Middle Fish

Middle Fish is a brand new warehouse-space café serving Southern Thai style food in Carlton. After a rave review in Epicure the same week, arriving for Sunday lunch saw the place bustling with patrons and staff rushed off their feet.

We had the Thai style chicken omelette with a pure chili sauce, pork belly stir-fry with vegetables, roti with satay sauce and a great staple drink of South East Asia, iced coffee with sweetened condensed milk. While never having been to Thailand, a similar concoction was had in Vietnam some years ago in an outdoor café in Nha Trang complete with rats skittering between tables, but I digress.

The food was flavoursome and the chef none too polite with the amount of chili but this didn’t detract from the flavours. The food leaving the impression of honest, home-style cooking without the obligatory red/green/yellow curries we know and frankly are all a little bored by. The service was polite and despite protestations to the contrary due to being understaffed, quick without appearing rushed. Being a café, they also take their coffee seriously however with coffee snobs as rare as pigeons, in this town you can’t afford to be anything but.

Speaking with one of (whom I assume to be) the owners, they are planning a chef’s specials board that will have some of the meals cooked for staff at the café. We urged him on with this idea as this town really needs some authentic Thai flavours, Sydney shouldn’t have all the spicy fun.

Sadly no photos of the food as my camera ran out of battery charge, all the more reason to get yourself there and see (and taste) for yourself.

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~ by spatialthoughts on February 13, 2012.

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