Zap Thai – spicy stuff in the burbs

Feeling the need for something spicy without the hassle of dressing up to look for a free table in Haarlem Centrum on a Saturday evening, we headed to Kleverpark and Zap Thai, a restaurant that offers dine-in, take-out and home-delivered thai food.The restaurant belongs to a husband-wife (Dutch-Thai) team. Their hope is to become an integral member of the local neighbourhood – like a neighbourhood meeting place, albeit with tasty food to attract a local following.

Complimentary Cassave Kroepoek arrived at the table as soon as we were seated. We ordered a bottle of decent sauvignon blanc (€20.50) – and made our selection from the extensive menu.
Yam Woen Sen: for entrée we split a noodle salad comprised of a mix of seafood, chicken, rice noodles, herbs and salad decoration. The seafood tasted fresh and was aptly spiced by the herbs and chillies.
Talay Phad Nam Prik Pao: Seafood stir-fried with onion and sambal. Delicious, generous helping of seafood and vegetables. Able to distinguish all flavors. Attractive dish.
Ped Phad Khing: Duck stir-fried with ginger and vegetables. Lots of soft duck pieces complimented by the ginger in this lovely dish.zap1

The restaurant interior is simple: green, wooden tables and chairs, and walls decorated with Thai images. When we arrived the restaurant was empty, but the kitchen was obviously busy with home delivery orders. The service was friendly and professional. The food was spicy as requested; fresh and delicious. Total bill including rice and wine: €62.
Zap Thai is a worthy addition to the list of Haarlem Asian restaurant – and will hopefully become an established eating venue in Kleverpark.



Het Uiltje – the bird has landed.

bar1As four beer aficionados, we popped by the new boutique beer establishment – Het Uiltje – opened on 21 feb 2015 in Zijlstraat. For Saturday 5pm, this hip space was buzzing with like-minded beer enthusiasts wanting to drink one of the thirty different beers available on tap. These craft brewers seem to know their stuff and do produce very interesting and tasty brews, which we had previously indulged in and enjoyed (Het Uiltje beers are available at Melgers). Unfortunately for a group of friends wanting to catch up over some afternoon beers, the venue was too loud, too hipster, and the wine glasses used to serve the beers (hence half sized beers at boutique beer prices) seemed too obviously an exploitation. Nevertheless, Het Uiltje is worth checking out.