Back to Chatters this week and once again this unpretentious restaurant attached to Midland Gate shopping centre pleased.
It is well set up, with attractive furniture, tables and chairs, booth seating, and efficient and welcoming waiters. And as on previous visits it appears very popular – a lot of customers enjoying their lunch.
Chatters is licensed, with a smallish wine list, but with a number of quality wines – and the mark up is very low – we had a bottle of 2013 Evans and Tate Breathing Space Cabernet Merlot – redcurrant and violets on the nose, with a little herbal minty note, while the smooth palate is characterised by silky tannins, plums, red berries and a subtle spice on the finish – it was a pity they didn’t have a Riesling or rosé, but the red went down well with our meals.
The menu probably leans more towards Thai cuisine but also covers a range of other Asian dishes – green and red curries sit alongside beef with black bean sauce, Szechuan dishes, satay and sambals.
We started with a serve of Thai fish cakes, followed Szechuan fish for Lady FWO and Sambal prawns for me.
The fish cakes were plump and juicy, served with a sweetish dipping sauce – lots of Thai flavours, lemongrass, coriander, mild chilli – we liked them.
The fish was lightly battered and deep fried – crisp on the outside and moist and succulent inside – a nicely spiced lift and served on a bed vegetables and noodles with a few fried dry chillies draped across – a chew of those certainly added another heat dimension although it had none of the tongue numbing Szechuan pepper notes.
With a little steamed rice, it was a fine dish –colourful, full flavoured, well executed integration of spice. And a generous sized serve to boot.
The prawn sambal – a goodly number of well-cooked sweetly fleshed prawns served with greens, onions, mushrooms on a bed of dry noodles were zesty and zingy – an enjoyable and agreeably turned out dish.
Chatters, from what we experienced, is meeting its aim of serving good quality Asian food at reasonable prices – we will certainly be back. The quality of the food we had convinced us this is worth a visit if you are looking for good Asian food around Midland – the prices charged for their wine is an added bonus.