The Rosa’s story started off back in 2006 when a husband and wife team set-up a Thai food stall in Brick Lane. Word spread pretty quickly of their authentic cuisine and a couple of years later they opened their first restaurant in Spitalfields.
Fast forward to 2013 and the Rosa’s has transformed into a four-strong chain, with the latest opening located amongst the hustle and bustle of Carnaby Street. Set over two floors, the informal style venue has the feel of a Thai bamboo hut and features communal style tables; sit downstairs and you’ll also absorb the sights and sounds of the open kitchen.
Navigate through the extensive menu and you’ll find various stir-fries, curries, noodles and chargrilled specialities. Highlights include Deep Fried Crispy Pork mixed with galangal, lemongrass, mint, garlic, roasted chilli, toasted ground rice and lime; Soft Shell Crab with Thai herbs, shallots and spicy chilli sauce and Fried Seabass Red Curry featuring a whole Thai herb marinated seabass topped with dry red curry sauce.
In keeping with their Thai ‘caff’ ethos, the menu is less about authenticity and more about providing approachable and flavoursome dishes that are just as suited for a quick bite as they are a hearty evening dinner. As such, spicing and flavours always feel subdued to suit the masses and there are certainly better Thai culinary experiences to be had in town. However, it’s significantly better than most local joints and with its reasonable pricing, Rosa’s is worth popping into if you’ve got one nearby and you fancy a quick and flavoursome bite to eat.
Cuisine Type: Thai
Meal for two (excluding drink): £40
Rosa’s Thai Carnaby
23a Ganton Street
London, W1F 9BW
Tel: 020 7287 9617