive for what you get but are nicely seasoned. The skewers come with a super sweet tamarind sauce which provides an ideal contrast to the meat. Pork always does so well coupled with sweet notes in my books. Secretly, I was meant to have ordered the chicken satay skewers but let’s just keep that between ourselves.
Overall, it was a nice, affordable meal at Rosa’s in a cosy (and dry!) setting. It compares to other mass pan Asian chains like Banana Tree and East Street. I did find the spice levels for the noodles extreme for my palate but the quality is there. Speed is to pace with other options around Soho and the service is as friendly as the Thai restaurant next door.