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For the past three months, Lonsdale Street’s newest eatery has been teasing its Instagram followers with glimpses of brightly coloured cocktails and 80s pop culture.
Our first look at Lazy Su offered a peek into a Korean/Japanese/Americana wonderland where cultural boundaries were blurred and the neon was turned up. Then we got a sneaky peek at Lazy Su’s menu, with their recent (and very popular) Poké Bowl offering at Westside Acton Village, proving that behind the slick social media campaign there was indeed a very tasty payload.
Now, finally, Lazy Su will fling open its doors starting on Wednesday 29 March to a neon wonderland where the dining is casual but the food and drink are serious(ly good).
The team behind Lazy Su are young but experienced industry players including, co-owners Jared Calnan, Ben Ilic, Andrew Duong and Shaoyi Kuek.
Spacious and full of character, the interior is lit up (literally) by a series of light features that allows the space to transition from airy lunch destination and casual eatery to an intimate nightspot once the sun goes down.
The front of the restaurant is divided into booths and bar seating with Japanese style denim dividers making each seat feel intimate. Further towards the back, there are smaller round tables with eponymous golden lazy su(sans) offset by a back wall of gold and red mirrors.
While the overall décor is retro chic, there are kitschy touches too, such as the Maneki-neko (lucky cats) waving at you as you enter and the 80s ad posters along the bar fridges.
The main feature of the bar is a Tetris of lightboxes detailing Lazy Su’s varied spirit selection, highlighting their vast selection of speciality Asian spirits and Japanese whisky, much of which the team brought back from research trips to the region.
“We’re focusing on traditional Japanese and Korean flavours with an American influence,” explains Jared. “Food that is seasonal, accessible and casual with nothing priced over $30.”
A quick glimpse at the food menu showed an impressive range of options for lunch and dinner. Lunch items include Poké bowls and 12 hour Korean Bossam noodle soup (their Korean version of ramen).
Dinner covers all bases with items such as a Wagyu cheesesteak spring roll, Korean buffalo wings, XO Pippies and lots of fresh raw fish in the forms of a tuna tataki and sashimi platter. An interesting feature of the mains section is a ssäm platter, available with 72-hour beef short rib or char siu pork belly.
Lazy Su is Braddon’s new local. Casual, cheeky and absolutely fun.
Photography by Martin Ollman