After watching the first episode of Someone Feed Phill on Netflix, I was in the mood for some good Thai food, not thinking we’d stumble on this perfect gem – and in Leeds! The atmosphere, the cocktails, the service and the food were all absolute perfection so if you ever see a ZAAP be sure to pop in and indulge
Zaap is a Thai restaurant that brings not only the glorious food from the streets of Bangkok but the unique cooking techniques, gram worthy cocktails along with an authentic obieonyce which takes you away making you feel like you could very well be in Thailand.
Australian chef David Thompson, an expert on Thai food says Thai cooking rejects simplicity and is about “the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish”. Guess we know why Thailand is dominating the worlds best dishes in the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers’ Pick), taking the lead with 8 in total – 2 of which we had in Zaap
. THE FOOD .
To start we shared the Bangkok platter which was a delicious plate full of all kinds of textured flavours – A selection of five popular street nibbles; steamed pork and prawn dumplings, crispy wonton stuffed with chicken and prawn, chicken satay, chicken gyoza and Thai fish cake – all washed down with the sweetest and most refreshing iced coffee. Jim ordered the Guava Colada, a creamy banana smoothie.
I had Gang Kiew Wan, a delicious Thai green curry with chicken, served with Jasmine rice and 19th place in the World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods. Jim had Pad Thai Bo Ran with chicken – a crunchy flavorsome dish and apparently a Thai classic. Not to mention 5th place in World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods!
Dessert / drink
What I understand from the Netflix documentary is that Thailand knows cocktails! They know how concoct weirdly wonderful drinks that quench not just your thirst but satisfy your sweet tooth too. Tued Tued was a wonderful surprise and tasted even better than it looked – the freshness from the mint complimented the sweetness of the mango syrup and orange, leaving the alcohol with just the right amount of kick – so good there was absolutely no need for dessert! Which is a first in my books.
. THE ATMOSPHERE .
I loved how fun, rustic and quirky the interior is, the street car, illustrations and bright lights make you feel the true essence of Bangkok. The concrete bar as you walk in and colourful illustrations within the branding reminded me of my nans as a kid while the cart and popcorn machine made me feel like one.
And from Phill:
‘These are some of the happiest, sweetest faces I’ve seen. Why is everyone smiling? Maybe cause usually where they are going is worth it and their usually going to food. There is stuff you’ve never seen before, tasted before, worth coming here for. So whats Thailand? sweet, savoury, sour, salty and spicy – sometimes brilliantly in one bite, theres very little bitterness.’