Work starts ahead of the opening of new Nottingham Gai Zaap restaurant

Work has started on the fit-out of a new city centre restaurant. Contractors were spotted inside an empty unit in Upper Parliament Street with its transformation underway to make way for the new Gai Zaap.

Gai Zaap is the latest brainchild from the team behind Zaap Thai, the popular restaurant with a tuk-tuk in the city centre at Bromley Place. The new 66-seater eatery will be opening in mid-July in the former premises of Zaap's Thai supermarket in Upper Parliament Street.

Promising to redefine the chicken shop concept with its unique, innovative Asian-inspired twist, the name translates as 'super tasty chicken'.

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A selection of mains will include Thai-style salt and pepper chicken, fragrant Hainanese chicken rice, chicken noodles and grilled chicken with som tum salad. Crispy chicken skin and chicken livers will be served as small plates along with chicken cakes and chicken satay.

Accompanying the chicken will be a range of homemade sauces and coatings including tangy chilli-tamarind, spicy Thai Jeaw, crispy chilli and garlic, and tom yum spice. The culinary journey doesn't end there with Gai Zaap offering sides of crispy fries, sticky rice, corn on the cob, halloumi, and tornado potatoes.

The owners of the new restaurant have recently applied to Nottingham City Council for a new premises license as the new eatery takes shape. The workers on site were first spotted on Friday morning, June 7.