York’s Coney Street has been hit hard over COVID with some major retail brands closing their stores. But, whilst the retail shops are closing, York’s bar and restaurant scene is seeing a renaissance with opulent cocktail bars and incredible, creative restaurants taking up residence. The historic city is getting a new culinary delight in the form of London-born Rosa’s Thai Cafe, York.
Rosa’s Thai in York will officially open on June 1st, but there will be a’soft opening’ on May 30 and 31st, where guests may sample the menu for half price.
Taking the place on Coney Street in the former home of Joe’s Kitchen, it will occupy 4,782 sq ft of space within the unit. The restaurant describes its plates as ‘modern Thai food’, and they have 15 sites in the UK’s capital alone, and now York is getting a fantastic taste of Asia in one of its busiest streets.
They focus on delivering authentic Thai food using locally sourced ingredients. Founded by Saiphin Moore, their food is designed for sharing, with a range of sharing plates, as well as curries, stir-frys and other dishes. The perfect social remedy the city needs after a year of isolation.
As well as the fantastic food menu, Rosa’s Thai Cafe York serves up some amazing Thai drinks such as their Thai PA Beer, Thai Whisly and Thai-inspired cocktails such as their strawberry and Thai basil mojito called Bangkok Night Out.
The four-storey building that will be the Thai restaurant’s new home, built in the 1960s, will have a homely vibe with wooden tables and neutral tones throughout if it is anything like their other 30 restaurants across the UK.
The new opening will be the second Rosa’s to open up in Yorkshire, including the Leeds branch. We are not sure when their new restaurant will open, but we are sure the people of York will love it.
Of the launch, managing director Gavin Adair said: “We’re delighted to bring Rosa’s Thai to York this May – it has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to showcase Saiphin’s delicious Thai dishes to the local community.”
The spokesperson said: “Rosa’s Thai’s signature dishes are made using the best of Thai produce, including chilli pastes from a husband and wife team in the Huai Yod district and rice noodles from a third-generation family business that has made noodles for more than 80 years.
“Menu highlights include familiar Thai dishes including fan-favourite pad Thai and comforting green curry, as well as Rosa’s cult favourites from drunken noodles to stir-fried aubergine with yellow bean sauce, chilli, soy sauce and sweet basil.
“The menu offers plenty of meat-free options for vegetarian and vegan diners, from fluffy sweetcorn cakes with kaffir lime to rich butternut red curry with sweet basil.”
Adding: “Rosa’s Thai also offers a dedicated children’s menu and a varied selection of halal and gluten-free dishes which, complete with Rosa’s signature Thai hospitality, makes the restaurant a welcoming, go-to environment for all dietary requirements.”
York’s newest restaurant and bars Impossible and Jimmy’s are a breath of fresh air in a city that is steeped in traditional pubs and chain restaurants.
Visit Rosa’s Thai website here for more information.
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