For over ten years Rosa’s Thai Cafe has been building up a reputation across London for bold, punchy flavours and dishes inspired by the childhood of founder Saiphin Moore. Feeling the time was right to spread its horizons away from the capital, Yorkshire has, quite naturally in our opinion, been chosen as the location for one of its first sites in northern England. We headed down to its new restaurant in the Trinity Centre in Leeds to see what all the fuss is about.
Fried Spring Rolls (£6.50)
When ordering spring rolls you never know if they’ll be finger-thin or big, fat and cigar-like. Rosa’s hand rolled offerings are definitely the latter. Positively stuffed with crisp vegetables and noodles, they come served with Rosa’s own sweet chilli sauce.
Thai Calamari (£6.95)
Again served with Rosa’s sweet chilli sauce, this dish combined a deliciously herby batter with perfectly done squid and lots of crunchy veg. A very promising start all-round, particularly with the addition of a plentiful supply of prawn crackers and peanut sauce, as well as a bottle of peppery Rosa’s House Red (£18.00).
Chicken Drunken Noodles (£9.75)
Deciding to crank up the heat levels somewhat, we opted for this delightfully spicy dish that offered up plenty of juicy chicken pieces in a rich and flavoursome sauce that thickly coated the noodles with yumminess.
Stir Fried Beef with Black Pepper Sauce (£9.25)
With plenty of red & green chillies on show, this dish again packed real heat, while the beautifully marinated beef literally dissolved in the mouth. Fresh, crunchy veg added to the ensemble, which was ramped up to the next level with the addition of Egg Fried Rice (£3.50) and, for that authentic Thai touch, a Crispy Fried Egg (£1.50).
It may have taken a while for Rosa’s Thai Cafe to reach God’s Own Country but on this first impression the wait was well worth it. Simply done but perfectly executed dishes at reasonable prices, served throughout by attentive staff in more than pleasant surroundings including a terrace that affords impressive views of Leeds; this is a more than welcome addition to the city’s already vibrant Thai restaurant scene.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe
Unit R3, Upper Dining Terrace Trinity Leeds
Guests can visit www.rosasthaicafe.com/leeds to reserve their table now.