Rosa’s Thai Cafe has recently launched another restaurant and this time, we have been lucky enough to be blessed with the amazing Thai cuisine in our city. Rosa’s story, “The Rosa’s brand was born out of our founder Saiphin’s passion for authentic Thai food and seasonal local ingredients. Rosa’s put sustainability at the heart of everything they do and are proud to have been born in Thailand and raised in the East End of London.” – Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
Thai food has always been a favourite of mine, and so far I haven’t found any ‘stand-out’ restaurants that serve only this cuisine in Liverpool. Now that Rosa’s has opened at the Albert Dock, I have found my favourite new eatery and I will tell you why.
The Venue and Vibe
Situated on the Royal Albert Dock, Rosa’s is the perfect place to visit for great food with a good view. As my friend and I walked in, we were greeted by the friendly front of house staff and we were shown to our table which overlooked the docks. There are various styles of seating with regular tables, booth type seating and long tables for bigger parties. The kitchen is visible for customers to see what is happening behind the scenes, it gives an authentic feel to the place which was good as we could see how the chef’s make the food as well as spying on what everyone else has ordered! There is an upstairs with extra seating which is helpful for when the cafe gets busy, especially as the night we went, most tables were full by 8 pm downstairs.
At around 7 pm, the lights were dimmed and it created a nice evening atmosphere as the music complemented the relaxing environment. The one thing that we had noticed most was the amount of staff that were working on the night. There were at least four front of house workers and 5 back of house workers, which meant that the service ran smoothly. This meant there was always someone available which allowed for the food to be served quickly and for all customers to be well looked after. All the staff were incredibly helpful with recommendations, friendly and approachable. Like in most places, the staff make the experience and credit should be given to Rosa’s team as they represented the business incredibly well!
The Food and Drink
To start, we ordered two alcoholic cocktails which were the Rosa’s Boozy Thai Iced Tea (£8.25) and the Mango & Lychee Iced Tea – Love You Long Time (£7.50). The Boozy Thai Iced Tea is a ‘Full Moon Party’-style cocktail with a double shot of spiced rum and Thai lemon iced tea in a jar type glass. It was full of a lemony flavour which gave it a sharp but smooth taste. The Love You Long Time cocktail was Rosa’s version of a long island iced tea, as it is made with mango & lychee iced tea infused with Ketel One Vodka & aromatic Asian botanical sours. The taste was really light, fruity and refreshing. Both cocktails are definitely worth the price as they were long drinks and full of flavour. We also had some tap water for the table which came infused with lemons and mint.
For starters, we ordered Prawn Crackers (£2.75) to share which came with a sweet chilli dip and peanut dip. This dish does contain nuts. The portion size was generous and the taste is so much nicer than shop bought prawn crackers. Then, we shared two starters of Pork Skewers – Moo Ping (£7.25) and Fried Spring Rolls – Por Pia Tod (£6.50). The skewers were char-grilled pieces of pork marinated in honey, soy & roasted coriander seeds, which came served with Rosa’s tamarind dipping sauce. There was a lot of meat on each stick which was quite filling and the taste was unreal – nice and rich with a sticky texture. The spring rolls were crisp as they were deep-fried, stuffed with veg & noodles and served with Rosa’s sweet chilli sauce which gave it that added kick of taste. Sometimes spring rolls can either be too greasy or dry inside but this dish was perfect in texture and consistency. Neither of the starters, apart from the Prawn Crackers, contain nuts.
For mains, we didn’t realise until the dishes were served, that the sauces were on a separate plate to the rice, which meant that we could try each other’s meals. I think this is such a good idea as the sharing element allows us to try new flavours and dishes. We ordered the Panang Curry with chicken – Gaeng Panang (£10.50) and the Cashew Stir-Fry with chicken – Gai Pad Metmamuang (£9.75) with two portions of the Steamed Jasmine Rice – Khao Suay (£2.75 each). Both the dishes were labelled with two chilli’s, indicating the dish contained an element of spice. The stir fry was much spicy than I anticipated as it is stir-fried chicken with dried roasted chillies & mushroom with Rosa’s own stir-fry sauce. The chillis were infused into the sauce so there was no escaping the spice.
Yet, the Panang curry had chilli’s in but you could see them and pick them out if you were overwhelmed with the taste. The curry is a thick and creamy curry with a hint of lime leaves & fragrant lesser galangal, which was so smooth and creamy with a coconutty taste. This dish doesn’t contain nuts yet the cashew stir fry does. The stir fry was rich in flavour and it contained a variety of different vegetables which I enjoyed.
The rice was well cooked and the portion size was actually perfect for my friend and I, as it was big enough to feel full but not too much to feel overwhelmed.
For desserts, I opted for the Mango Sorbet and Vanilla Ice Cream (£4.50) which reminded me of the taste of peaches and cream – it was so tasty and incredibly refreshing after a nice rich meal. My friend ordered one of Rosa’s recommended desserts, which was the Waffle and Ice Cream (£5.95). “The warm waffle complemented the cold ice cream and both elements to the dessert were so tasty.” – Emily Turton.
We both had the most amazing night trying new dishes and diving into Thai cuisine. We are 100% going to be returning soon but next time, I will not be so daring and maybe get a dish that isn’t so spicy. I would love to try the Pad Thai with Prawns (£10.25) which is the famous stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce, palm sugar, eggs & crushed peanuts.
As Thai food contains a lot of nuts, it is always best to check before you order if you have any allergies. Food Allergies: “Our dishes are prepared in areas where several allergens are present. All our dishes may contain traces of nuts, gluten or other allergens. Not all ingredients are listed.” – Rosa’s Thai Cafe.
The menu includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, so there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Takeaway is available online, you can order your meal and get it sent straight to your door via Deliveroo. Click the link and add your address to see if Rosa’s can deliver to you.
In the future, Rosa’s hope to develop their outside seating area, so customers can enjoy the view of the docks whilst enjoying great food in the good weather.
Students can enjoy Rosa’s offer of 15% off the food bill between Monday-Wednesday!
Unit 7 on Britannia Pavilion
Royal Albert Dock
0151 909 3268
Sun – Thurs 12 – 10.30pm
Fri – Sat 12 – 11pm