Rosa’s Thai, Soho
Rosa’s Thai flies the flag for terrific Thai treats. I went there on a date three weeks ago and now I’m in a relationship with the guy I went with. Yes, this is because of my personality, charm and all that jazz, but maybe, just maybe I should also give props to Rosa for leaving us very satisfied, a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach after all.
The décor is not typical of a Thai restaurant but it fulfils the requirements of being a restaurant in Soho. It’s minimalistic and features a light timber lined room, filled with chunky wooden tables, quirky red stools and low level lighting. The pricing is pretty keen and so I can understand why it sits firmly in the cheap eats category but, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a shameless ‘cheap’ eatery picked by penny pinchers either.
The menu is pretty extensive and tempts customers with a lot of traditional dishes, as well as the non-clichés. We had come from a picnic (the more-booze-than-food kind) so we were ‘starvin like Marvin’ and quite content with the choices on offer (although that meant it took us longer to choose).
Our first starter was grilled venison’ on a lemongrass skewer with green curry sauce. This was a winning starter. It was light, moreish, fragrant and guilt-free. The meat was very well-seasoned and flavourful.
The soft shell crab starter was meaty, nicely cooked and very tasty. The batter wasn’t thin like tempura and the accompaniment of herbs, shallots and chilli sauce worked wonders.
My date opted for a lamb yellow curry and I wasn’t too shy to ask for some. It was a pretty dazzling choice. Tender chargrilled lamb chops served in a spicy and fragrant coconut based sauce with perfectly cooked pieces of vegetables. The lamb chops had a lot of meat and I would’ve gotten food envy but my sweet and sour sea bass was twice as great and left me grinning like a Cheshire cat.
It’s perfect for a casual lunch or dinner date and probably the next best thing to booking a flight for a culinary Thai holiday (seriously, it’s Thailand on a plate). We got there at 7pm on a Sunday and the place was pretty busy, but quiet enough to engage in conversation. Is it a romantic, candlelit affair? Nope, not at all, but the grub speaks for itself. It’s not a first date, more like a third or fourth. Take it slow, eat your fill and roll home together.
The food might make you forget why you’re there, to score.
2. It doesn’t have much sex appeal decor wise, and you would be leaving a date with onion and garlic breath, but who cares? It’s totally worth it for the food and its happy go lucky charm.