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Published May 21st 2012
Muum Maam – it's Thai for Yum.
What Sydney doesn't need is another Thai restaurant, but after being invited to a new restaurant named Muum Maam – which is apparently the Thai street term for 'little glutton', I was pleasantly surprised. The restaurant offers enough to justify its position in this saturated market, and most definitely stands out from the pack.
Muum Maam is fabulous Thai restaurant nestled in Holt Street in Surry Hills, offering classic Thai dishes, backed by a pedigree of restaurateurs, including the guys from A Tavola, Omerta and Gelato Messina, so you know you cannot possibly go wrong with such talent behind this unique establishment.
The décor of the restaurant is a mix of warehouse meets chic style. The tables are all long sleek wooden tables nestled amongst the open-plan kitchen and beautiful Thai murals adorning the walls.
Large exposed light bulbs hang from the ceiling above and creating just enough light to see the delectable dishes soon to arrive on the table, which consist of authentic Asian food, minus the dirty Bangkok sidewalks and chaotic streets.
Dining with a group, we had the Little Glutton set menu for $39, which includes prawn rice crackers, a choice of 2 starters, choice of 1 salad main, choice of 2 mains, choice of 1 side dish, steamed jasmine rice and a house dessert. This is excellent value for money with this non-expensive tasting menu for groups of more than ten people, excluding drinks.
We do not see a menu outlining our choices, but I am of the understanding that the restaurant menu changes regularly with the seasons to ensure all dishes are prepared using the freshest seasonal produce.
The attentive, warm staff bring out the entrees which appear to be a salt and pepper style tofu and eggplant dish, which is not greasy and deep fried to perfection, and it is shortly followed by chicken satay skewers. Both dishes are excellent starters and we are all keen for the next tasty morsel to hit our plates.
Not one for salads, I was extremely pleased with the salad that landed on the table. Housed in a lettuce leaf, the Thai chicken salad was an outstanding dish. It featured cooked shredded chicken, with chili, coriander and a number of other spices creating an absolute taste sensation.
Our two mains arrived at the same time and we are greeted with what seems to be a pot of messy thin rice noodles with beef, drowned in a Massaman curry sauce. The beef is tender and the noodles soak up well in the curry sauce. The other main consists of a Thai crisp pork belly dish with aromatic spices and greens, and served with rice.
Feeling rather full, we realise that we are still entitled to dessert and receive sticky rice wrapped in a betel leaf, served with a very nice ice cream in a flavour which I cannot distinguish, but can only assume is from Gelato Messina.
This restaurant certainly doesn't disappoint, and upon reading their website, I notice that they also offer gluten free options in their al a carte menu, making it a good option for even the most fussiest of eaters.
It is most definitely some of the better Thai cuisine I have eaten, and I will certainly be back for more. In fact the website states that it in fact has two different personas. By day it is a street style Tukshop, and by night it is a casual restaurant - so you are spoilt by choice.
An oddity for a newer Sydney restaurant, the other blessing with Muum Maam, apart from amazing food, is that you can actually book tables. With good tucker like that, you want to be sure you can get a reservation!