It's no secret that Thai food is my favourite cuisine. If I was told that I could only eat one type of food for the rest of my life it would definitely be Thai food. I love all the different flavours and the fact that they have so many vegetarian options. I truly believe that Thai people do the best tofu dishes and don't get me started on their sticky dessert rice, I became a 'sticky rice' addict on my trip to Thailand. A few months ago one of my work colleagues asked me if I would like to join them for a leaving meal at a new restaurant Thai street style restaurant in Leeds called 'Zaap Thai'. When went a few days later, I instantly knew I had discovered my new favourite restaurant in town. Everywhere I looked it reminded me of Bangkok, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. I knew when I left that I had to go back there and next time, I would need to take my husband.
My husband and I went for a meal at Zaap Thai on Saturday after a long day of shopping. I'm in Leeds almost everyday for work, but as we live in another town, my husband rarely gets the chance to visit. You cannot book a table at Zaap Thai and as it was a Saturday night I was a little bit worried we wouldn't get a seat, but when we arrived there was plenty of space. You could tell the restaurant was getting very busy, but their quick service meant that no-one really had to wait to be served.
For starters I opted for the Gyoza Dim Sum - a Japanese vegetable dumping and my husband chose the Kiew Tod - crispy wantons stuffed with minced chicken and prawn. Both of us really enjoyed our starters. My dumplings were flavoursome and not too greasy and my husband loved the mix of chicken and prawns in his wantons. Both dishes were a perfect size and not too filling.
One of the tiniest little criticisms that I have about Zaap Thai this time round was that we were barely through our starters and they brought out the mains, but I did like that the service was efficient and they didn't leave us waiting around for a long time between courses like a lot of other restaurants. I decided to stick to what I knew best for main and went for the tofu green curry. The tofu as always was cooked to perfection, the portion size was just about right and the green curry had lots of heat, but it didn't deter the taste. I really enjoyed all the chunky vegetables and I found this curry to be rather light on stomach and not too rich. My husband decided to try the duck this time and unaware of the Zaap Thai portion sizes he chose the large roasted duck. I couldn't help but laugh while watching him try to eat his dish as the portion was so large. One thing I learnt in Thailand is that Thai people love to share their dishes - in fact it's a bit part of their social life. Unless you have a big appetite, I'm guessing the large duck was more of a sharing dish and as I'm vegetarian and do not eat meat, I couldn't help him out.
The bill came to just under £30 for two courses (one of the mains being a large) and two drinks which I think is a great price for a meal in a city. Yet again Zaap Thai did not disappoint and I can't wait to go again. This restaurant definitely passed the round two test and still remains one of my favourite places to eat in Leeds.
Have you been to Zaap Thai?