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Cafe Michael 2

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by Jonathan Phoon (subscribe)
I love trying new food and new restaurants. My other passions are Origami www.weekendnotes.com/origami-classes-japan-australia-friendship-association/ and Pokémon www.weekendnotes.com/pokemon-center-tokyo/
Published July 11th 2018
Established in 1982, the family-owned Café Michael 2 along Rundle Street specialises in authentic Thai cuisine. The somewhat unusual name of the restaurant comes from its current location being its second location. The restaurant was originally located at 36 Rundle Street going by the name Cafe Michael before moving to its current location in 1992. Cafe Michael 2 is one of the rare restaurants where every dish that we ordered turned out to be well prepared and delicious.

The quality of their Crispy Beef was excellent - crispy with a moreish flavour from the seasoning in the coating. Some salad provided a fresh element to the dish and you can dip the beef in the sweet chilli sauce to add extra elements of flavour. If you prefer, the dish can be prepared using chicken instead.

Cafe Michael 2, Crispy Beef, Adelaide
Crispy Beef (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The chicken in the Northern Jungle Hot and Sour Chicken Curry was tender and the various vegetables all had the right amount of bite to them. The curry gravy gave the dish its distinctive flavour with a predominant sour flavour and a degree of spiciness that should be suitable for most tastes.

Cafe Michael 2, Northern Jungle Hot and Sour Chicken Curry, Adelaide
Northern Jungle Hot and Sour Chicken Curry (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


One of the stir-fried dishes available, the pieces of squid in the Garlic and Pepper Squid were fried to golden brown and there was enough garlic and pepper to give the dish its delectable garlicky flavour. There was also a generous portion of vegetables, whose plainer flavour acted as a good foil to the stronger flavoured squid.

Cafe Michael 2, Garlic and Pepper Squid, Adelaide
Garlic and Pepper Squid (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


If you want a dessert option that is a bit unusual, their Cheesecake Spring Rolls is a good choice. The filling did not taste too cheesy and was set off perfectly by the crisp pastry shell. The spring rolls are at their best when eaten together with the ice cream accompanying them. A drizzling of chocolate sauce completed the dish.

Cafe Michael 2, Cheesecake Spring Rolls, Adelaide
Cheesecake Spring Rolls (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


The restaurant had a comfortable casual feel with the tables spaced a good distance apart from each other. If you are looking for delicious Thai cuisine in the Adelaide CBD, consider dropping by Café Michael 2 for a visit. If you have an Entertainment Book, you can enjoy 25% off your total bill by using the Gold Card.

Cafe Michael 2, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)


Cafe Michael 2, Adelaide
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
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When: Lunch: Mon-Fri: 11am-2.30pm, Dinner: 5pm-10pm
Phone: 08 8223 3519
Where: 204 Rundle Street, Adelaide, SA
Cost: About $16 per main dish
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