If you haven’t been to Canberra lately (I’m putting up my hand here), you may not realise that its small bar and restaurant scene has exploded. Braddon, which used to be where all the mechanics were based, and the rev heads would cruise on a Saturday night, has now evolved into a trendy (gah I hate that word but it’s true) dining district. It’s jam packed with small, amazing places to grab a drink, a meal and catch up with friends.
One of the newer additions to the area is Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant Lazy Su. It took me a while to realise I was standing in front of it, because the red neon lettering on the front of the building, isn’t in English, but the coolest places are always the hardest to find, right?
Walking inside, I was greeted by one of the owners, who promptly deducted I was there meet my friend, greeted me by name, and showed me to the bar where we grabbed a drink and waited for our table. It was ready at exactly 8pm, which is when we had booked for. So far, so good.
The red lit, disco ball enhanced dining area, has loads of ambiance, and the hustle and bustle of the restaurant makes you feel right at home. It’s busy and you know it’s popular. Everyone is having a great time.
Lazy Su is owned by 4 mates, who each bring something to the business. Their common thread is Japan, hence the Japanese component of the menu, and the sous chef is Korean, so he’s brought some Korean spice and flavours into the mix. The head chef is Singaporean, so you’ll also find some dishes from Singapore on the menu. It’s a combo that works well.
For a venue that’s only been open 6 months, it’s already gained a steady reputation for great food and a good night out. We weren’t disappointed. We were also lucky to get a table, because even on a Tuesday night, the place was booked out. Hot tip: Book ahead.
The menu seemed to be ‘shareable’ so we ordered a range of small dishes so that we could try more of the menu. After having the Kokomo Island Feast at lunch, I wasn’t terribly hungry so we skipped the Mi-So Hungry Feed-Me Banquet option which comprises of 7 dishes for $49pp (which seems really cheap). It’s definitely on my list for next time. Instead, we opted for some amazing spiced Edamame, which was finger licking good, the tuna ceviche, which came out like a dip with crackers, and the Pork Xiao Long Bao dumplings. The dumplings turned out to be a single dumpling which was more like a pork belly slider. It was fabulous but not great for sharing, so don’t make our mistake, and ensure you order one per person!
I was also really excited to try Su’s Nori Taco. It’s basically a sushi taco. You can choose from salmon, Kingfish or sweet potato. We had the Kingfish which was served in a shittake salsa with mayo, spicy avocado puree and Su’s rice. It was served up in a crispy, light seaweed cracker taco shell (not sure how else to describe it) but it all worked together really well. It’s definitely one to try.
While the food isn’t the most beautiful to look at, Lazy Su’s serves up absolutely delicious flavours, which work well with the combinations of ingredients. There’s a reason this place is booked out most of the week.
You’ll find Lazy Su at Shop 1, 9 Lonsdale Street, 2612 Braddon ACT.