Stemmed from a love of home-grown cooking, Rosa’s Thai Cafe is a must-visit for a taste of the authentic. Since moving to London in 2006, Rosa’s founder, Saiphin, challenged herself to cook authentic Thai dishes with seasonal British ingredients. It is this combination of two cultures that makes Rosa’s Thai Cafe stand out amongst the average dining experience.
When entering the Angel branch, I Love Foodies was welcomed with friendly faces, atmospheric vibes and the sweet scent of fresh food. An intimate hub just off the hustle and bustle of Upper Street, it is no surprise that this was the spot city-goers were fleeing to for their Friday night treat.
When shown to our table, which comprised of a comfortable bench and a dimly lit hanging light, it was clear that casual seating and romantic lighting were just two of the many factors that added to the Feng Shui of this central London hotspot.
I Love Foodies was spoilt for choice with the selection of delicious starters. But we decided to stick with the classics: fried spring rolls and calamari. The spring rolls, hand rolled and stuffed with a selection of fresh vegetables and noodles, were crisped to perfection. The Thai calamari, cooked with Thai herbs and served with Rosa’s sweet chilli sauce, further confirmed that we made the right choice in keeping it classic. Both of these will certainly be revisited for future trips – which we can assure you there will be plenty.
Once your starters have left you hungry for more of Rosa’s, get your cutlery ready to dig into the mouth-watering mains. I Love Foodies picked the delicious Pad Thai, and we can confirm that the stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with palm sugar, eggs & crushed peanuts will not disappoint. Or, try a signature curry with a twist. We recommend Rosa’s creamy red curry topped with pineapple chunks and garnished with lime leaves and coriander.
And for those that like it hot, why not try the Drunken Noodles? This is the perfect meal to prepare you for a night out, or, as the name suggests, a post-night-out saviour. It is delightfully spicy and can be served with tofu, chicken, beef, or prawns.
Cocktails and More
When your main has left you wholly satisfied (and slightly disappointed as you can no longer stomach the waffles and ice-cream you have dreamt about devouring since your first glance at the menu), we would recommend rounding off your meal with a cocktail from Rosa’s delicious selection.
Our personal favourites are The Bangkok Night Out, a Thai twist on the classic Strawberry Mojito, and Rosa’s Boozy Thai Iced Tea, a ‘Full Moon Party’-style cocktail for the ultimate Koh Phangan experience. A little birdie also told me that the Cuba Libre is not to be missed.
Visit Rosa’s Thai Cafe
If you are looking for a midweek pit-stop or a place to unwind and call the evening in over dinner and a cocktail (or two), Rosa’s Thai Cafe is the place to go. For more information on the various locations and full menu, please visit their website here. For more information on the Angel branch that we visited, please see below.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Address: 6 Theberton Street, Islington, London, N1 0QX
Opening Times: Sunday – Thursday (12:00 – 22:30), Friday & Saturday (12:00 – 23:00)
Call: +44 20 3393 2482
Written by Molly O’Donovan
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Article Date: August 2019
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