Rosa’s Thai Veggie to return

By Joe Lutrario

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Rosa’s Thai Veggie to return with delivery-only site in London Fields

Related tags Rosa’s Thai Veggie Rosa's Thai Cafe Thai cuisine Vegan Plant-based Casual dining Takeaway delivery Saiphin Moore Gavin Adair

Rosa’s Thai Cafe is to bring back its vegetarian spin-off Rosa’s Thai Veggie in the form of a virtual brand in London Fields with ambitions to open further delivery-only sites as well as explore bricks and mortar opportunities.

The brand initially launched as a three month-long vegetarian-only pop-up at Rosa’s Thai Soho restaurant in 2018.

The group says it is bringing back the brand in response to an increased demand for vegetarian and vegan dishes across its 22-strong estate.

Rosa’s Thai Veggie's vegetarian and vegan menu will combine reworked Rosa’s Thai Cafe classics - including founder Saiphin Moore’s signature stir-fried aubergine dish and tofu pad thai - with new dishes exclusive to the concept, including Rosa’s summer rolls with tamarind tempeh to chu chi tempeh, a thick and creamy panang curry with kaffir lime leaves and fresh chillies, both developed in collaboration with organic tempeh specialists Club Cultured.

The menu will also include THIS Isn’t Chicken dishes, from pad thai to salt and pepper poppers and green curry fried rice, which were first introduced as limited-edition specials at Rosa’s Thai Cafe.

Of the return, Rosa’s Thai Cafe co-founder Saiphin Moore says: “Growing up meat was a bit of a luxury for us - we ate a lot of vegetables and if we did eat meat it was locally farmed.”

“I’m pleased to see a trend of more and more people trying to eat a plant-based diet and am happy to be able to offer some amazing vegan and vegetarian Thai dishes, still true to my family recipes, but with a couple of small changes so more people can enjoy them.”

Rosa’s Thai Cafe CEO Gavin Adair added: ​“Our Rosa’s Thai Veggie pop up inspired a step change in our vegetarian and vegan dishes across the business several years ago. Saiphin continually pushes our food boundaries and it’s great to be able to give some of her most recent recipes a unique ‘home’ alongside existing Rosa’s classics.

"We’re looking forward to showing many new – and some existing - customers just how delicious veggie Thai food can be.”

Rosa’s Thai Veggie will launch on 10 March with delivery exclusively on Deliveroo and takeaway via click and collect from its East London kitchen. 

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