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Rosa’s Thai Cafe – Spitalfields, London

This week we went east to spend the afternoon in sunny Shoreditch. After being introduced to bubble tea by Diana at Milk Tea & Pearl in Boxpark, we headed down to towards Spitafields in search for some food and shopping. Because neither of us is particularly spontaneous when it comes to food, many of our conversations about food go something like this:

“This sounds great, but so does the place you found. I genuinely don’t mind.”
“No really, you choose because I don’t care either!”
“I don’t know, everything looks so good, what would you prefer?”
“Lets go check out this other place just in case, we can always come back here!”

You can imagine that sometimes it really does take awhile for us to find a place to eat in between our politeness and indecisiveness. We eventually decided on Rosa’s Thai Cafe. Nestled in between Brick Lane and Spitalfields market, Rosa’s is a small cafe style Thai restaurant which tempted us with a wide variety of thai classics like curries, satays, pad thai and noodle soups. Still craving some tea, Diana ordered some thai milk iced tea while we perused the menu. Delicious but stay clear if you don’t have a sweet tooth!

Although tempted by starters such as Thai calamari and prawn tempura (around £6-7 each) we decided head straight for the main event. I ordered Rosa’s green curry with prawns (below) and Diana went for the butternut squash red curry (above). The curries arrived colourful, vibrant and especially fragrant, topped with coriander and served with neat domes of jasmine and brown rice. Both curries were extremely flavoursome – lovely coconutty-creaminess yet also a good lingering warmth of spice. My green curry was made up of perfectly cooked juicy king prawns and a mix of crunchy veg whilst the butternut squash in Diana’s tangy red number was melt in the mouth.

Cheap, tasty and filling? We will most definitely be repeat customers.

Rosa’s has several locations around London, but if you really love their curries as much as we did, they also sell a Rosa’s cookbook which we perused while we waited for out meals! Don’t forget to also check our their amazing blog

What kinds of curries do you prefer? Thai, Indian, Japanese, etc…? Where’s your favourite curry joint in London?

Milk Tea & Pearl
Unit 58 Boxpark
2-4 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6GY

Rosa’s Thai Cafe Spitalfields
12 Hanbury Street
London E1 6QR
+44 (0)207 247 1093

Photographs by Diana Eastman
Words by Carys Notley