Im Em Thai Moorabbin

There are at least seven Thai restaurants between my house and this little restaurant in Moorabbin, seven restaurants that all charge about the same, look fairly similar and all have a roughly identical menu. The location isn't ideal as it faces straight onto a main road; the decor is minimal, predictable and kitsch and the vibe is essentially non-existent as my wife and I are the only diners at eight o'clock on a Friday night while a poppy 90's best of CD plays in the background. Despite all of this we have been coming here regularly for many years and for one simple reason.

The food is outstanding.

If you are the sort of person who never ventures past the Pad Thai or the green chicken curry then you can probably just choose any of the seven other restaurants for dinner but if you are prepared to venture a little deeper into the menu and try something a little different then you won't be disappointed.

I've lost count of the number of times I've ordered the Choo Chee Pla. Bite sized pieces of fish fried in a spicy red curry sauce arrive still sizzling on the plate. Delicious.

I usually avoid the fried entrees, while perfectly fine there isn't anything special about them instead opt for one of the Thai soups.  The coconut infused Tom Kha and the light Tom Jued are both excellent however it's traditional Thai classic hot and spicy Tom Yum that is the standout here.

As this is a family run restaurant clearly surviving on the back of local deliveries the service can be variable but the owner is very sweet and if there is a wait I assure you it's worth it.

It's still baffling to me why sitting in an otherwise empty restaurant.

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