The moment I stepped into Muum Maam on Holt Street in Surry Hills, I knew I had made the right choice. The smell emanating from the kitchen was mouth watering, the service was friendly, and the décor was warm and convivial.
It had been difficult trying to find a decent restaurant that wasn't too exxy, or too loud, or too casual, and would allow BYO and accommodate a large group (there were about 20 of us). Muum Maam was just the ticket.
They sat us at one corner where there was a long communal table big enough to accommodate all of us. All around us, there were large groups enjoying their meals and it became apparent that Muum Maam did indeed accommodate groups very well. They whisked away our bottles of wine and began to bring out glasses as more and more people began to arrive. We all began to settle in and drink our wines as we waited for our food to arrive. As a large group, we were advised that we had to get the banquet menu, which was fine by us all.
Before long the entrees of salt and pepper tofu and eggplants, crispy crab and prawn rice spring rolls and grilled chicken skewers began to arrive. These were demolished quickly amidst much talking and drinking, and before we knew it, the mains of stir frys and salads and noodles began to arrive and were once again demolished in short order, but perhaps a little slower than the entrees, as we were all beginning to feel quite happily satisfied.
Throughout the whole dinner, the wait staff were unfailing polite and courteous which allowed us to appreciate each other's company with very little to disrupt our enjoyment.