Located in Grass on Thong Lor 55 (accessible from Thong Lor BTS, exit 3 – it is then just a short walk or taxi away along soi 55), and open from 5pm until 2am daily, Fat Gut’z is famous around Bangkok for its fish and chips.
Fat Gut’z is the brain child of the same crew behind Iron Fairies, Mr. Jones Orphanage and Bangkok Betty’s and is inspired by an old style saloon/speakeasy style type of venue.
The big leather sofas help to create a saloon feeling, and the anchors hanging from the ceiling help reaffirm the nautical effect the restaurant seems to be striving for. The restaurant is small and cozy, the dark furniture and soft lighting create a chilled out ambience. Things are however taken up a notch when the nightly band start playing at 9pm. Usually specialising in blues music, they are really good and it is well worth visiting Fat Gut’z just to listen to their music alone. By way of something a little different to blues, a tribute Beatles Band, the Fab Four, play there every Monday who also reportedly draw a regular crowd.
Food wise, Fat Gut’z concentrates on seafood – signature dishes include their fish and chips which are 450B for one person or 800B for two to share, oysters (850 baht for a dozen) and salt and pepper squid for 280 baht.
Being a British expat, and missing one of England’s most famous take away dishes, I opted to try the individual portion of the traditional fish and chips and was not disappointed. They were as good, if not better than fish and chips I have had back in England.
The servings are on the generous side, with an individual portion containing two fillets of fish, some lightly battered prawns, a portion of chips and a whole pickled onion. The batter on the fish was just right – light and crisp and not heavy or greasy. The chips were also tasty – some of the best I have tried in Bangkok.
If I am honest I did find the portion size a little overwhelming and this is far from the cheapest place to eat in Bangkok, but I did enjoy my main course.
I am glad however that I did not eat my entire main course as I had already scouted out the afters menu before ordering and was determined to leave room for dessert and try the deep fried ice cream. And I am glad I did – this pudding was amazing – very sweet and rich – not one for someone who is not a fan of sugar! A dish of pure calorific heaven!
Rum and whiskey are the drinks of choice, although there are wide ranges of beers and New York mixologist Joseph Boroski has designed the exciting cocktail list – each is cleverly named after a sunken ship. Cocktails start from 320B, rum and whiskey from 220B.
There is a daily happy hour of buy one get one free on pints of draught Heineken and Tiger (6pm-9pm 130B). Red or white paseo wine is also available as a buy one get one free all night (for a red wine/get one white wine free add 100 bath) The spirits are also on offer during this time.
The crowd largely tends to be people meeting for after work drinks to make the most of Happy Hour, or local expatriate residents. It is worth aiming to get to Fat Gutz between 7-7.30 – firstly to make the most of the generous happy hour, but secondly towards 8 the place starts to feel up and I saw a few people being turned away as the venue was unable to seat them the night that I was there.
As Fat Gut’z say themselves on their Facebook page, “if you are a fan of booze, blues and beautiful people this tiny fish and chips, rum and whiskey bar is for you!”
I would recommend this though as a fun night out – the décor makes it a fun place, the food is tasty and different to the usual cuisine one might dine on in Bangkok, and the band are superb and guaranteed to get everyone dancing in their seat.