Vibe: Snapper burst onto the scene in September of 2011 and established an early reputation for some of the best fish and chips in town. They are a small but cozy restaurant located on Soi 11 right around the corner from the infamous Cheap Charlie's Bar. You will find a bright and colorful beach theme with nautical decorations throughout, including fishing nets, picnic tables and photographic montages of the owner's family and friends on the beach in New Zealand. It’s causal and unpretentious with a laid back vibe.
What to Eat & Drink: Snapper has an impressive selection of Australian and New Zealand wines available by the glass and the bottle. We recommend the NZ Heart of Stone Sauvignon Blanc, 2011 which goes well with most anything on the menu. One of the things that makes Snapper different is that they import all of the fish they use directly from New Zealand. You can chose from five types of fish indigenous to New Zealand and you have a choice of having them "crumbed & fried" or "battered & fried". The menu also has small descriptions of the different types of fish to make choosing easier. We recommend the NZ Red Gurnard Fish & Chips which is moist; yet firm, and a satisfyingly meaty fish. It is expertly prepared and the quality of the fish is apparent from the first bite. It is also a sizable portion; that is reasonably priced for under 200Baht per serving. You may also want to try the Jalapeño Tiger Prawns with Capsicum; which includes a hearty portion of large shrimp, but lacked the spiciness that the name promised. It is important to note that the chips served are hand cut and homemade, as are all the sauces including the tartar sauce, the ketchup and the "finger licking good" garlic aioli.
Insider Insights: One of the good things about Snapper is the quality of the imported ingredients. The price of the fish and chips is additionally reasonable, so it is easy to go and get a good meal at a price that won’t break the bank. Snapper really does need to improve when it comes to service. On our visit, the Thai staff were not particularly knowledgeable or friendly. Snapper is the kind of place where you go to fill up and leave; or better yet order and take away. It's not destination dining, but it is a good value for the money.