DINE THAI STYLE

WITH AUTHENTIC DISHES AND FLAVOURS OF THAILAND

DINE THAI STYLE

Sitting on the top floor of the Trinity Centre Rosa’s Thai is an oasis of calm and tranquillity.  One could be forgiven for thinking that you were far away from the hustle and bustle of the city’s busiest shopping centre and its plethora of bars and eateries.

The main terrace space is relaxing and picturesque with the interior functionable but cosy – and if the weather is good there’s an  outside balcony that looks onto Briggate below and is perfect for sitting and watching the world go by below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa’s has been in the Trinity Centre  now for a few years and it is a refreshing change to visit this peaceful space and enjoy the best of authentic Thai Food.

Products in this restaurant comes straight from Thai farms from Tamarind from Chef and co-founder Saiphin’s home province of Petchabun, which has the perfect soil for this and is the crucial ingredient that can make or break a Pad Thai Sauce. Whilst the Jasmine and sticky rice comes from the central plain of Korat. This month the much loved dishes on the menu were joined by a new Isaan specials menu exclusively for the Leeds restaurant to celebrate the unique flavours of Northern Thailand.

You don’t start a meal at Rosa’s without sampling one of her cocktails from her newly launched cocktail menu. My Pineapple Kaffir Lime Sour consisted of Pampero Rum, Pineappl6 Coconut Water, Kaffir Lime and Star Anise. It was a fragrant short and the perfect mix of sweet and source and went well with our sharing starter.

My colleague chose Rosa’s new Signature G&T garnished with Thai inspired aromatics it put a new exciting spin on the traditional G&T.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start we chose the Classic Sharing Platter which is excellent value and is a good selection of the café’s most popular starters: Chicken satay, Rosa’s homemade spring rolls, Pork Skewers, Thai calamari and Prawn crackers. The spring rolls are particularly good with a great crispy outside and a copious filling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For main course my colleague opted a dish from the All Day Menu choosing Rosa’s Slow Cooked Beef Green Curry. This is Thailand’s most popular spicy curry and the aubergine, bamboo shoots and sweet basil give it a distinctive flavour. The flavour of the curry and fusion of ingredients were perfect but unfortunately the beef was tough and had to be returned to the kitchen to be re-cooked. The accompaniment of sticky rice was a good choice to balance the curry.

 

I decided to take the trip to Northern Thailand for my dining experience and ordered dishes from the new specials menu. I chose Grilled Chicken and I was not disappointed These were chicken thighs marinated in lemongrass, turmeric and coconut milk and served with the perfect match of a tamarind dipping sauce and this was a very tasty and flavoursome dish.

Traditionally these are eaten with sticky rise and perhaps that would have been a better choice than the Som Tum Sweetcorn Salad. It was described on the menu as a play on the traditional papaya salad with sweetcorn, tomatoes, shredded carrots, fine beans and cashew nuts in a sour and salty dressing. The salad when it arrived was virtually a plate of sweet corn with no cashew nuts two halved cherry tomatoes and three green beans and very very little dressing. – a big disappointment.

I have always enjoyed my food at Rosa’s Thai and found it very enjoyable but unfortunately this time it was a little below par – however the calm ambience and good service made up for short-comings in the food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosa’s Thai Upper Dining Terrace, The Trinity Centre Leeds.

Open Seven Days a Week 12.00 noon to 9pm.

Tel: 0113  834 3173

 

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