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Hello Mr Nice Guy!

Discover the beautiful flavours of Thailand at this Aussie-Thai fusion restaurant in the heart of Melbourne's CBD

Words and photography by: Brunch Addict

Melbourne is a multicultural hotpot and we’re so blessed for the different cultures that our state has embraced. Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Japanese, Mexican, Italian, African… the list goes on with the different cuisines on offer. If you have ever traveled overseas you would realise just how spoilt we really are! Not only do we get choice, but the quality of our international cuisines are of an extremely high standard.

Enter Pla Liamthong and David Holtham, owners of Middle Fish and their latest venture, Mr Nice Guy. Pla is originally from Thailand and her name means “fish” in Thai. As the middle child her family, Middle Fish seemed a fitting name for their first venture with its Southern Thai cuisine. And Dave? Well, if you’ve ever met him, he is quite possibly the nicest person you will ever meet and so the name of their second venture Mr Nice Guy plays homage to his wonderful personality, and the food reflects this with a menu that contains dishes that are a beautiful Thai-Aussie fusion.

We were invited by the good people at Zilla and Brook to try out the menu and Mr Nice Guy and we were glad we did! We had the pleasure of sampling their menu.

We were treated with an incredible meals that included:

  • Thai Milk Tea
  • Entrees of Fish cakes, Chicken ribs, Mushroom Spring Rolls, Pork Neck Skewers, Coffin Bay Oysters
  • Homemade Sauces including Nam Jim Jeaw (North East), Sweet Chilli (Central), Nam Jim Talay (South)
  • Mains to share including: Grilled Baby Barramundi w/ Green Papaya Salad & Nam Jim; Three Times Cooked Pork Belly w/ Kah Na, Chilli-Garlic, Oyster Sauce Foam; Mr Nice Guy Famous Chicken w/  Spicy Cauliflower and Leek, Confit Salmon, Sriracha Mayo, Chargrilled Leek, Pickled Radish, Smoked Raspberry Powder, Black Rice Cracker. Accompanied with Som Tum and Sticky Rice
  • Dessert of Lemongrass Cheesecake, Smoked Pineapple

We started off with a beautiful Thai Milk Tea, also known as “cha-yen”. It was creamy-red in colour with a mildly bitter tea-flavour. The tea was very reflective of an Asian-style tea, but with a unique flavour profile. The dishes to follow were one after the delightful with the standout being the beautifully juicy chicken ribs, the grilled Barramundi with green papaya salad and the Mr Nice Guy famous chicken.

Fish cakes, Chicken ribs, Mushroom Spring Rolls, Pork Neck Skewers, Coffin Bay Oysters

Grilled Baby Barramundi w/ Green Papaya Salad & Nam Jim

Three Times Cooked Pork Belly w/ Kah Na, Chilli-Garlic, Oyster Sauce Foam

Mr Nice Guy Famous Chicken w/ Spicy Cauliflower and Leek, Confit Salmon, Sriracha Mayo

Smoked Raspberry Powder, Black Rice Cracker. Accompanied with Som Tum and Sticky Rice.

Lemongrass Cheesecake, Smoked Pineapple

Mr Nice Guy has beautiful dishes that are reasonably priced, fresh and relatively healthy. The staff are friendly and the food is cooked with love and passion. Give a nice guy a chance and he won’t disappoint.

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Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 10:30am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 5:30pm – 10pm


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