ZAAP – The latest Thai restaurant edition to Leeds. I went a couple of weeks ago with some of my colleagues. We picked a Wednesday to break up the week but didn’t even reflect over booking a table in advance. When we arrived it looked really busy from the outside and we thought fitting six people at the same table might be a problem. What you don’t see from the outside is that ZAAP has extra seating a few steps up so we were lucky. We were the first to be seated in this area but the rest of the tables quickly filled and as we left there was a queue to have a seat.
Bangkok Influenced Interior
What makes ZAAP so interesting is their interior design. They have everything from Tuk-Tuks (that you can sit in!!!) to Thai boxing shorts. There are plenty of things to look at and everywhere you turn you discover something new.
Although we sat far from the kitchen this time I love the fact that it’s an open space so that you can see the chefs and the food they prepare. It really made me feel like I was back in Bangkok and I’m so happy that ZAAP has made that possible.
Authentic Thai Street Food
The menu is packed with choices of starters, mains, soups, salads, noodles, bubble tea: anything you want! Some of my colleagues were clever to look at it in advance, on their website. I wanted to be surprised which made it very difficult for me to decide on the spot. In the end I think my choice was well made, despite the waitress first forgetting to take my drink order and later serving my chicken dish without chicken. It’s things that happen and I don’t mind too much as they quickly sorted me out and I got what I came for.
I ordered Pad See Aew – a stir fried noodle dish. I had been craving noodles for a while so what better place than a Thai restaurant to enjoy the satisfaction? Before enjoying the noodles I stretched my belly filling it with Chicken Gyoza. The final bill only came to £13 which I think is great considering the portions of the food and the environment making it an enjoyable a different food experience.
If you’re looking for a quirky restaurant to dine in in Leeds then I can really recommend ZAAP. Have you been? What did you eat and how did you like the experience?