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4.7 /6 Excellent 52 Reviews

Middle Fish

Carlton Thai $$ +100

About Middle Fish

Dear diners, to reserve for groups of more than 10, please contact the restaurant directly.

In the heart of Melbourne’s Carlton and perfectly placed for University of Melbourne students, Middle Fish is a Thai restaurant that rewards repeat visits. They offer all the key aspects of Thai cuisine, from fishy favourites to veggie-friendly stir-fries, but they are more expansive in outlook than the average noodle shop, with an health-conscious approach and a creative take on traditional favourites. Discover their delights for yourself by dropping by Middle Fish on Berkeley Street – just remember to book your table ahead of time.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Thursday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Friday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Saturday 10:30 - 17:00
  • Sunday 10:30 - 17:00
Middle Fish, Berkeley St 122-128, 3053 Melbourne

Further Information

There is a set formula, it seems, for successful Thai restaurants in Australia. The ingredients must be fresh, the ambience authentic and the chefs skilled in maintaining that all-important balance of flavours that makes Thai food unique. While these things are all well and good, sometimes a little more is needed, and at Middle Fish on Berkeley Street in Carlton, they have their own take on the cuisine that certainly puts an idiosyncratic stamp on the food that they provide to the Melbourne public.

You can find Middle Fish easily. They’re on Berkeley Road in the middle of Carlton, right by the University of Melbourne, and when you make your appearance, you’ll be met with a menu that is replete with Thai classics, as well as a few lesser known favourites too. We’d recommend the suicidally-hot tai pla, grilled mackerel curry with sweet potato and more than a fair whack of chillies. A Thai take on the burger is available too – fish cake and bacon, with kang som tartare relish – so there is much to reward those who make more than one trip to this Melbourne favourite. Reserve your table now.

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52 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 52 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
23.05.2017 13:03

Always yummy food, with excellent friendly staff around. The atmosphere is very welcoming and homely. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.

1 review so far 6
21.05.2017 15:39

Delicious food, fresh ingredients, generous portion size and prompt service. Pork bun was yum but really spicy and hotter than anticipated chilli wise. Jasmine tea was divine.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 16:50

I loved the food the service and the decor of middle fish ... a great Mothers Day lunch for me and my family 👍 big thumbs up !!

2 reviews so far 6
13.05.2017 11:40

I always tell a restaurant by the smell when I walk in. It was divine - the warmth of the cooking smells envelopes. Menu was excellent with a lot of variety to suit any palate. House white wine was very good. Enjoyed. I am a returning customer and am sure to be back again in the future. Thank you.

1 review so far 2
06.03.2017 15:38

I've been to Middle Fish plenty of times, often for working business lunches. Today was really disappointing - we waiting almost an hour for lunch, after being handed a specials list and menu and being left to wait, and wait, and wait (the special one my colleague ordered not actually available - but no mention when seated). Then a long, long wait for food and when we told the waitress we would need to leave very soon (an hour in) were brushed off. All places have an off day, and today was one of those.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2016 21:59

We loved Middle Fish. Excellent food and an amazing atmosphere. Really, really good Thai food! I highly recommend it. Good for a date night or out with friends and family.

1 review so far 4
01.08.2016 11:03

Lovely atmosphere and some of dishes we tried were fantastic (spring roll, steamed buns, pork belly and broccoli). However, I felt that the service was somewhat lacking with staff unable to tell us what some of the vaguely named dishes tasted like, and no one came around during our meal to see if we wanted anything else although they seemed to having plenty of staff working. Having said that they were very friendly and appear to work a long day.

1 review so far 6
24.11.2016 21:05

Great food, excellent funky and unusual venue, very accommodating and informed staff. Definitely a winner and I will be back again very soon. Thanks Middle Fish

1 review so far 5
08.05.2017 10:37

brilliant ... great customer service & lovely food ... very fresh ... we were all very impressed & happy ... thank you Middle Fish ...

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 14:05

Great food. Clean and fresh. Good vibe but not too loud. will go there again. The menu says, "No split bills in peak times" which, for a work lunch is a bit awkward, but they happily split ours

1 review so far 6
31.03.2017 16:24

The food is just so fresh and great value for money. We brought our UK friends for lunch and they thought everything was so nice - especially the Roti and satay sauce! Awesomeness all round. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
09.12.2016 23:58

Delicious food (the soft shell crab and Vietnamese iced coffee is a winner). Great staff. Super amazing and kind manager Luke. Will be coming back and recommending it to all my friends

1 review so far 6
17.12.2016 13:28

Brilliant restaurant! Superb food with attentive service. Very quirky ambiance and a great experience. Cuisine was innovative Thai food with yummy drinks such as chai with honey smoothie. Will definitely go back!

1 review so far 5
09.08.2016 14:29

Very tasty, and good service. Personally, I would like a few more vegan options, but I really enjoyed what I had. Also they don't sell alcohol, but overall very much enjoyed the experience and I will go back.

1 review so far 6
30.01.2017 15:39

Food delicious, as always, and very good service. Love the ambience and the fact that the acoustics and seating arrangements are conducive to conversation - a draw card for me.

