Zaap Thai, Leeds City Centre

Overall Rating – 4/5

Quirky and cool atmosphere, authentic and affordable Thai street food!

££ – Approx £20pp including 1 starter, 1 main, and 2 soft drinks.

After ruining a homemade duck recipe, we decided to go into town on a Wednesday night to grab dinner instead. I had been to Zaap before and really enjoyed the food, and I didn’t think it’d be too busy on a Wednesday, plus there is cheap parking close-by. I was wrong to think it wouldn’t be busy because it was and I think just about every time I’ve walked past this restaurant it’s always been full! Saying that we still got shown straight to a table.

zaap

The atmosphere here is buzzing and lively, with a lot of staff on hand. The decor is quirky and great to see. The menu is vast, maybe even too much choice, with many curries, noodle dishes, soups etc etc! During the week before 6pm enjoy 2 courses for £10 or 3 for £12.95!

zaap starters

We were served fairly quickly and starters came out in no time. We decided to try the Chicken Toast and the Satay Chicken for starters. I found the toast a little greasy but the satay skewers were really good and tasty!

zaap mains

We then chose the Beef Pad Thai and the Pad Kee Mao (spicy stir fry noodles – I chose Pork). The mains seemed to take quite a while to come out compared to the starters, and we felt there was a big gap between the meals. The Pad Thai was good but a little bland compared to others we have tried in the past. The Pad Kee Mao was spot on though, just what I wanted! Spicy, delicious, loads of veg, and very filling! I’d have it again any time.

Overall we enjoyed the food and atmosphere here. If you’re in a bit of a hurry, this may not be the place for you. This is definitely somewhere to take your time, enjoy good food with friends, and make the most of the surroundings.

As Thai restaurants in Leeds go, I would say this is one of the best. I have yet to visit My Thai though!

Check out Zaap’s menu here.

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