REVIEW: Hearty Thai food at Richmond’s new Rosa’s Thai

By Heather Nicholls

28th Mar 2024 | Local News

Richmond’s Rosa’s Thai has opened its doors. (Photo Credit: Rosa’s Thai).
Richmond’s Rosa’s Thai has opened its doors. (Photo Credit: Rosa’s Thai).

Rosa's Thai Restaurant has officially opened its new Richmond location this month and Richmond Nub News was lucky enough to be invited a long to a supper club with Rosa's co founder Saiphin Moore to see the new space and try their delicious food!

We also got the opportunity to chat to Saiphin and discover her story of how she went from cooking in Thailand to being the founder of Rosa's Thai. She told us that the Pad Thai is her favourite dish on the menu! 

Upon arrival we got to try Rosa's Thai boozy iced tea which was sweet and refreshing (perfect to counteract the spice of your main) and a selection of Thai crackers which were crispy, flavourful and moreish. The perfect pre dinner snack. 

The crackers were the perfect pre dinner snack. (Photo Credit: Heather Nicholls)

We also tried Rosa's low alcohol beer and the chilli margarita which were both delicious.

We also tried Rosa's low alcohol beer and the chilli margarita which were both delicious. (Photo Credit: Heather Nicholls)

For our starter we shared the Thai Calamari and summer spring rolls. The calamari was sprinkled with Tom Yum spices and paired with the perfect sweet chilli sauce. 

The calamari was paired with the perfect sweet chilli sauce. (Photo Credit: Heather Nicholls).

The spring rolls were unique to spring rolls that I have eaten before, being packaged in a rice paper sheet which was very sticky

They were paired with a tasty peanut sauce. The flavour was very strong and they were packed full of vegetables. 

Our main courses were delicious. (Photo Credit: Heather Nicholls).

For the main course I had the Tamarind Duck - a crispy duck breast, with crispy skin, spring greens, green beans and a sticky tamarin sauce. It was served with jasmine rice.

The duck was succulent and perfectly crispy. The selection of vegetables and the tangy sauce complimented it perfectly. 

My guest, who was trying Thai food for the first time, had the Massaman beef curry which is a dish with mildly spiced slow cooked beef, potatoes and chashews and served with roti. 

He described his meal as hearty and said the beef was very tender. He added that  the addition of the potatoes and roti added a nice mix to the dish. 

For desert, we shared the Thai Churros and chocolate brownie. 

The churros were amazing, served with a sweet condensed milk for dipping and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. 

Churros have long been one of my favourite deserts and these were some of the best I've tasted - they were so crispy and sweet and pairing them with the condensed milk was unique and different. 

The decor of the restaurant was stunning. (Photo Credit: Heather Nicholls)

The chocolate brownie was served with creamy vanilla ice cream and a 'Som Tum' sauce on the side to give it a Thai twist.

Overall, Rosa's Thai is the perfect cosy Thai restaurant and will make a great editorial to Richmond's food scene.

     

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