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Zaks Tapas serves up comforting street food in Kent Town

First-time restaurant owners Troy Dawson and Ranga Thilakarathna cook up tapas with international flare.

Photos by Zaks Tapas.

Zaks Tapas has opened in Kent Town, and it’s serving up delicious-sounding tapas with international flavours.

First-time restaurant owner Troy Dawson is from India and lived in England, and business partner Ranga Thilakarathna is from Sri Lanka, so the inspiration for their meals comes from all across the globe. 

The varied menu has tapas such as Spanish and chorizo prawns, sticky BBQ pork ribs, and chimichurri chicken skewers. For mains, customers have the choices of Mexican chicken fajitas, a Porterhouse, Zaks vegan curry, and more.

There’s a range of cuisines, but Dawson says one constant is quality.

“We make quality food,” Dawson says. “It’s comforting street food.”

The best part? The small plates and mains are affordable, with dishes ranging from $6 to $35. The co-owner says this price point was intentional.

“Times are tough at the moment,” he says. 

“We don’t want people to have to break the bank to come for a nice night out.”

The restaurant’s style is minimalist, with grey stone interior and sleek tables. There’s a an outdoor seating area surrounded by plants, a wine display, Aboriginal art on the walls, and a drawing from Dawson’s daughter. The name “Zaks” comes not from a person, but from the first initial of the co-owners’ respective children. 

Thilakarathna and Dawson want to create an approachable environment. 

“It’s a place people can come and feel relaxed,” he says. “Everybody is welcome.” 

Find out more here.

Find Zaks Tapas at 39 A Rundle Street, Kent Town. 

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