Middle Fish, 1000 Pound Bend, Rooftop Bar: Welcome Back To UniversityFebruary 25, 2012
|This is my dog, Lucie. She is not enrolled at University but this section of the post was looking a bit wordy and I wanted to introduce her.|
Students and faculty staff alike pour in at lunchtime – I’d suggest coming either early or late to avoid having to wait. Alternatively they do take bookings, but I’m hoping it won’t become the case that a booking is necessary to get a seat here. The coffee is also good – they use Five Senses beans (Pla has past experience at coffee havens Outpost, Sensory Lab and Caffeine).
The interior decorations are particularly cool: there’s a rather fabulous chandelier hanging above the entrance, and two paintings of a tuk-tuk (see top of this post) and a motorbike, as seen in Thailand and around SE Asia. The tuk-tuk and motor bike even have light bulbs integrated into the artwork that light up!
I was there with S and E for a quick lunch in between classes. S had the vegetarian fried rice, which came with tofu and a healthy assortment of vegetables.
I ordered the Thai North-East Beef Salad – minced beef with roasted jasmine rice, red onions, spring onions, coriander, chilli, lemon, lime (a very long list of very tasty ingredients). While I found it rather protein heavy and would have enjoyed a little more greenery, I thought it was a brilliant dish. Vibrant and fresh with clean flavours and a perfectly balanced dressing.
E’s glass noodle salad looked very similar to mine but with masses of transluscent rice noodles underneath the shredded carrot. She enjoyed it but said the noodles had a very strange texture. The glass noodles are tossed with minced chicken, carrots, tomatoes, spring onions, roasted cashews and bird seed chilli.
Also on special on Tuesdays are the burgers – Roo or Haloumi – at $8. I had the Roo (the Haloumi smelt amazing but I’m sure I’d be thoroughly sick of cheese halfway through!), and it was good. The bread was a tad too crumbly for my liking, but the patty was well seasoned and moist (I take issue with the word “moist” but really, what else is there?) All up good value for good nosh.
The evening kicks on, in balmy and casual style, at Rooftop Bar, where the cider is cold and the setting summer sun gently warms your face.
The cinema season is almost over, but this place is still great for early evening catchups, and it always seem to have a pleasant crowd of people.
Rooftop also offers burgers, hotdogs and fries, which I’ve heard are good, especially with a movie.
It’s early in the evening yet, but that meant we could catch the glorious sight of the setting sun reflecting off the skyscrapers of Melbourne. Suddenly my summer job is but a distant memory…
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