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dinner at Yim Yam Thai Laos restaurant on Smith St Collingwood


I had lunch at Yim Yam, a Thai / Laos restaurant on the Collingwood side of Smith St, back in December 2011, but it did not seem a sufficient sample of the menu to be worth writing about. It’s taken some time to return, but I recommended it to two friends recently and we managed to get a table on a Saturday night.

Yim Yam has become popular quickly and deservedly so because it has fantastic food at reasonable princes. You must try the Thai coconut pancakes, which contain shredded pork with a sweet sauce. Totes delish. Where’s the beef recommends the vegetarian version and praises the extent of vegetarian dishes on the menu. Also amazing is the duck red curry, featuring fruit including apple, grape and lychee.

I hadn’t noticed during my lunch there that Yim Yam is BYO, and we were caught out at dinner. After having been out to see a show, however, we forsook delaying ordering food to buy wine as we were hungry and one of our party was jetlagged. Fortunately Smith St Cellars is nearby if you require it.

Some wines available there that would suit the food include the Chrismont rosato mezzanotte (a crisp dry rose from the King Valley), the Montevecchio bianco (a fruity blend of vermentino, fiano and moscato giallo from Heathcote), the hard to find Campbells trebbiano (a dry white from Rutherglen) and the Tscharke montepulciano (a soft red from the Barossa).

Finally, here’s my Thai style fried rice with spicy sausage from when I had lunch there (below) – not amazing but quite satisfying. There’s more interesting things on the lunch menu, and I would choose differently next time.

As Cindy and Michael note, accessibility is not ideal at Yim Yam. It makes use of every space in the terrace building, so only the front room is really accessible. To reach the other dining spaces and the toilets you need to go up or down stairs. It would be best to book ahead.

The dinner menu is extensive and could take a group of diners multiple visits to work through. I intend to return soon with a group of friends and some wine. We will order widely from the menu. I can’t wait to return. Yim Yam is another fantastic arrival on Smith St. It’s not as sophisticated as Easy Tiger but the food is no less impressive, especially because of the variety on the menu, and its more approachable for people with limited budgets.


  1. We ate there for the first time a week or so ago. Beware of the so called “special offer” of certain main courses for $9. What they don’t tell you is that the dish is actually a very small version of the usual offering (somewhere between a half and third serve) with a large portion of rice to fill the plate. Given the mains they are offering the special on are usually only about $18 its hardly a bargain.

    When the first “special” we ordered appeared we questioned the waiter and immediately cancelled the second “special”, and ordered something else. It was still on our bill when we went to pay, however, but was removed after protest.

    We thought the fish larb was the pick of what we ate. Food was OK but the business ethics of the place leave a bit to be desired.

  2. Good to see that the meat dishes also measure up! When I go back I’ll have a tough time choosing between the excellent dishes I’ve already tried and the ones I haven’t ordered yet.

    We tried one of the $9 specials that Peter mentioned and were satisfied with it. I’m not surprised to hear of the confusion he experienced on paying, though – the counter service feels quite disconnected to the table service.

  3. I went there last week based on your post. Good food (coconut pancakes were great) at cheap prices. If you plan to be in the same room with anyone for the rest of the day, I would avoid the Thai salami dish as it is very heavy on garlic.

    The courtyard area downstairs is a fantastic spot and if someone with a disability was keen on eating there, they could access it from Little Oxford st.

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