Best local Indian Restaurant in Essex 2014
One of the finest Indian restaurants in Essex Caraway Indian Brasserie, in Gants Hill, has won the prestigious Best Local Indian Restaurant Award in the Restaurant Guides
The Hart Brothers
The Hart Brothers, who have made Quo Vadis and Fino into such success stories
23a Ganton Street
Tel: 020 7287 9617
Carnaby Street has an age old hustle and bustle about it, which gives it its own unique character. In recent years, itâs also been a spot, where if you veer just off the street itself, youâll see next to nothing but restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes.
Rosaâs Carnaby falls into the latter category. With three sites already dotted around London, Rosaâs appears to be cornering the market in casual Thai dining with cooking standards which are a cut above the norm. That said, if surly waiting staff â and those are exactly the type we were unfortunately âgreetedâ by at the door and shown to our table. And sorry to say, things didnât quite improve throughout the time we were there. So if service with a grump rather than a smile is there idea of customer relations, well, Iâm slim and handsomeâ¦not!
Still, at least the food passes muster: Thai calamari was perked up by the partnership of plum sauce whilst the pandan chicken had a freshness about it. More substantial dishes on the menu appear to kow-tow to high-minded western tastes â does one really want Highland venison in a Thai cafÃ© â I sure as hell wouldnât! On the plus side, the old Thai favourite of beef massaman curry was generously portioned and well-made, ditto the house chicken green curry, with sides of a very welcome vegetarian pad Thai and stir fried aubergine with chilli, garlic, soy sauce and sweet basil, being top notch.
The off-putting service aside, the cramped seating isnât particularly comfortable either though at least the cooking here redeems the joint.