160 Ponsonby Road
- Thai Asian Asian Fusion Dietary - Vegetarian Friendly
12:00pm - 10:00pm
- mon 4:00pm - 10:00pm
- tue 4:00pm - 10:00pm
- wed 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- thu 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- fri 12:00pm - 10:00pm
- sat 11:00am - 10:00pm
- sun 11:00am - 10:00pm
- $$$ - Avg Main $30+
- 09-320 4237
160 Ponsonby Road
- $ $ $ $
Saan is an award-winning Thai restaurant located on Ponsonby Rd; one of Auckland’s most vibrant, creative & cosmopolitan suburbs.
Saan specialises in authentic regional Thai food that combines traditional techniques and family recipes with the best New Zealand produce.
Favourite dishes such as the Som Tum green papaya salad and the crispy soft-shell crab are what has made Thailand street food world famous.
Our drinks menu includes independent New Zealand wine & beer along with cocktails from our award-winning bar team
We are very careful to choose ingredients that have been sourced with a deep respect for the environment.
Deep-fried shredded taro & bean curds w herb-salt & homemade sweet chilli saucePrice: $11.00
Khao Greab Nah Moo
Caramelised pulled pork on Thai prawn cracker w chilli oil & sesamePrice: $16.00
Chargrilled wild boar skewers in coconut & curry paste w peanut sauce & cucumber picklePrice: $12.00
Grilled banana leaf parcels stuffed w market fish, lesser galangal & Thai herbsPrice: $14.00
Wok seared cuttlefish w pickled cucumber, herbs, chilli, lemongrass, crushed peanuts & green chilli saucePrice: $15.00
Sai Krok lsaan
Isaan pork sausages w lightly pickled ginger, green chilli, shallot & blackened peanuts
Lanna pork sausage w aromatic spices & kaffir lime w young green chilli paste
Salted tofu paste on khom leaves w peanuts, toasted coconut & soy palm sugar dressingPrice: $12.00
Lon Phu Nim
Crispy fried soft shell crab w pickled crab & coconut sauce, dill & corianderPrice: $25.00
Miang Jin Nuea
Semi cured beef on khom leaves w peanuts, toasted coconut, crispy shallots & tamarind chilli jamPrice: $15.00
Seared venison w Chinese celery, pickled chilli, garlic &spiced saucePrice: $18.00
Cured Salmon w dill, Thai basil, chilli flakes, dried shallots & green chilli saucePrice: $12.00
Nahm Prik Ong
Wok tossed pork mince relish w Lanna chilli paste, tomatoes, grilled & chilled vegetables & cracklingPrice: $17.00
Somtum Phu Plarah
Pickled crab & spicy green papaya salad, tomatoes & snake beans
Gai Yarng Wichian
Chargrilled chicken thigh w Thai spices & lemongrass served w toasted rice & chilli saucePrice: $25.00
Wok fried flat rice noodle, marinated chicken thigh, eggs, preserved cabbage w SrirachaPrice: $16.00
Braised beef neck w fresh egg noodles in a spicy coconut broth w condimentsPrice: $16.00
Spicy stir fry of straw mushroom, seasonal greens, hard tofu, garlic & chilliPrice: $14.00
Gaem Wua Sarm Ros
Twice cooked beef cheeks, w spicy pickled chilli & tamarind saucePrice: $26.00
Taohu Long Song
Fluffed silken tofu w peanut sauce & Asian greensPrice: $14.00
Yum Pla Grob
Market price. Deep fried whole fish, herbs, shallots & cashew nuts w spicy sweet & sour dressing
Gaeng Hung Lay
Braised pork belly, w Hung Lay paste, ginger, green peppercorns, coconut & pork cracklingPrice: $28.00
Gaeng Keelek Ped Yarng
Seared duck breast sliced on pickled eggplant w cassia leaf bitter curryPrice: $37.00
Taohu Prik Khing
Stir fried firm tofu w red curry paste, snake beans, chilli, kaffir lime & green peppercornsPrice: $18.00
Kee Mao Talay
Wok seared banana prawns, squid, mussels, bamboo shoots, green peppercorns, chillis & Thai basilPrice: $34.00
House pickled seasonal vegetablesPrice: $8.00
Stewed seasonal vegetables & pickled mustard greens w garlic, chilli & shiitake saucePrice: $12.00
Vegetable salad w broad beans & spicy dressingPrice: $10.00
Somtum Thai can be
Spicy green papaya salad, tomatoes, snake beans & lime, dried shrimp & peanuts
Homemade pork cracklingPrice: $7.00
Brown jasmine ricePrice: $3.50
Sticky ricePrice: $3.00
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Professional Reviews: Saan
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Canvas Review - Saan, Dec 5 20154.0 Canvas 5 December 2015
Nat Cheshire's fit-out of Saan has totally transformed the old Video Ezy building on the corner of Ponsonby Rd and Norfolk St. Where we used to sneak back our overdue cassettes in the after-hours slot, there are elegant floor-to-ceiling sliding windows. Inside, the place has an alluring plantation feel with its white-over-wood toning, wide-slat venetian blinds, tables far enough apart to make the space feel cool and luxurious, with glimpses of gold I remember from Bangkok.
You can't book but we were greeted by co-owner Krishna Botica, who took our coats and immediately showed us to a table by the window. But this was a Tuesday and arriving at 7pm sharp we were lucky. Within minutes there was a queue behind us, so don't be lulled into rolling up later in the week and expecting a table without a wait at the bar first.
Viva Review - Nov 11, 20154.5 Viva 11 November 2015
Parking in Ponsonby is out of control. Many is the time I’ve arrived by Camry for a 7pm dinner date, only to spend the next 25 minutes prowling the side streets looking for somewhere to park it. If I’m lucky I’ll come across a resident who has put orange cones out to claim the space outside their home. But cones hold no legal standing. I bite my thumb at cones.
Once again on Thursday night it was bumper-to-bumper in Ponsonby Central, the only public carpark for a kilometre in either direction, and I was nosing out into traffic thinking about giving up when a ute vacated the carpark of my dreams, and I slid into a spot right outside the new Saan restaurant.
All of which is to say that I couldn’t have arrived in a happier mood, and things only got better from there. Saan is a really first rate eatery serving probably the best Thai food in the city, and I’m predicting many happy nights here.
- 2018 Metro top 50 Awards received @ 6 April 2018 Metro Top 50 Finalist for 2018
- Beef and Lamb Excellence Award received @ 13 September 2018 The restaurants who currently hold the 2018 Excellence Award have not been compared with each other in the assessment process. Rather, they have been judged on their individual merits and style of cuisine. So, whenever you see the prestigious gold plate hanging on a restaurant wall, you can expect tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes. So take the guess work out of deciding where to dine and check out our restaurant directory to visit a restaurant near you serving exceptionally well executed and delicious beef and lamb dishes.