Saturday morning we were excited to wake up and go out for breakfast to a place in Carlton that we had been told about called Middle Fish. It is a rarity for us to go out for breakfast on the weekend so we were really looking forward to it. Charlie wakes with the birds so we were out very early only to discover that Middle Fish didn't open until 10am. Ouch.........but disappointment only lasted a few minutes as Andy of course had a back up plan! Enter Tom Phat.........
After a short drive to Sydney Rd we arrived at Tom Phat. Upon arrival I was immediately excited! The fit out was very cool and the front window seat was a lounge with cushions - perfect seating for a lazy Saturday morning.
After ordering coffees (which were excellent by the way) we ordered Black Sticky Rice with Mango, Coconut and Jaggery Yoghurt and Viet Eggs with Hanoi Baguette (we also ordered good old poached eggs and toast for Charlie and she was suitably impressed - well the eggs ended up all over her which is a sign of a very satisfied toddler).
They were out of Hanoi Baguettes for the Viet eggs so they served it with roti instead which we thought was a master stroke. We love roti and it is not as filling as a baguette. The fried eggs were nice and crunchy on the outside and soft in the middle which is just how we like them and the chilli soy dressing added a really nice flavour to the dish. I will leave it to Andy to explain more on the Viet eggs as I did only have a taste - I was hanging to dive into my Sticky rice!
The Black Sticky Rice with Mango and Yoghurt was unbelievable! The black sticky rice was lovely and plump and the yoghurt had a sharp sourness to it which I really enjoyed. My favourite part of the dish was the placement of the mango. There was a sort of mashed mango on top which was cool in temperature and then on the bottom there was chunks of warm mango! When I first dipped my spoon into the bottom and tasted a piece of the warm mango I was in heaven! This is a dish that starts off great and ends up amazing! A perfect (and a bit indulgent) breaky!
We really enjoyed our morning at Tom Phat and I know we will be back soon. It looks like it would be a great place to go for dinner and a few drinks....they have another room next door to the room we were in and again it has an interesting fit out with a what looks to be a well stocked bar. This room was not really open when we were there in the morning (lights were off) but I couldn't help taking a few pics.
184 Sydney Rd
Ph. 9381 2374