Located at 7 Lendal in the city centre, previously occupied by Gourmet Burger Kitchen, the restaurant will feature Thai-inspired graffiti, funky tuk tuks, neon lighting, hanging motorbikes and an electric atmosphere that pays homage to the iconic capital city.
The venture follows the success Zaap has enjoyed with its Leeds, Nottingham and Newcastle restaurants.
Guests will get to tuck into traditional Thai street food dishes, ranging from mild to hot as hell, with classics such as fragrant Gang Ped Thai Red Curry and the meaty Hoy Tod Crispy Pan-Fried Mussel Pancakes. The fast and affordable food menu also offers visitors the chance to take a gamble and try something new and exotic, such as the Pla Tod Gratium Deep Fried Whole Sea Bass or the vegetarian delight of Som Tum Thai Spicy Papaya Salad with peanuts.
New jobs in York
The new opening will create around 30 new jobs in York, ranging from management to waiting staff. Zaap Thai is part of the Sukho Group, who currently have seven different restaurants in their portfolio.
Head Chef and Owner Ban was born in Thailand and moved to the UK around 20 years ago with a dream of bringing her country’s unique flavours to a new audience.
She opened her first Sukhothai restaurant 17 years ago in Leeds and has grown the accessible Thai fine-dining brand into the what it is today. The first Zaap landed in Leeds back in 2015, becoming an instant smash with those looking for a more casual approach to Southeast Asian cuisine.
“We have been searching for a suitable spot to bring Zaap to York for two years now, and I believe we’ve found the perfect home at 7 Lendal, “said Ban.
“20 years ago, I could never have imagined just where my dreams would take me, but it turns out that the UK has welcomed Thai food with open arms.
“We cannot wait to introduce Zaap to the people of York and look forward to inviting them in for an authentic taste of Thailand, where street food is not just a meal, but a way of life.”
Zaap will offer a range of lunch menus and daily deals, which will change on a monthly basis. The midweek lunch menu presents diners with the choice of 2-courses for £10, or 3 for £12.95 and runs between Monday and Friday from 11am – 6pm.
Curry Monday allows customers to grab a curry and a beer for just £10 all day, while Pad Thai Tuesday’s offer the best selling dish with a beer or soft drink for the same budget-friendly price.
Asian cocktail creations
The drinks menu spans beers ranging from Singha to Tsingtao, authentic Bubble Teas and a collection of delicious Asian cocktail creations. Zaap has also just launched a menu of non-alcoholic summer drinks, including refreshing iced drinks and smoothies.