Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fat Fish Seafood Bistro, Watthana, Bangkok

Fat Fish Seafood Bistro sits not too far down Sukhumvit Soi 31 on the right hand side if walking from Sukhumvit road.

It looks all shiny and new from the outside and as you step inside, the interior is modern industrial with exposed brick walls, soft lighting and a bar that looks rather inviting.

I came here with Fluff (my American fellow foodie) as we couldn't find our original destination, the Home Run Bar.  Seriously, where are you?

Anyhow, back to Fat Fish, Fluff said that she heard some good things about this place and since it was raining cats and dogs, we decided to get out of the rain and into some shelter for some much needed food.

At 8pm on a school night, there were only a couple of other tables occupied.  An empty place isn't necessarily always a bad thing I kept telling myself.

The menu, as you can imagine, consisted of a lot of fish and seafood.  Over the page was a small, but adequate tapas menu and we decided to share a few of them rather than get a main each. 

We ordered small plates of calamari fritters (90 baht), paprika potato wedges (90 baht), garlic prawns (120 baht), and (from the specials) cheese and spinach spring rolls (120 baht). 

We got complimentary warm bread with butter, pesto olive oil and tuna dip.  The bread was soft and Fluff wasn't too impressed with it.  Myself, I thought the bread was a little too soft all over for my liking.  The dips were pretty good though.

Now, this is where the meal started to go from bad to worse.  The waitress brought us what I thought looked like the crab triangles that I had seen on the menu.  We never ordered these by the way.

When we told the waitress that we didn't order these, the poor thing looked like a lost puppy and went to ask the kitchen.  She returned to tell us that these were the spring rolls.  I had to laugh.  Do they look like spring rolls to you?  Exactly!

We decided not to make a fuss though and on first bite, I looked over at Fluff, who was eating them with disdain and I exclaimed how they were indeed the crab triangles.  She just nodded in agreement. 

Next up, the paprika potato wedgesNow these were hot and crispy, but they could have done with a side of sour cream.  They were good, but given that our only choice of sauces were thousand island dressing or tomato ketchup, we both declined.

Onto to the calamari fritters - a light batter - I thought they were just a tad over on the chewy side.  Again, they lacked substance and needed a good drizzle of fresh lemon and some freshly ground black pepper.

The garlic prawns were juicy and plump, there was also plenty of chopped garlic.  So this one came out as described on the menu ... garlic prawns. 

Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of the spring rolls, but they were like rolled up thin cigars.  And again, a dipping sauce of some sort would have been nice.

Maybe we just chose badly, but we both felt like we had just eaten a load of deep-fried batter (of which we had) that just left a taste of oil in our mouths. 

Neither of us enjoyed the tapas, especially when they brought out a dish that we hadn't ordered and then proceeded to tell us that they were the spring rolls.  And then, only to bring out the spring rolls at the end.  But it was also our fault for not kicking up a fuss in the first place. 

As we paid the bill, we looked out of the window to the opposite restaurant, only to notice how chock full of people it was ... always a good sign in my eyes.

And finally, to give you another review to read just so you don't just take our word for it, Hungry In Bangkok visited Fat Fish last year.

Fat Fish Seafood Bistro
20/4 Sukhumvit 31, Sukhumvit Road, Klongton Nua, Watthana
Nearest BTS: Phrom Phong, exit 5.  Take a right onto Sukhumvit Soi 31 and Fat Fish will be on your right hand side.

Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm-10:30pm

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