Rosa's Thai Cafe - Soho

A Girl’s catch up was well overdue and therefore last Thursday five of us got together and did what we do best - eat, drink and natter. I did some research and knowing we all love a good Thai, booked Rosa’s CafĂ© in Soho. It is known to serve up some of the best and more authentic Thai bites in London so several of us perused the menu over, and over before we’d even left work…

Rosa’s is fantastically priced- starters are around £6-9 and mains £8-16. Settling down, we ordered a couple of bottles of white, crackers and went about deciding before our gossiping took over, you know how these girls catch ups go!!

Three of us knew instantly what we were having ‘soft shell crab’ with Thai herbs, shallots and fresh chilli sauce. A bowl of lightly battered crab, a smattering of chillis and a pot of tongue tingling sauce arrived. It may not be the prettiest of presentations however it makes up in flavour and technique. The batter was crisp, light and not a slither of grease to be found.  

Two others went for the fresh spring rolls which I didn’t photograph but found a good example online... luckily Miss E was feeling generous in her sharing and these were completely delicious!

Pic found here courtesy of one of my fave bloggers!

Onto mains which (again) proved a difficult decision, even though I had spent almost my entire lunch break and working day just staring at the menu and messaging Miss K. I decided upon chilli and holy basil stir fry ‘pad kra prow’ with garlic, onion and long beans. Labelled very spicy, served with prawns. Spicy it was, and plenty of juicy prawns were sat in a puddle of plate-lickable, flavour rich sauce. (FYI I didn't take pics of anyone else's dishes...We were too busy chatting and eating!)

What I loved about Rosa’s mains is that there was a full variation for meat, fish and vegetarian. Almost all curries and stir fry dishes are shown with a choice of several proteins for you to tailor make your dinner to suit you - perfect especially when one was going through a fish only time in my life - for no reason at all.

A seasoned Thai traveller amongst us saw the ‘pineapple rice’ and suggested this as a 'must have' as it is authentic and served all over Thailand. It’s effectively one of those ‘everything’ rice dishes and is utterly scrumptious! Called ‘khao pad pineapple’ fried Thai jasmine rice is mixed with seafood, raisins, cashew nuts and peppers then served in a whole hollowed out pineapple. It looks fantastic but tastes even better… between 3 of us (the other two were being health bunnies and had salads) we almost devoured the whole lot!

Rosa's is a fabulous little Thai find in Soho, what's even better is that they take bookings, which seems a rarity in Soho these days! If you love Thai as much as we do, I can assure you, you wont be disappointed.

Address: 48 Dean St, London W1D 5BF

Phone:020 7494 1638
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