Came here as an alternative to Seven Seeds. It's not what you'd expect - more a restaurant feel than a cafe, but don't be intimidated! The coffee and service are both fantastic. We both had lattes that were creamy and smooth. The owner has plenty of experience in the coffee scene around Melbourne, so you won't go wrong. Check it out I say. We'll be coming back to try the Thai food sometime soon.
Like others, I stumbled upon this place while heading to SS. Middle Fish, at least on first appearances, has a great deal of potential. There's an unusual vibe which I'm struggling to put my finger on. On first appearances (bare brick-walled and stainless steel Synesso, well presented staff and subtle entrance) Middle Fish does seem a lot like SS. At the same time, they have enough distinguishing features (wrought iron entrance, Asian-inspired menu, Loung Seating) to potentially steal some of SS' customer. A tried and true combo of Synesso Sabre and 5 Senses, my ristretto on the 5S harvest blend was thick, full bodied and beautifully presented (see photo). 7/10 only due to a lack of evidence re consistency.
A refreshingly pleasing new-comer, Middle Fish brings a fusion of Thai and third generation cafe to Melbourne cafe scene. Located perilously close to Seven Seeds, this warehouse conversion offers more than most. An open feel with wrought-iron decorative work, indoor plants and Asian inspired accessories make Middle Fish warm and inviting. The menu has little in common with others: 'chrunchy' omelette with mussel, for instance, is one of three thai breakfasts available. It was surprisingly light, yet satiating. Coffee was sweet, smooth and rich. Above average. The only slight downside was the service, with a few communication barriers evident. That said, the service was far from pretentious and bordering on humble. I'd come back, not only for the break from the ever-increasingly monotonous cafe scene, but also for the coffee.
This is a cafe that is refreshing different from the typical cafe. No brown bottles for water, very little wood paneling, non retro chairs and people dressed in sensible clothes. It's a place you can relax in and enjoy the day, on comfy sofas or in a big booth It is a mix of Thai and cafe. The food was great and tasted really fresh and came super quickly. The staff are super attentive and helpful. The coffee was very drinkable. A great drop and would happily come back again soon
I found this place totally by accident. I admit I was on the hunt for a very well known Melbourne roaster but as I picked the worst time in the year to go hunting (between Xmas and NYE) they were on a very well deserved break. I walked passed a number of times just to work out what this place was ...... the beautiful Synesso and fit out suggested roaster, but I with no roaster to be found. Middle Fish is not really a cafe, more a mash of Thai food and really good coffee. The service was outstanding from the word go, I was greeted as soon as I stepped into cafe/restaurant. Both my meal and coffee came to me in next to no time, even thought the place had quite a few customers. I'll be back next time I'm in Melbourne, and will spreading the word to friends in both Sydney and Melbourne.
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