From the Spitalfields original that started life as a street food stall on Brick Land to Soho, Carnaby Street and, most recently, Chelsea, Rosa’s Thai Café is now expanding to Angel in north London, setting up shop on Theberton Street, just off Upper Street. Husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore, have concocted a seasonally changing menu that celebrates those signature traditional cooking techniques, bursting with the punchy flavours that have won them legions of fans.
Fill up on Northern Thai Lao-style Sausage with a kick of ginger, fresh coriander, chilli and lettuce; Spicy Chargrilled Pork Neck Salad with a bittersweet chilli sauce; Red Curry with Palm Heart garnished with lime leaves, Thai herbs and lemongrass marinade; Minute Seared Tuna carpaccio with fresh Thai herbs, capers, garlic and chilli and Stir-fried Crispy Pork with Kra Prow – a modern version of a popular Thai dish with a Chinese twist of crispy pork, mixed with galangal, mint and chilli.
The Thai experience also extends to the cocktails with their blends of exotic fruit and spice such as Thai Rum Coffee Cocktail – Rosa’s version of an espresso martini made with Sam Song Rum, a shot of espresso coffee, Kahlúa and vanilla syrup; Ginger & Pomelo Leaf Martini – homemade Pomelo leaf-infused gin or vodka shaken with fresh ginger, lychee juice, egg white and lemon bitters or Chilli Cherry Collins – homemade Kaffir lime leaf-infused gin and chilli-infused gomme, shaken with elderflower, lemon, cherry and apple served long and spicy over ice. GAP year traditionalists will be happy with fridges full of Chang beer.
With its bespoke timber panelling, brass-topped booths, calm neutral tones and natural light from a large overhead skylight, it’s a great spot in which to chill and reminisce about Bangkok’s Khao San Road, take away or order online for collection.