New seafood restaurant Fishmonger is on a mission to put crispy fish in the spotlight with fish and chips dishes that everyone will love.
A stop in Fishmonger will remind many of a typical fast food joint with its massive menu screen and blackboard showcasing the catch of the day. There are only three tables inside, but they also have plenty of seating outside, which is great considering the lush green space.
Owner Ploypapat Ariyakamolrat has teamed up with Lanta Pla Thai, a Koh Lanta-based fish processor, to source less familiar varieties from local fishermen and prepare them with advanced Japanese techniques like ikejime and Shinkeijimeallowing them to make more money with less common fish.
“Less common species are usually not recognized by middlemen because they don’t want to risk buying them,” said Walaiporn Chudokmai from Koh Lanta Pla Thai. “These wild-caught species therefore usually have to be sold at extremely low prices and we want to change that.”
There are three types of fish available: one is standard fish (THB 195 including barracuda, painted sweetlips and king mackerel), premium options (THB 260) (grouper and snapper) and catch of the day from Koh Lanta. .
On a recent visit, the pink eared emperor fish and chips (THB 195) was worth frying. Its golden shell lacked the usual heaviness of fish and chips, and the fish itself was chewy and meaty.
The Fish Burger (THB 195), a wonderfully light beer barracuda that packs a punch, was another crowd pleaser. Those who define themselves as “health conscious eaters”, they should opt for Kamong Prao (giant trevally) grilled salad (260 THB).
Fishmonger is located on Soi Rong Rian King Phet in the Ratchathewi district of Bangkok. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Tuesday. The nearest public transport is the BTS Ratchathewi.
Soi Rong Rian Kingphet, Ratchathewi
Open from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, except Tuesday