Rosa’s Thai set to open the doors to its Oxford restaurant this August


Rosa’s Thai, Oxford
Rosa’s Thai on George Street in Oxford is set to open on 05 August

Rosa’s Thai, the popular restaurant group founded by Saiphin and Alex Moore in 2008, will open the doors to its Oxford restaurant on Monday, 14 August.

To celebrate the launch, Rosa’s Thai Oxford is offering guests the chance to be the first in and enjoy 50% off their food bill during its soft launch from Tuesday, 01 to Sunday, 13 August.

The 80-cover restaurant will open on George Street, opposite the New Theatre Oxford, and just a stone’s throw away from the Ashmolean Museum. Its red exterior pays homage to the first Rosa’s Thai restaurant in London’s East End, while the interiors are inspired by Bangkok’s rich colours and eclectic style.

The restaurant’s walls are decorated with photographs and artwork that tell Rosa’s story, which, combined with wooden accents and plants, create a warm, welcoming environment for guests at Rosa’s Thai.

Expect a feast of curries, noodles and stir-fries at Rosa’s Thai, Oxford
Expect a feast of curries, noodles and stir-fries at Rosa’s Thai, Oxford

Guests at Rosa’s Thai can feast on curries, noodles and stir-fries, all freshly cooked to Saiphin’s time-honoured recipes using the best of Thai produce, including chilli pastes from the Huai Yod district and rice noodles from a 3rd generation family business that has been making noodles for over 80 years.

The menu is bursting with familiar favourites such as spring rolls, pad Thai and green curry and Rosa’s cult dishes from rich red duck pineapple curry and fiery drunken noodles to fragrant chicken larb and papaya salads.

Vegetarian and vegan diners are also well catered for, with popular dishes including spicy and sour Tom ka soup with Asian mushrooms, punchy Jungle curry with tofu, and fan-favourite stir-fried aubergine with plenty of sweet basil – all best enjoyed with Rosa’s bestselling range of bubble teas and Thai-inspired cocktails.

Rosa’s Thai also offers a seasonally-changing menu of specials, a dedicated children’s menu and a varied selection of gluten-free dishes, complete with friendly service, making the restaurant a go-to for all dietary requirements. Rosa’s Thai will be available on Deliveroo for the local area from 07 August.

Rosa’s Thai, Oxford is opening on the site of the closed Thai restaurant Busaba
Rosa’s Thai, Oxford is opening on the site of the closed Thai restaurant Busaba

Rosa’s Thai started as a market stall in London’s East End in 2007, quickly becoming so popular that co-founder Saiphin Moore opened the first Rosa’s Thai restaurant one year later. Since then, it has become renowned for bringing its fresh, vibrant cooking, signature Thai hospitality and Bangkok café vibes to cities and neighbourhoods across the UK.

The Oxford restaurant will open on the site of the Thai restaurant Busaba, which opened in January 2022 and closed its doors in 2023 as part of plans to close all its sites outside London. The chain still has nine branches in the capital city.

Unlike Busaba, Rosa’s Thai runs several outlets in city centre locations outside London, including Bath, Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham. This is in addition to 24 outlets spread across London from Chelsea and Greenwich.

Speaking about the opening, Rosa’s CEO Gavin Adair said: “We’ve just celebrated our 15th birthday and what better way to keep the party going than by opening this beautiful restaurant. We’re so happy to be joining the vibrant food scene in Oxford and can’t wait to get the doors open!”

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