A few days ago I had a hankering for good old British Style fish and chips (even though I am an American expat) and after researching the subject on the internet, went looking for The Offshore on Sukhumvit Soi 23. Driving up and down the soi I could not find the place pictured in the many reviews. I then realized a newly remodeled place called "Fish and Ship" was exactly where the "The Offshore" should have been.
I checked out the menu placed outside the establishment and decided to give it a go. I spoke with the staff and they told me a new owner took over, remodeled the place, changed the name and it has been operating as "Fish and Ship" for about one month. The remodeling is tastefully done and the upstairs has a very nice pub atmosphere. I opted to eat downstairs for the authentic salt and battery experience. I speak some Thai so told them I wanted the fish extra crispy (wish I had said the same for the fries). Two fish options are available, Dory for 120 baht and Cod for 180 baht. Chips are sold ala-carte for 60 baht for a regular portion and 100 baht for a large portion. Water was a disappointingly expensive 30 baht for a bottle of Nestle drinking water than is 7 baht at the nearby 7-11.
I opted for the cod fried extra crispy and was not disappointed. The coating was simply perfect. Super crispy and held up well to the copious amounts of Heinz Malt Vinegar I constantly doused on the fish. The waitress offered me tartar sauce which I happily accepted. It was a very tasty and welcome accompaniment to the fish. While the outside was crispy the fish inside was cooked perfectly, moist, flaky and slightly translucent in the center.
On the other hand the chips were a slight disappointment. Although tasty, they were limp and not crispy. Although edible, I would have preferred them being crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. When I told the waitress the fish was perfect but the chips were not crisply, she explained many British customers prefer them this way (is this true?) She told me that I can request them crispy American style next time.
Many other menu items are available such as a Bacon Sandwich for 170 baht, Mushy Peas, Coleslaw, Gherkins for 50 baht, etc. They also offer many British style Meat and Fish pies for 120 baht. Due to the perfect doneness of the cod I will definitely be going back to this newly refurbished establishment.
What more can you say? Genuine British style fish and chippies in the heart of Bangkok. Also, the new owner has rectified a problem many people complained about with the previous owner. I found the wait staff to be very pleasant and accommodating and the new decor, especially upstairs, is very nice and tastefully done.
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