Monday, May 7, 2012

Middle Fish @ North Melbourne

I must have heard about Middle Fish ever since it was open for business and never really got a chance to pop over. Staying on the south side of town doesn't really help too. However with all things in life, if you set your mind to it, you will achieve it. I wouldn't say popping into Middle Fish is quite an achievement to boast about but at least we finally got to see what it was all about.

The Middle Fish is not your average small and cozy Thai restaurant, on the contrary quite the opposite. On the same row as Seven Seeds means what you are entering into is essentially an ex-warehouse unit; its spacious. Tables were nicely spread out and you even had a lounge like section.

Unlike most brunch places on the weekends, we were quite happy to see that the place was not packed like sardines in a can; meaning no queuing involved or being stuffed into a corner behind the toilet. We picked an empty table big enough for four which meant plenty of space to read the newspapers.

To the food and drinks.


There's nothing like a thai milk tea. Its strong and certainly as potent as a coffee. I would love to come back for one even though it's been freezing the last couple of days to even think of an iced drink. 


With Seven Seeds next door, its all too easy to have your meal and walk over for a coffee. However, I don't see the necessity as their latte was as good as any.

Time to judge the food.


Crispy Fried Egg and Sticky Roast Pork Belly for breakfast? You bet. I will be bias and say this was the bomb of a breakfast to have. To be honest, I think I am getting sick of all the brunches we been having, you know the different variations of eggs, avocado, bacon, potato and sausages on a plate. This was a pleasant surprise for me. I would have liked a stronger basil flavour coming through the sauce but all in all, I can't fault this. 


The Brown Rice Soup with chicken meatballs was another hit. After taking two sips, the Wife commented that it reminded her of the food she had in a Bangkok home stay. Comfort food that is cooked from the heart. I had a couple of spoonfuls and I agreed. This is worth coming back for in winter, despite as the name suggests is nothing more than broth with rice with a few condiments. 

What can I say, we loved our experience and we look forward to coming back again and this time maybe try a few more dishes.

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Verdict: 4 stars out of 5 stars. A refreshing change to our usual poached eggs and toast.


Sean said...

egg and pork belly all on one plate! if i'm ever sentenced to death by hanging and i need to choose the ingredients for my final meal, both egg and pork belly would be on the list :D

Michelle Chin said...

today my sister just had the rice in soup. she claimed that there is way too much of "dong choy", which made the soup too salty.

Baby Sumo said...

Yesterday we also had ramen for breakfast instead of the usual english breakfast. Makes a nice change.

Catherine. x said...

The Thai Milk Tea looks great! I've been wanting to come here ever since I saw Michelle's post, just recently :)

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

catherine: well time to pop over!

babysumo: oh how i miss ramen for breakfast..we used to go to this joint in brisbane almost every other saturday

mchin: yeah i do remember quite a bit of dong choy but it seemed alright for me

Winston said...

I LOVE middle fish! Such a convenient place to duck in for lunch cause of uni. But just a small tad beyond a student's budget. But really yum. I had the pork belly rice too and thai milk tea. SO good. How cute was it that it came in like a bowl-ish cup lol

msihua said...

That fish with brown rice is still my favourite.. their menu has changed considerably since they opened and will continue to do so, according to the seasons :) So make sure you eat your favourites!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: well i hope the brown rice soup is still there for winter!

winston: yeah i know what you mean, 15-20 dollars for a lunch is "outside" a student's budget and in any case outside my daily budget too eventhough I am working!