If I try to figure out how I haven’t blogged or reviewed Muum Maam, it’s that I first went long before I started to do food blogging. In fact, as the restaurant opened just below my old apartment on Holt Street in Surry Hills, I was one of their first customers, and I am surprised every time that they recognise me as such.
Muum Maam means little glutton in Thai, and that’s what you’ll feel like. It really has spectacular food, whether for a quick lunch (as evidenced by the lines!) or for dinner. The space can get a bit loud, so I’d try to get something near the window or in a corner, and as you can see, the lighting is low, which is nice enough to dine by, but not good for food photos.
Muum Maam makes consistently delicious and interesting Thai food, on the elegant end of the spectrum. I think it’s as good as the more famous Thai eateries: Chat Thai, Home and Spice I Am… but you don’t have to fight for a table. And in fact, it’s definitely more elegant than any of them (except I haven’t tried the new upscale Spice I Am in Potts Point).
I can never go by the betel leaf wrap. I loved the red curry whole-fried barramundi (below). I’ve often had the pork belly curries or stir-fry, and their noodles (at lunch, usually) are great.
Last time we went, the service, normally excellent and charming, was even more so… personality plus. And the wine (no BYO) was very good. It really is good this place. Give it a try.