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REVIEW: Rosa’s Carnaby Street

Rosa's Carnaby, FashionBite

REVIEW: Rosa’s Carnaby Street

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A long time fan of Rosa’s, a tiny little Thai restaurant in the darkest depths of Soho, I was delighted to find out a second site was to open a literal stone’s throw from my office just off Carnaby Street. Ganton Street is home to a few good restaurants, including established Wagamama-style Thai joint Cha Cha Moon, but after my visit I’m sure they won’t need to worry about competition.

Rosa's Carnaby - Small bar area with three stools

Friendly service and the extensive menu I know and love have survived the move, as the new incarnation is almost a carbon copy of its peers in Soho, Spitalfields and the like. Bright lightbulbs spell out the restaurant’s name, but they’re the only decoration;  bevelled wood panelling, red seats and contemporary music playing quietly in the background sets the clean, contemporary scene. Great for an early evening date or catch up dinner with a friend, there are no crazy crowds and happily, no blaring music to lose your voice shouting over.

Spanning the usual Thai repertoire with notable skill, the menu is traditional with a hint of modish experimentation (green tea ice cream, anyone?) We loved fried calamari for starters, followed by spicy green curry spaghetti, excellent phad thai, yellow curry lamb and broccoli in oyster sauce. The portions are still huge, and the coconut rice is still the best in the business – the most simple of dishes, it’s scarily addictive. There’s nothing new here, but there doesn’t need to be. We like it just the way it is.

Amy @ FashionBite xx

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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