I’m a little biased when it comes to Thai as I am a Caroline Thai devotee and have yet to come across a better Thai restaurant in the West, or in fact anywhere! BUT Yim Yam isn’t a bad substitute.
The toasted rice & coconut salad is my favourite dish here and one which Yim Yam proudly class as ‘Matt Preston’s Favourite’ menu item. I’d be bragging too as it’s definitely a winner- crispy toasted rice mixed with beautiful Thai flavours and coconut. It’s delicious.
The mixed vegetables with satay was pleasant but nothing to write home about. The veggies had a good crunch which I enjoyed and the satay is the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness.
I obviously missed the chilli rating on the Hokkien noodles as they were very spicy which I felt overtook the sweetness of the dish. Probably my least favourite dish of the night.
The service was frantic- the staff struggle to keep up with orders and walk-ins. When I asked for the bill I was told that it would be a five minute wait unless I went up to the counter (only after I mentioned I had a movie to catch).
If you’re after a more relaxed atmosphere I would recommend dining at their Moonee Ponds restaurant.
– Toasted Rice & Coconut Salad
Tips & Tricks:
- Make sure you book, this place gets super busy
- Don’t expect great customer service as the staff are always so flustered trying to keep up with orders and walk-ins
- The menu is really lengthy and takes ages to get through, I’d recommend having a quick look at it online beforehand
Yim Yam Thai Laos
40 Ballarat St, Yarraville
Ph: (03) 9687 8585