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Thursday, 19 May 2011

a table for three

Odd numbers can often result in a table seating anomaly with a person left hanging loose. This is never more unfortunate than when Kitchenslut again had the opportunity to dine with two gorgeous female companions down at Tha Fish on Tuesday night. It just doesn't quite achieve the same easy intimacy when its really a table for four, and KS likes to make the most of these opportunities for his ego and image. This was also my previous menage experience at Kanpai.

Birthday gurl was excited by the Tha Fish taster menu of $90 for two, however this came as serving portions in multiples of twos and fours etc, but not threes. A dining menage-a-trois discriminated against again! Never mind this was easily maneuvered with the helpful assistance to the wait staff, while sipping vino and sampling some morish whitebait starters, we selected a few extra entrees to share thrown in as extras to the tasting menu.

Our selections of ravioli of prawns, fish and scallops in a burnt butter and cashew nut sauce with truffle pecorino $15.90, and calamari cajun spiced with a salad of orange, fennel and rocket with mint and lime creme fraiche $15.90, were served at a leisurely slow food pace and fitted in to complement the tasting menu quite well: 

To Start: Sand crab bruschetta with rocket, tomato and capers; Fresh oysters steamed in bamboo basket with soy, ginger and shallots

Then: Hervey Bay scallops with braised pork belly, orange, coriander and master stock glaze; Black bean, chilli and seafood wontons with house made sweet chilli sauce


Then: Chefs Choice , which was a bug dish


Then: Fish of the day rubbed with a chilli and shallot paste in a crispy tempura batter with a tamarind aioli; BBQ tiger prawns with avocado salsa and blood orange vinaigrette


Finally: Pear and cinnamon frangipan tart with vanilla bean ice cream

As a treat the birthday gurl was allowed to self demolish the dessert after expiration of the birthday sparkler. Apart from the menage-a-trois dilemma, Tha Fish continues to impress with its service and seafood among the best in town, and seemed to be doing quite brisk business for a blustery Tuesday night. Maybe some of the seafood dishes served could have been a touch less cooked but that was all.    

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