You’ll always find a warm and friendly welcome in these casual Thai restaurants. Rosa’s serve honest Thai food with a whole lot of spice and enough soul to fill the Mekong River.
Combining modern London with modern Bangkok, Rosa’s Thai Cafe grew from a humble beginning of a street stall on Brick Lane’s Sunday market in the East End of London, which quickly became the locals’ favourite. By summer 2008, Saiphin and Alex had bought an old caff on Hanbury Street, with the help of friends, family and credit cards. The very first site ‘Rosa’s Spitalfields’ was born. They kept the name Rosa’s Cafe as a nod to English tradition and heritage (and also because they didn’t have the means or money to change the sign).
In 2009, the husband and wife team decided to sell their house in Hong Kong to fund the second Rosa’s in Soho.
An opportunity came for a third branch in 2011 at Westfield Stratford just in time for the London Olympics. It continues to be a great hit with the hungry crowd looking for a break from their shopping to this day.
In the summer of 2013, Saiphin and Alex were invited by Shaftesbury Estate to open a site in the historic Carnaby street. This period of change was quickly followed by a year of great reviews from The Times and Evening Standard. Rosa’s even got a mention from Time Out magazine as a mini-group that is ‘fast, friendly and enticing’!
In the next four years, Rosa’s opened in Angel, Victoria, Chelsea, Brixton and West Hampstead, moving into North, West and South London for the first time.
It hasn’t always been an easy ride, but with ten restaurants across London, each with its own character, it won’t be long before you find your favourite(s) Rosa’s Thai Cafe. Find a Rosa’s near you here.