The point at which the very best of Japanese and Korean culture and cuisine collide now has a name, and that name is Lazy Su. A new kid on the block in Canberra’s Braddon district, Lazy Su is off to a heaving start, covering all bases from all-day dining to lunches gobbled up at the bar, Asian tapas or all-night-long cocktails and saké. Straddling the line between bar and restaurant, you won’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 is bringing the flavours, sights and smells of Asian hawker street food to Canberra. Designed with 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, all neon lights and lucky cats starkly contrasted with traditional Japanese print and paper lanterns. 3D light boxes line the wall behind the izakaya style bar, this Tetris style display decorated with traditional Chinese characters and categories, from bourbon to whisky and rum, to help you pick your poison. The strong industrial vibe was cleverly designed as a versatile party space, as the exposed brickwork and cement cladding double as soundproofing, to take full advantage of the 2am license.
The real star of the show is Lazy Su’s menu, and one glance justifies why visitors have been lining the streets since opening to see what all the fuss is about. Classics like dumplings and wontons make an obvious appearance, alongside inventive ‘bao-gers’, like 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 eschallot, 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 7-dish banquet (8 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 a cocktail or two, 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 a top tier selection of sakés, umeshu, shochu, soju and whisky to work your way through.
Ideal for a quick, tasty lunch or settling in for the night till the DJ starts spinning tunes and tables are cleared for a dancefloor, Lazy Su is covering all bases for Canberra’s locals and visitors alike.