As many of you will be aware, a few years ago, me and the Mr went on holiday to Thailand for a few weeks. (I wrote a post all about it Here.) Being fully acquainted with real Thai food, we jumped at the chance to try out a new restaurant in town, Zaap Thai Street Food. From what I’ve been told, the staff are all Thai. This really allows the authentic feel of the place & taste of the food to flourish. When we walked in, we were pretty impressed. It really felt like we were in Thailand! Tuk tuks everywhere, bright colours, inviting scents all around… So we sat down and had a look at the menu.
Of course I started with a Chang! Possibly the nicest beer in Thailand in my opinion. After perusing through our options, we finally decided what we were having. We started out with some nibbles. There was chicken satay, crispy chicken & prawn wontons and Thai sausage. All were pretty bloomin’ delicious! The Thai sausage was the favourite though, absolutely loaded with flavour. (Sorry I was a bit excited and didn’t get any pics of them, you will have to take my word for it!)
Onto the mains…
Our friends chose massaman curry & half a chicken, Thai style.
The massaman curry was really really tasty! Very creamy with a strong coconut flavour. I don’t even really like coconut but this was seriously yummy blended with the mellow end of the Thai spice spectrum. Would highly recommend if you like the idea of Thai food but are not so keen on the heat.
I honestly have no idea what the marinade or the sauce was that came with the chicken but it came with a considerable amount of yumness! If I’m being totally honest, the chicken itself was a little on the dry side but it definitely made up for it in flavour.
The Mr opted for the crispy pork belly. That little metal pot you can see with the green/garlic sauce in it… possibly the nicest sauce I have ever tasted! I dipped my little finger in and it was literally like flavour came and slapped me in the face with a wet flannel. Absolutely incredible. As for the pork, the Mr loved it. Really soft on the inside and super crispy on the outside.
Me? I went with a more traditional Thai dish. Pad Ga Prao. (No. 58 on the menu of you’re interested.) Basically it’s either minced pork or chicken (you can choose whichever you prefer – I went with chicken) with beans, basil & chilli in a seriously tasty sauce. Finished off with jasmine rice & an optional egg. (I highly recommend having the egg.) I actually had a dish that was incredibly similar to this when I went to Thailand. The flavours were almost identical, so was the heat! Very VERY impressed.
We were all a little full after the mains but I really wanted to try the mango with sticky rice. It’s a very common desserts in Thailand and I fell in love with it while I was over there. So we decided to split 2 desserts between us.
We had some sweet dumplings which were really really delicious! (I’m sorry, I can’t remember what was in them.) And I got my mango with sticky rice. If I’m being completely honest, this was nothing like I remembered it in Thailand, I was a bit disappointed. Still nice, just not quite the same and you don’t get anywhere near as much of the sauce as you should do in my opinion. Still, if that was the only thing I was disappointed in with an entire 3 course meal for 4 people – that’s not bad going is it really?
As for value for money? Excellent. Four of us ate for a measly £70. That includes 3 starters, 4 mains, 2 desserts & 4 alcoholic beverages. I’d say that’s pretty darn good value wouldn’t you?? Another positive is that they have a big water tank that you can go and help yourself to for free. So if it is a bit too hot for you, you can cool yourself down at no extra cost!
Genuinely happy to give Zaap a 9/10 for their efforts. It’s really authentic, the food tastes great and very similar to what I ate in Thailand. The service was also excellent and very attentive without being overbearing. All in all, a fantastic meal out.
If you fancy visiting Zaap yourself, you can find their website Here.
I hope you enjoyed the post my lovelies, until next time.