The point where the very best of Japanese and Korean culture and cuisine collide has been branded with a name – Lazy Su. Snuggled in Canberra’s Braddon district, Lazy Su covers all bases, from all-day dining to lunches enjoyed at the bar, Asian tapas, and late-night cocktails and sake. Straddling the line between bar and restaurant, you don’t even have to move a muscle as the drinks keep flowing when day turns to night.
The brainchild of Andrew Duong, Jared Calnan, Shao Yi Kuek and Ben Ilic, Lazy Su brings the flavours, sights and smells of Asian hawker street food to Canberra. Designed with the 80s and 90s Asian pop culture in mind, Lazy Su is anything but lazy when it comes to a fun night out.
One step through the doors will send you on a journey to the hustle and bustle of Harajuku, with neon lights and lucky cats starkly contrasted with traditional Japanese print and paper lanterns. Behind the izakaya-style bar, 3D light boxes line the wall and a Tetris-style display decorated with traditional Chinese characters and categories, from bourbon to whisky and rum, is there to help you choose your poison. The strong industrial vibe was cleverly designed as a versatile party space, with the exposed brickwork and cement double cladding acting as a subtle piece of soundproofing, to take full advantage of the 2 am license.
Nevertheless, the real star of the show is Lazy Su’s menu, and one glance justifies why visitors have been lining the streets since the opening to see what all the fuss is about. Classics like dumplings and wontons make an obvious appearance, alongside inventive Bao-gers, such as the Chicken Tonkatsu Bao with peanut sauce and slaw, or the Soy-Braised Pork Belly with herb salad, slathered in hoisin sauce. Bigger plates like the Steamed Barramundi with sambal, pickles and crispy shallots, or the XO Pippies with a fried mantou bun are ideal for sharing over a glass of wine or a cocktail or two. Top it all off with another bao of a different kind, this time sandwiched with green tea ice cream and black butterscotch. If you just can’t decide, opt for the seven-dish banquet (eight if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth) to sample a little bit of everything.
All this eating can be thirsty work, but thankfully Lazy Su’s trusty bar is well equipped. Kickstart the night with one of their inventive concoctions, like a Pisco Disco with matcha infused pisco, pineapple and tarragon syrup, or a Harajuku Girl in true Lazy Su fashion, shaking up Tromba Blanco, elderflower liqueur and lychee. Alternatively, buy your cocktails by the bowl, like the RUM DMC with Sailor Jerry, plantation rum, Cointreau, cherries and orange, topped with ginger beer. As if that’s not enough, there is an inspiring selection of sake, umeshu, shochu, soju and whisky to work your way through.