Discussion in 'Brixton' started by Onket, Dec 6, 2011.
Their ginger punch and cakes are banging
Rosa's Thai Cafe looks like it will be opening fairly soon on Atlantic Road, opposite the now-defunct Brindisa Dining Rooms.
I was wondering what that was just this morning. I only glanced in but looked like they're doing a proper job on it.
Judging by what I've seen of the fit out, she's got some wedge behind the venture. Let's hope it's affordable.
Menus here http://rosasthaicafe.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Lunch-menu-A4-AW2016-website.pdf
They've got branches in some of Londons most expensive locations http://rosasthaicafe.com/
Update: the pizza at 500 degrees is fucking delicious - the best available in Brixton IMHO, it's miles better than Mamma Dough or Made of Dough and for slightly less money. Proper legit sweet, natural tomatoes and quality cheese on an ideally-cooked crust with real character. They have a proper woodfired oven and actual Italians making the pizza and serving it to you. Prices are in the standard "bit posher than usual" range but not outrageous (they have a proper, no-cheese marinara for under a fiver, the basic margherita £6.25, more elaborate confections £8-£12.) There are a few other starter options, veg and non-veg, and some token puddings. Their coffee machine isn't working yet so don't go yet if you want a pizza + espresso in the same place. It's a very small site for a sitdown restaurant (I think only 35ish seats) ; it's fine, but basic - not at all luxurious if that makes you uncomfortable, but not exactly cozy either, as a space. OTOH there are real tables and chairs and they'd be very nice to children.
I wish them lots of success and plenty of takeaway orders - I think they'll need 'em to stay afloat if they continue to have 2 chefs and 3 management/waiting staff on duty at all times. (but I REALLY want them to get that coffee machine working.)
Don't know if it's true in Rosa's but a lot of the Thai restaurants opened in the last few years have money from the Thai government along with a paid for head chef, this is also true of the recent influx of Korean and Indonesian restaurants
That's pretty crazy.
Sorry, where is this, please?
They're definitely good with kids
I think it's to do with making sure that the restaurants serve authentic food, so I guess they act like cultural ambassadors
It's on Ferndale Rd. A new branch of what used to be called Pizzeria Pellone, in Herne Hill.
Mid-range. Slightly more expensive than Khan's.
that is a perfectly reasonable menu price wise, but if you look it is only a lunch menu until 5pm, so an evening menu is likely to be more expensive
Popped into the deli/cafe that has taken the site of Rosie's in Market Row. Very good Persian grub and good value for money. The girls working in their were great too!
I went past it yesterday and liked the look of it. I'll have to check it out soon athough I know nothing about Persian food!
Man up a ladder today doing handwritten signage for Rosa's
I like handwritten signs on a traditional shopfront. They sure beat those garish plastic monstrosities.
Daughter of Noor cash and carry owner I believe. I wish them lots of success, can't wait to try it.
So tried both Pizza Brixton and Ya Hala last week...
Pizza Brixton - I called up and asked if they had a table for two at 7pm, a (presumably) Italian woman in broken English responded with
her: "no. no booking" me: "how about any later?" her: "no" me: "Oh. OK then" her: "No worry. Bye"
I was a little confused so got my partner to call back. She had a very similar conversation and decided they were fully booked but the lady didn't know how to use "no worries". I said we should pop in in case she meant they don't take bookings... Turns out I was right as they had plenty of tables when we arrived.
Pizzas were pretty good - not the best in Brixton but great to have on the doorstep. Had a bottle of house red, they don't have wine glasses just slightly different tumblers to the water glasses. Would pay the extra couple quid for a nicer wine next time I think. The lady from the phone was one of our waitresses and she asked if we wanted dessert - asked to see a menu but they didn't have one and she said they do tiramisu and "nutella". I said we were probably too full. A few minutes later she returned to tell me we were getting two free "nutellas" on the house. I was intrigued so thanked her. It ended up being a folded over pizza dough with nutella inside, kinda like a pizza dough pain au chocolat. Was very tasty and a nice gesture.
YA Hala - went around 7.30 last Tuesday before a film at the Ritzy. Was quite busy but we seemed to time it right and got a table straight away whilst 10 minutes later there was a long queue. I heard some people who came in later complaining that they'd booked and there were no tables available so sounds like they might be more interested in foot traffic than honoring bookings. Our waiter was attentive and very friendly, didn't have any of the issues with serving staff some others seem to have had. Food was decent and good value - I had the chicken shish my partner had the vegetarian mezze, both were nicely cooked and presented though served with cold bread on the side where I'm used to it being warm. I'd go back and glad it's in Brixton, though I do wish there was a properly good Turkish or Greek restaurant.
I can confirm that 500 Degrees on Ferndale Rd is really good. Very reasonably priced. Really friendly staff.
Rosie's Thai was open tonight and busy, but a lot of these places look empty a lot of the time..
Unless they are really exceptional like the Thai place in the village, keeping the restaurant half full on a midweek night in February must be a tough ask.
Went to Nanban tonight under duress for a friends special occasion. Thought it was overpriced, food was average at best, service staff were great though. Eye-watering bill by my standards, though it was packed the whole time we were there.
There's no shortage of cash-rich diners around Brixton these days. How much was your bill?
I love the old traditional restaurant sign but what looked like extra edgy graffiti'd metal shutter strips inside looked well fucking naff. I only glimpsed it so maybe they weren't as utter cockwomble as they looked.
I didn't realise they Rosie's is now a chain of eight restaurants.
Sorry you didn't like the food. I've found it to be about double the cost of Fujiyama, but also much better (for my tastes).
Good to see in Brixton Bugle that they are donating money to the local Mosaic Clubhouse charity.
It's great that they're doing this - I wish more local businesses - especially the ones raking it in - would give money to local charities. I'd be interested to know exactly how much they're giving though.
I'm not for one second saying that this is the case here, but some businesses like to make a very big a big splash over giving away the smallest, tiddliest amount of their profits. And that pisses me off as much as those businesses sloshing around the word 'community' with very little justification.
Where's Pizza Brixton?
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