Rosa’s Thai Cafe, the hugely popular restaurant group founded by Thai Chef Saiphin Moore, will open its first restaurant in Leeds on 4th May at the Trinity Centre.
To celebrate the opening, diners visiting the restaurant will be treated to 50% off their food bill from Saturday 4th – Monday 6th May.
Saiphin grew up on a mountain farm in Khao Kho, northern Thailand, where food was always an integral part of family life. At 20 Saiphin moved to Hong Kong to start work as a nanny and ended up opening her own in-store noodle shop.
Saiphin spent the next 18 years in Hong Kong and she met future husband and business partner Alex there. The pair lived together in Hong Kong for six years, before selling the restaurant and moving to London together in 2006. A market stall on Brick Lane in East London would soon become a stepping stone to bigger and brighter things and in 2008, just two years after arriving in London, Saiphin and Alex found a site for their permanent restaurant, and so Rosa’s Thai Cafe was born.
Rosa’s Thai Cafe has built a reputation for bold, punchy flavours and dishes inspired by Saiphin’s childhood, where she grew up on her family’s farm in Northern Thailand. Rosa’s use the best in fresh British produce alongside traditional Thai ingredients including coconut milk, jasmine rice and tamarind paste) the key ingredient in their best selling Pad Thai (from £7.95)) which are sourced directly from farmers in Thailand.
Guests to the new Leeds restaurant can also expect comforting Thai favourites including the Red curry with chicken and pineapple (£11.25) alongside dishes less frequently found in the UK such as Spicy grilled steak salad (£11.95).
Vegetarians and vegans will also be well-catered for, with meat-free options including a punchy Butternut and cashew stir-fry (£8.50) and rich Stir fried aubergine (£8.50) and most dishes available as vegan on request.
The 140 cover restaurant includes seating for 60 customers inside and a further 80 al fresco, and features a terrace with enviable views of the city and where diners will be able to make the most of the summer sunshine. Furnishings in rich reds and greens will complement the white walls, for a fresh and vibrant feel. The scheme will be finished with plenty of foliage, whilst brass and marble elements will add a touch of elegance and luxury.
Commenting ahead of the launch, Rosa’s Thai Cafe Founder Saiphin Moore said:
“We can’t think of a better place to open our next Rosa’s Thai Cafe. The Leeds restaurant scene is thriving and it’s such an inspiring place for foodies – we look forward to joining them. We’re really looking forward to meeting all of our local customers when we open the doors next month and I’m already cooking up some ideas for Leeds specials to launch later this year – watch this space!”
Diners at Rosa’s Thai Cafe from 4th to 6th May will be eligible to receive 50% off their food bill. The offer is available for bookings only, and subject to availability. Guests should visit www.rosasthaicafe.com/leeds to reserve their table.