|Middle Fish feast|
Middle Fish is not a restaurant I often find in others food itinerary or blog posts, but here is my chance to introduce this great place.
Middle Fish is a love baby from Pla, whose name translates to 'fish' hence the restaurant's name and partner David Holtum. They strive not for your usual Thai restaurant where you can pick between pad thai or pad see ew.
No, no, my friends, you can't find either in the menu book here.
The interior is pretty impressive; tables and chairs in different shapes, types, and colours. Some distinctive art items which are produced by a Thailand artist, are scattered nicely around the place. It looks colourful, exotic, and welcoming at the same time.
We are treated like king & queen by the friendly host Sam and the restaurant's manager. The food we chose are basically Sam's highest recommendations, picked from the extensive menu book full of authentic and unique Southern Thai cuisine.
Firsts up are the Thai iced milk tea and iced milk coffee, just in case we burn our tongues later. I like the latter better just because I always prefer milk in coffee.
|Iced milk tea - $4.5|
|Iced milk coffee - $4.5|
Our starters are the fluffy sa la pao (Thai style steamed bun), which are quite usually found easier at a Chinese place rather than a Thai. After suffering a mini heart-broken because they run out of the pork one, we get consolation from the soft and flavourful chicken grapao (stir fry with Thai basil) pow and tofu khew wan (green curry).
|Sa la pao (Thai-style steamed buns) - $3.5|
Then we start on the mains.
Oh, the glorious mains.
Tom yum soup is a must; it is sweet, sour, mildly spicy, and most importantly, hot. Melbourne was freezing that night. They are also pretty generous in the seafood pieces.
Dem juicy prawns.
|Tom yum soup - $18|
I didn't think I would be that happy in receiving a plate of salad. Yum pla nhuk, the salt & pepper squid salad with vermicelli, has interesting tangy notes and tender squid slices.
|Yum pla mhuk - $15|
Kha na (rice with crispy pork belly, Chinese broccoli, chilli & fried egg) is marked as a favourite and I sure know why. The weight is on the super crunchy and scrumptious pork belly, fenced by perfectly cooked Chinese broccoli and fried egg with seductive yolk.
|Kha na - $16|
The nam ya is my absolute favourite. It is Thai vermicelli noodle with deep fried soft shell crab with curry sauce. Definitely something I have never had before.
It is fresh with all the vegetables, and the deep fried soft shell crab is crispy and creamy, all tied together marvelously with the super tasty and rich curry sauce.
This dish is like the chorus of the whole meal. I want to repeat it over and over again in between the other dishes.
|Nam ya - $16|
|Pouring the curry sauce|
And then we reached desserts. Just when we thought we couldn't possibly eat another mouthful of anything.
Two of the most recommended desserts join the party on our table. The water chestnut dumplings with jackfruit and palm seeds in sweet coconut milk has familiar flavour I grew up with. A lot of Indonesian desserts use the same ingredients, especially the coconut milk. It is refreshing, sweet, creamy, and texturally exciting.
|Water chestnuts with jackfruit, palm seeds, and sweet coconut milk - $8|
The Oh La La Roti, however, is the one that takes the breath away. It is crispy roti served with mixed berries, coconut ice cream, honey banana, and gorgeous drizzles of condensed milk. It hits us with sweetness at first, but the the zing from the berries follows. Every bite has the shattering echo of that crispy roti.
We wish the berries are thawed longer though.
|Ooh La La Roti - $11.5|
We left with new friends, new food discovery, and new experience. Take me back to Melbourne, please!
|The manager and Sam|
Currency: $1 = IDR 14,000
Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great and unique Thai food, service is great, price is reasonable, interesting and catchy interior.
Irene's Getting Fat! and guest dined at Middle Fish courtesy to Pla and Sam. Thank you very much! All opinions, however, are based on our personal taste.
122-128 Berkeley Street
Carlton North, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 8899 6647
Web: Middle Fish