Finding decent fish and chips in Bangkok was never an easy feat until Snapper opened on a small lane just off Sukhumvit Soi 11. At this bright and airy fisherman themed restaurant they serve a decent range of classics and sea food platters, making this the perfect place to go if you are looking for a taste of past summer vacations by the seaside. Snapper Restaurant is easy to find, located five minutes along soi 11 on the left hand side, along the small sub soi where you also find cheap Charlie’s Bar. Open from 17:00 until 24:00 on weekdays and 12:00 till 24:00 at the weekend, it is a fantastic spot to grab a casual bite to eat and chill out with friends and family.
Although there is plenty of a space and a high ceiling at Snapper, it still feels very cosy. There are comfy sofas decorated in cherry red and navy cushions, and plenty of wooden seating both inside and on the street outside. The walls are covered in fisherman's mementos, old reels, photographs and pictures, and along the back wall of the restaurant you will find a well-stocked bar complete with a fish-shaped beer pump. The passion for New Zealand’s fish is not only clear in the surroundings, but also in the menu. Snapper is easily one of the best non-Asian fish restaurants in Bangkok. The quality of the catches and seafood is impressive, all fresh from the seas around New Zealand and Thailand using sustainable methods and shipped directly to Snapper.
Seafood makes up most of the starters on offer, including deep-fried baby oysters, fresh oysters, mussels, marinated herring and some extra-crispy calamari rings, fried to perfection and ideal as a quick bite whilst you wait for your mains. Other dishes worth a mention are scallops caught right here in Thailand, they come sautéed in white wine, butter and chives, or for a bit of spice, try the tiger prawns, which come served on toasted ciabatta bread with onions, garlic, peppers and jalapenos with a dash of lime. If you come with a group, a great way to get a taste of all the great fishy dishes is to order a tasting platter, which easily feeds four and means you won’t be staring enviously at someone else’s dinner. There are so many great choices on Snapper’s menu that it is easy to forget about their most famous dish: fish and chips.
It isn’t an easy decision even if you do decide to plump for the house favourite. There are ten different types of fresh fish here, and unless you are an aficionado of New Zealand catches you may not recognize some of the names. You can rest assured that after our many trips to Snapper, we can guarantee that every portion of fish and chips tastes delicious. We are fans of the Blue Warehou (200 Baht) and the lightly-flavoured New Zealand Red Gurnard (180 baht). You can then pick whether you want your fish battered or crumbed, and served with garlic or tartare sauce as well as the traditional slice of lemon. If these choices weren’t enough then there are chip decisions to be made as well! You can have standard or thick cut, but our favourite has to be the Kumera fries: large chunks of fried sweet potato that come with sour cream and sweet chilli dip (100 baht).
To add an extra traditional element we always order the mushy peas with butter and mint. They may not taste like the version we used to eat as children, but that can only be a good thing! These are fresh and delicious.Fish might not be everyone’s number one choice so there are other options on the menu including a range of salads and rib-eye beef or lamb burgers (380 baht), served with chips and sweet onion jam. The dessert menu is kept simple with classic comfort food including baked blueberry cheesecake and warm chocolate brownie. You can either have a scoop of New Zealand Natural ice-cream on the side, or have it by itself.
The drinks menu is impressive with a great selection of Australian and NZ wines, with glasses starting at 160 baht. It’s quite surprising but their original cocktails are rather tasty and definitely worth a try. The list includes a Kiwi-oska: kiwi fruit with kiwi vodka, or Tik on the Beach, a muddle of rum, blue curacao, triple sec with orange and pineapple juice. There is a real family vibe about Snapper. They serve up generous portions of fresh, delicious food and you always get a very warm welcome. It’s a combination that keeps you going back for more.
Snapper New Zealand
- Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 17:00 to midnight and weekends 12:00 to midnight
- BTS: Nana
- Address: No. 1/20-22 Sukhumvit Soi 11 (located on a sub-soi 100 metres down Soi 11 on the left hand side)