As we walked through the door, we were no longer in Headingley but a vibrant street in Bangkok bustling with life! Neon lighting, funky Tuk Tuks and a relaxed vibe make you feel like you’re in the street food capital of the world. Thailand.
We were impressed with the colourful, brightly lit appearance and presentation of this establishment, both inside and out. Once inside, we were greeted by the polite and friendly staff and taken to a table beside the front window. We were presented with some prawn crackers and dipping sauce. Followed by the drinks menu, which contained a varied selection. As Nick was driving, he opted for a refreshing alcohol-free cider and I chose a glass of Pinot Grigio.
The menu was vast, with over 80 authentic Thai street food dishes. For his starter, Nick opted for Tod Mun Pla (Thai fish cakes) which were delicious and well presented. I chose the Gung/Plamueg Chup Pang Tod (Tiger Prawns in crispy batter). The batter was so light, and the prawns were juicy and flavoursome.
For the main course Nick went for Gand Ped (Thai red curry, with prawns) which he asked to be served mild. Served as requested the curry was smooth, rich, and a delight for the palette. Like many of their dishes, this is also available served with chicken, pork, beef or tofu. I picked Pad Pak Bung Fai Daeng (Stir fried Morning Glory with oyster sauce, garlic and chilli with belly pork) which was cooked to perfection and the flavours really tantalised my taste buds! For vegetarians, Zaap offers an extensive menu, including a wide variety of dishes with ‘This isn’t chicken’ - a plant based alternative, or ‘Zeastar shrimpz’ which are plant based prawns. We noticed that children are also catered for with a separate kids menu available at a very reasonable price.
Now to my friend’s favourite part of any meal, dessert. Nick liked the sound of the Glouy Tod which is a famous street food snack (Deep fried sliced banana in sweet crispy batter) which looked as good as it tasted. I decided not to order dessert as I was quite full from the first two courses so I indulged in a cocktail named Phuket On the Beach (Blue Curacao, Malibu, pineapple and lime. Anyone who knows me knows I love a cocktail, and this was by far the best I have had in a while! Nick had a mocktail called Phi Phi Island (Creamed coconut, with stained pineapple and pineapple juice) alongside his dessert. A perfect way to end a meal, this was refreshing - similar
to a Pina Colada!
Our visit at Zaap in Headingley was extremely enjoyable. A great establishment, welcoming, friendly staff, great food and drinks and a fab atmosphere. If you’re ever in Headingley, I strongly recommend a visit. It’s worth noting that they don’t take bookings here, they are a walk-in restaurant only. Also, as an avid rugby fan this would also be a great choice for pre-game meal as the service is super quick, exactly what you expect of street food!
Zaap also offer a click and collect service as well as local deliveries.
4 St Annes Road,
Headingley LS6 3NY
Tel. 0113 278 1234
22 Grand Arcade,
Leeds LS1 6PG
Tel. 0113 243 2586
York YO1 8AQ
Tel. 01904 626691