MiMi - A Very Very Good Chef's Special Selection

MiMi - 50 Sturt Street, ADELAIDE SA 5000

A neon glow shines onto the Sturt Street pavement, beaconing us once again into Mimi’s warm embrace.  Nestled into the edge of Chinatown, this Modern Thai restaurant has impressed us before (read about our first visit here) and I (Dani) was keen to experience some of the new seasonal additions as well a few of their classic favourites.

When faced with a menu of delicious choices my go-to move is usually the tasting menu. I figure that the chef is the expert and if they think it’s worth featuring then it must be worth trying. The ‘Very Very Thai’ Chef’s Special selection at Mimi is a very reasonable $49 per person (minimum 2 people) and we were very happy to sit back and let the kitchen staff show us the full extent of their talents.

Miang Scallops $16

First up the Miang Scallops! To eat these delicate little morsels, we are instructed to gently fold the leaf’s edges around the filling and take in the tasty package in one bite. The lightly seared Hokkaido scallops were tender on their base of fresh betel leaves and the salty-sweet peanut coconut caramel sauce and rice cracker added a subtle texture to the bundle. Make sure you take the time to slowly savour these.

Chicken Bites & Som Tum Salad $16

Mimi’s owner also runs Plus 82 Pocha, the Korean eatery tucked away off Grenfell street (read about our visit to Pocha here). As a huge fan of Pocha's Korean fried chicken, I had high hopes for this dish and it did not disappoint! Juicy chicken thigh was enrobed in a golden-fried coating which was generously sprinkled with house-made larb powder. ‘Larb’ is generally a spicy salad with fresh herbs, fish sauce and lime and the powder had successfully refined all of the familiar herbaceous tang. The chicken came with a side of MiMi’s Som Tum salad and the refreshing acidic and crunchy medley bounced nicely against the heavier flavours of the rich chicken.

Oriental Duck Salad $22

The Oriental duck salad is a generous serve of succulent duck breast, served on a bed of mixed lettuce and nectarous segments of orange. This bright dish again showcased Mimi’s ability to incorporate culinary complexities with the sweet-sour citrus melting into the gamey duck and creamy nuttiness of roasted almonds.

Yellow Curry with Crispy Soft Shell Crab $28

Soft shell crabs are quite an experience and there are some who aren’t as enthusiastic about the prospect. If you are a fan of seafood and it is just the idea of eating the entire shellfish which is holding you back, I recommend giving it a try as you will most likely be asking for seconds. I’m a huge fan and appreciated that MiMi’s kitchen chose to keep the crisply fried crabs separate from the spicy curry sauce, as for me soft shell crab is always much more enjoyable when the rich crab’s shell has been fried to a crunchy texture. The spiced coconut curry had a nice heat and the vegetables were just cooked and retained a nice bite.

Smores Brownie

Dessert at MiMi is a constantly changing creative menu. The Chef’s Selection Menu only includes the savoury dishes, but our friendly waitress’ description of this dish had us loosening our waistbands and reaching for our spoons. A warm, dense chocolate brownie was swathed under a rich ganache sauce and puffy topping of toasted marshmallows. Fresh strawberries added brightness and lightness and the slightly minty Persian fairy floss was relished with a child-like glee.

If your usual Thai experience is a green curry from the local takeaway, you are really missing out on the diverse array of dishes this cuisine offers. MiMi has elegantly taken these classic street food flavours and presented them in an approachable high-brow format. Their service was exemplary - the waitress taking our jackets and umbrellas to hang neatly while we sat at the table and providing a subtle, yet conscientious, attention to our table throughout the meal - and there wasn’t a single dish I could fault. Their convenient location and stellar quality makes them a perfect option for taking your journey into Thai cuisine to the next level.

MiMi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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