Review: Muum Maam, Barangaroo

Eat, Restaurants, Sydney / 16 September 2020

Swing by Muum Maam for authentic Thai dishes and rich flavours in the heart of Barangaroo.

Set along the foreshore of Barangaroo, Muum Maam brings authentic Thai food to the heart of the bustling CBD. The food is flavourful, colourful, and fittingly, the restaurant’s name is slang for “little glutton” which describes how you feel as you keep eating the delicious food.

Muum Maam has nailed their menu and it could be enjoyed at lunch or dinner, rain hail or shine. They have heaters and wind covers to keep you warm and in summer the sun shines through. The restaurant prides itself on cooking everything from scratch, which you can tell when you taste the wonderful food.

Image: Sarah Allport

The menu has a quick lunch “Tuk Shop” style menu with wok-fried or curry dishes served with rice, ranging from Pad Thai, to slow-cooked beef curry and chicken and chilli jam cashew stir fry.

For takeaway and dinner, there is a more substantial menu with starters ranging from a very beautiful Moreton Bay Bug betel leaf with chilli, peanuts, lime and toasted coconut ($6 each) and the crab and prawn rice net spring rolls with homemade plum sauce (6 for $12). Both entrees were packed full of flavour and a nice way to start the meal. You could also try the grilled chicken skewers with peanut sauce (4 for $16) or fried silky tofu with eggplant and sweet chilli as other options.

Mains at Muum Maam are large, prepared with care and evidently delicious. As the weather warms, the green papaya and calamari salad with cucumber, crushed peanuts, chilli and lime ($25) is the perfect dish full of flavour, while still being on the lighter side. The jungle curry of Barramundi with Thai eggplant, baby corn, basil and wild ginger ($29) is again very flavoursome, full of spices and a great option to share.

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We tried the 8hr slow-cooked massaman “Rangers Valley” wagyu beef shin with sweet potato and roti ($30). It was decadent, fall-off-the-bone tender and a great share dish again. If you love a classic, don’t miss the grown-up Sen Jan Pad Thai noodles with prawns, egg, radish, chilli and peanuts ($25). It’s Pad Thai as you know it, but refined and perfectly cooked, almost andante noodles which we loved. There’s more curries, noodles, greens and meats to try, just remember to bring a few friends so you can try it all.

We enjoyed the ambiance, food and location a lot, just out of the hustle of the city centre, but wonderfully placed on the waterfront.

Find Muum Maam at Shop 6/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo. Find out more and book your spot here

Feature Image Credit: Sarah Allport