Special December & January Hours

Open lunch ( as well as dinner) Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th December

Closed Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th December

Open dinner only (from 5pm) Wednesday 27th till Sunday 31st December

Closed Monday 1st January

Open dinner only (from 5pm) Tuesday 2nd till Wednesday 10th January

Normal trading hours resume from Thursday 11th January onwards



Wichian Trirattanavatin, known as Lek, is Saan’s head chef.

Lek was born in Thailand into a hugely food- focused family and learned to cook with his grandmothers from a very young age.

He’s the third generation of his family to become a chef, and after his childhood instruction in cooking, he went on to train at Bangkok’s prestigious Dusit Thani Palace College (now Le Cordon Bleu Dusit).

After working as a chef at a number of hotels in Thailand, he moved to New Zealand in 2001. In 2010, he joined the Comensa Group’s Café Hanoi, then in 2015 became the inaugural head chef of Ponsonby Road’s Saan restaurant.

Lek loves introducing New Zealanders to traditional Thai cuisine, particularly dishes from the Lanna (Northern) and Isaan (North Eastern) regions. He’s passionate about the fantastic produce we have access to in New Zealand, and showcases the country’s best ingredients to best effect in Saan’s beautifully composed dishes. Saan’s menu is grounded in ancient recipes handed down through Lek’s family, though given a contemporary spin.

Lek is a firm believer in the importance of eating together as friends and family, and Saan’s shared-style dishes aim to bring people together to enjoy great food and each other’s company.