Hot Plates: Zaab Street Food, Canberra
Author: Gareth Meyer
Photography: Courtesy Zaab Street Food
12:00AM, Oct 25, 2016
Zaab promises to halt Braddon's descent into dude food with a
welcome blast of street-wise and spicy Lao-Thai eats. The vibe is
busy but not bustling, with plenty of bar seating and bandana-clad
bar staff ready to join the fun. Graffiti-daubed corrugated-iron
walls and a noodle cart play to the street-food theme.
A dad-and-daughter team of Laotian heritage send out fine Lao-Thai dishes including a house-made sausage superb in its balance of heat, texture, and zingy herbal freshness. Lime, red onion and herbs make for an excellent chicken larb with a slow, creeping heat factor, while large bites of juicy pork and son-in-law eggs are among the best of the small snacks, and pad Thai and red curry duck with lychees suit sweeter palates.
Cocktail smarts are evident behind the bar - a thyme-infused Negroni is finely balanced. Over a dozen craft and Asian beers and a small selection of wine by the glass round out the drink options.
Zaab Street Food, 2/9 Lonsdale St, Braddon, ACT, (02) 6156 5638, zaabstreetfood.com.au