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Since launching in 2008, this branch of Rosa’s has established itself as a local haunt with a delightfully homely vibe, a reassuring sense of familiarity and a comforting Thai menu. As well as the
usual suspects, it’s worth experimenting with less well-known starters such as venison on lemongrass skewers, crispy squid with plum sauce or hot-and-sour salmon soup. There are interesting salads,
too, including a version with grilled rack of lamb and spicy aubergine, while mains range from char-grilled pork neck with dry chilli sauce to seafood-stuffed butternut squash with chilli and
coconut mousse. To drink, there’s a minimal choice of wines as well as Thai whiskey – although aromatic teas beckon for invigorating refreshment. Rosa’s chefs even share their secrets with online
cooking classes on YouTube, too. The only downside is very “patchy” service.
You may have spotted Rosa’s Café in the midst of Spitalfields and bustling streets of Brick Lane. Popular fish and chips restaurant Poppies is only a few doors away on Hanbury Street. Poppies draw big crowds, with people coming in and out for either takeaway or eating in.Rosa Café on the other hand is quiet and had only one table of diners when I visited. Rosa’s Spitalfields is their first baby in 2008, with five other branches in London.The colours used for the outside front a post box pillar red, with white writing, inside white walls and large wooden tables. You may wonder why a Thai place has...
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