1 review so far 6
10.12.2016 08:04

Top venue. Staff were competent and polite. The food came out super quick and was delicious. Absolutely no issues with this restaurant. If you like Thai, you'll like MiddleFish

5 reviews so far 6
13.09.2016 01:43

Service was attentive. Accommodated to our special requests for food as we had 3 young kids with us. Not big eaters, so servings were more than sufficient for us

1 review so far 5
06.09.2016 08:03

Great atmosphere in an old warehouse with some quirky features such as the 44 gallon drums for washbasins in the bathrooms; delicious food with an array of interesting dishes and great service- highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
17.11.2016 14:08

Everything was wonderful, great service, comfy seating and the food was outstanding. Everyone's plates were empty by the end and everyone agreed we will be back very soon

1 review so far 6
07.12.2016 08:01

Amazing food that is packed full of flavor. The staff were fantastic and accommodated our requests and needs. Great choices for vegetarians. Will be a repeat customer.

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 14:50

Great service and delicious rice soup. Plenty of interesting choices. Will definitely return as I want to try the other dishes that all looked very good.

1 review so far 6
06.01.2017 07:28

Thai food at its best. Fresh, uncomplicated and reasonably priced. Served by efficient staff in a great atmosphere. Have been here many times and never disappoints.

4 reviews so far 6
13.10.2016 09:54

I enjoy Middlefish's friendly service and tasty and fresh meals. You can tell they put love into what they do because it's always excellent quality ingredients.

2 reviews so far 5
13.09.2016 11:19

A bit out of the way, but well worth the effort to get there. Staff were friendly, prompt and the food was delicious. I'd definitely go back again, and again!!!

1 review so far 6
13.04.2017 18:21

Have variety of food choice, taste nice, enjoy the combo meals, good service, nice place comfortable and clean, had a good time with my friends

1 review so far 6
27.01.2017 18:49

Great food. Fresh and well priced. The only negative is that all entrees and mains came out at once. We will definitely be back soon.

2 reviews so far 6
17.10.2016 16:52

Really great fusion food, good atmosphere, great interior design and very yummy food, service is good and value for money, try the spicy rice balls!

1 review so far 5
14.05.2017 16:50

It was great. Food was delicious and service was good and staff were pleasant. I would definitely go back again. Cons, portion not so generous especially with the desserts.

3 reviews so far 5
18.08.2016 14:29

Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food. Friendly staff, delicious food.

2 reviews so far 5
09.04.2017 15:55

The food is amazing and the ambience is great. Would definitely go back there again for meals :) the wait for food and drinks wasn't too long too

1 review so far 5
09.09.2016 16:35

Was there for a Friday lunch and catch up with a friend. Great food, good service. Pork belly with brown rice and spinach was delicious. Really good coffee.

2 reviews so far 4
12.05.2017 14:20

Nice place for a catch up lunch near Melbourne University. Always busy, so good to go earlier and book a table for larger groups. Food is usually pretty good too, though sometimes inconsistent.

1 review so far 5
26.07.2016 16:08

Food Amazing as always...a bit of a slip up in the order delayed the group eating together - the staff were very apologetic. would go back

1 review so far 5
15.05.2017 13:19

The food was delicious. It was early in the day so still quiet which meant our food arrived quickly though that isn't always the case.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 10:37

I absolutely love the Kha Na! This is one of my favourite spots to eat - especially for lunch with friends. Great atmosphere and food

4 reviews so far 5
31.08.2016 09:28

Fresh and healthy food to suit the majority of dietary requirements. I love the friendly service with a smile and that they remember your name.

3 reviews so far 5
09.09.2016 15:40

Great size portions and delicious food. Prices are not bad, not the cheapest. Shame most of the staff no longer speak Thai! Still great tho

1 review so far 5
09.02.2017 16:26

Very good food, though the range of the menu is not very large. Lovely staff and a good environment. Very reasonable prices. Well worth trying.

2 reviews so far 4
07.06.2017 15:32

Delicious as usual! Unfortunately they can't do the Rice balls vegetarian as the sauce has fish sauce in it which was a bit disappointing. Peanut sauce on noodles was yummy

2 reviews so far 4
23.05.2017 16:44

My Friend brought their toddler, and even though the she didn't eat the food there the staff were nice enough to bring her a Pooh bear dining set to use

1 review so far 4
02.05.2017 15:53

Found the food good, though not spectacular. Service was fast and the entire table was served at the same time. Good for small groups. Good for prams.

1 review so far 2
08.08.2016 09:27

The barrista was very rude. The waiter took wrong order on our drink so we told the waiter. Then barrista walked to our table and said with attitude that she made drink as per order and slammed drink glasses on our table.

1 review so far 3
07.08.2016 21:48

The place had a nice atmosphere, however I feel it's overpriced and the food wasn't great. I wasn't really satisfied and am not planning to come back

3 reviews so far 3
09.12.2016 22:45

The food was great but sadly they were sold out of 3-4 things we'd specially travelled to the venue for including the Soft Shell Crab Burger 😕

3 reviews so far 2
13.10.2016 09:33

Five of us went for a work lunch. The food is generally quite good, but this time around it was rather bland. My fishcake burger was not spiced enough, and the green curries around the table were only so so.

1 review so far 1
15.02.2017 16:19

It was a crappy experience to be blunt. My order was wrong, including my colleague's. The food was late. We were not served in the first 30 minutes sitting down. A colleague stood up and chased your staff literally across the restaurant to tell you that we were ready to order. Would not recommend anyone.

1 review so far 2
07.03.2017 18:22

The restaurant was nice. Very bad service though and the food was a 5/10, was pretty much white washed Thai food. Most likely wouldn't go again