Brainchild of Chef Saiphin and her partner Alex. Saiphin has created every dish on the menu at Rosa’s. A labour of love that’s evolved through growing and cooking over her lifetime since she was a child in Thailand.
It all began with a café in Spitafields that was taken over by Saiphin and Alex in 2008. They kept the original name ‘Rosa’s Cafe’ as a nod to the English tradition in the area.
Rosa serves honest Thai food with a whole lot of spice and enough soul to fill the Mekong River.
There are vegan friendly, and vegetarian friendly food options available.
Take a look around
The food is cooked and served street food style, and as a result you can expect bite sized portions of salads, soups, noodles, curries and grills.
Well known dishes like Pad thai; green/red curry, massaman, panang; and stir frys are mainstays on the menu.
The more unusual exploration is there if you want it. The standout selections that peaked our interest around this was the Grapefruit and Prawn Salad (Yum Som O) – think sharpness, heat and delicate prawn flavours all rolled into one mouthful. And the grilled northern sausage done Thai style – it’s apparently really good!
To ensure there’s an inclusivity across the menu Rosa has produced separate coeliac and veggie friendly options (and most dishes can be made vegan), as well as having a children’s menu.
For the ale fans out there Rosa’s have brewed their very own Thai IPA. Alongside this they have a fail safe in the form of a Chang Beer; a perfect partner that goes so well with the spicy and aromatic flavours of the food.
Taking it up another level and you can be ordering one of the specialty cocktails or even a Thai whiskey.
There’s white, red, and rose wines for the grape drinkers out there. And the soft drink selection is where it gets even more interesting – Thai milk ice tea and Thai coconut water – with the key ingredient (coconut) imported (along with the spices) from the same source in Thailand.
The vibe is that of a modern Thai café, similar to something you’d find in Bangkok, and less a token representation of the Thai culture. Therefore, the traditional symbolism (waterfalls, elephants and big buddhas) have been removed from view.
The Leeds restaurant is part of the sprawling expansion of Rosa’s Thai Café, and the first venture of out London, the birthplace of the café in 2008.
In 2017, Rosa’s has ranked as one of the top 3 fastest growing restaurant chains in the world. And you can see why, it’s not just a sit in restaurant, there’s also an option to cook more like Rosa at home with the beautifully bound cook book and meal planner.
Where to Park
The nearest parking is paid at Q-park Albion Street.
How To Get HereGoogle Map Directions
Boar Lane runs past the bottom end of Leeds Trinity and has eight bus stops serving lots of different bus routes connecting you with Leeds and West Yorkshire. If you need more routes head down to Leeds Bus station.
The train station is a 5-minute walk from Leeds Trinity and Rosa’s Thai Café.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe is based in Trinity Leeds shopping centre. It has accessible toilets and a changing places facility, both of which can be located on the first floor between Côte Brasserie and Everyman Cinema and next to the entrance of Trinity Kitchen.
What To Do Next
Further down Briggate tucked away down an unassuming alley is Whitelocks Ale House – it’s the oldest pub in Leeds, dating back to 1715. And for that reason you have to visit it, so why not now!