Over the past five Friday lunches, its been such a pleasure spending time with all the wonderful employees and patrons of Zap Thai. During these times, we have gotten really close. Through activities like "trying to avoid knocking over children", avoiding plates of food smashing together, and the ultimate game of buffet twister that is played by almost everybody in the restaurant, we have become a unit of individuals with one common goal: trying to get as many of those delicious Thai Spring Rolls onto our plates as humanly possible.
A plate of Zap Thai buffet food with the famous spring rolls
I have decided to review the spring rolls, because once you get past the ordinary curries, the token pad thai, the predictable random vegetable dish and the weird soup, you reach the golden brown cylinder shaped, sweet vermicelli stuffed food versions of crack. I can't remember a time when a spring roll could have single handedly shifted the Victoria Buffet Scene, but Zap Thai has done it. Indicative in my colleague Andrew Augustines behavior, his actions of eating anywhere between 8 and 10 spring rolls per sitting, has made me re-think the impossibility of a fried-roll defining an entire buffet.
One of the older ladies in the back who cooks these spring rolls has a keen eye. One casual Friday, maybe about a month or two ago, Andrew picked me up from school and we went to eat the buffet at Zap Thai, except this was no ordinary day. It would define our relationship with the staff for weeks to come. There is a sweet sauce in a plastic container that is just exquisite when used for the spring rolls. I anticipated drowning in Thai rolls, so I poured myself a more than ample amount of sauce. Not enough to seriously waste it, but more than I should have taken. I'm sure most of you have, at one time or another, made the mistake of taking too much at a buffet, so I don't feel bad about it. Anyways she bitched me out, and I have been extra careful not to upset the staff here since that day. Now, I only pour as much spring roll sauce as I'll need for one plate or two, THEN if I need more, I take a little more. This is the kind of respect I have for a place like Zap Thai; a place that offers the best buffet spring rolls in town for the best price.
And bye the way, if your looking for an update on the food in general, here it is. The pad thai is pad thai-ey, the curry is good, the steamed rice is good, the soup is o.k, the random vegetable dishes are usually good and on the rare occasion they even have meat dishes. Today it was Thai spiced beef with broccoli. The beef must have been slow cooked for hours because it was extremely tender. And of course the spring rolls were out of this world. I had six, but Andrew set a new personal record with ten.
I would also like to take this opportunity to tell the staff of Zap Thai something: Buy out the restaurant next door, knock down some walls and expand. Nobody likes fish and chips anymore anyways. Out with the old British style, and in with the new Thai way of living. Thumb symbols for life. You will make a killing. Look at today. It was packed with a lineup for the 5th week in a row that I've been there.