Rosa’sThai Cafe started life as a street food stall on Brick Lane, long before street food was trendy, almost 7 years ago. Now there are three restaurants in the group; the original in Spitalfields which has just been spruced up, Soho and Stratford.
We went along to the Soho outlet located on Dean Street in the heart of the action. Inside it’s small with wooden chairs and tables crammed together which isn’t the most comfortable but standard for most Asian restaurants. The food menu is made up from old family recipes which means it’s all very authentic. We started with the prawn tempura; four juicy king prawns coated in a crispy breadcrumbs, a super fresh Som Tam or green papaya salad as we say in England and a creamy, spicy Tom Kha soup perfect for the cold weather.
We followed with the vegetable pad Thai, a generous portion of soft noodles and crunchy veg and the Thai sweet and sour sea bass, lightly battered pieces of fish coated in a thick, tangy chilli sauce – a definite winner. Washed down with a couple of Chang, close your eyes and you’re back on the Khao San Road. Boom. Authentic Thai food in London? Rosa’s is where it’s at.
Soho, Stratford, Spitalfields