Before Sarah and I got together we went for a few food and drink missions in Bangkok. I had a desperate urge for some food from home and decided to venture down Sukhumvit Soi 11 to try out the New Zealand themed restaurant, Snapper.
The Snapper Story
Back in the 90s a kiwi lad moved to Bangkok and ended up staying. Apparently he was constantly on the look out for good old Kiwi fish and chips from home but couldn’t find anything similar in an ocean of pad thais and masaman curries. Fast forward a decade and a bit later and he opens his very own New Zealand seafood themed restaurant, Snapper to feed hungry expats and Hi-So Thais.
Snapper is located at No. 1/20-22 Sukhumvit Soi 11. To get there take the BTS to Nana and walk down Soi 11, take a left at Cheap Charlies and you’ll find Snapper down the side soi.
The snapper menu (in all its ironic “MS Comic Sans” glory) if full of fresh, sustainably caught Kai Moana (Maori for seafood) that is both caught locally and flown in from New Zealand waters.
I ordered myself the NZ Wood Smoked Seafood platter (450 Baht), a selection of NZ Manuka wood smoked Fish & Mussels
(served cold) with breads & home made condiments along side a side of homemade Kumara (New Zealand sweet potato) Fries (160 Baht per serving). I’m unsure if the “Kumara” fries are actually the NZ variety, or local sweet potatoes, but regardless they were great.
One thing Snapper lacks is a proper vegetarian option for crazy hippies like my girlfriend Sarah, who was left having to make a meal of sides and white wine. We did however manage to find her some rabbit food in the form of The Rocket Salad (240 Baht) consisting of rocket, guava, celery, walnuts & Snapper’s tangy homemade balsamic dressing.
For dessert we shared The Kiwi Pav (200 Baht) as Sarah hadn’t heard of the things before, and it turns out, its actually quite hard to explain to an American what a Pavlova actually is, or why its important! The Pavlova was a great taste of home and comes served with Hokey Pokey Ice cream (again try and explain that to someone who hasn’t been to New Zealand), slices of Kiwifruit & a Forest Berry Compote.
All food comes with sides of good old Kiwi tomato sauce served in old school tomato shaped sauce bottles, and your choice of NZ chilli sauces such as Kataia Fire
I love good seafood but I’m horrible at cooking it, and haven’t tasted any smoked fish since my mum lived in Rotorua, so this was an absolute treat. The Kumara chips were a welcome addition, again something that I haven’t tasted since leaving home over a year ago. The Pavlova was another taste of home that you simply cannot find anywhere in Thailand.
There was a selection of NZ Wines (I think Sarah had Wither Hills) but no New Zealand Beer due to its lack of availability at the time. Now that Wishbeer is stocking Tuatara I hope that Snapper stocks the full range for some authentic New Zealand beer. I absolutely loved the place. For Sarah it was a little harder due to her preference for Vegan (or if push comes to shove vegetarian offerings), it would be great if they had something more substantial on the menu than sides or salads to cater for our meat deprived brothers and sisters.
That said, I’ll be back, theres simply nowhere else where I can get yummy smoked fish and pav!