CAIRNS | After walking though the Cairns Night Markets during my first night in Cairns, I exited onto Abbott Street and spotted, Imm Thai Cafe. It was clearly popular, and the menu up on the windows looked legit. Two days later, I popped in for a meal and was very impressed.
One of my go to dishes is when I’m at a Thai restaurant is pork larb. It’s a dish that originated in Laos, that’s also widely eaten in Thailand. There are regional variations, with the most common being Lao/Isan style. This version contains minced meat mixed in a salad of herbs, lime juice, fish sauce, shallots, padaek (a thick Laotian fish sauce), and toasted sticky rice. Fresh veggies are commonly served on the side. The pork version is my favourite, but fish, chicken, beef, and mushroom versions are also popular.
At Imm, I of course, ordered the larb, along with a punchy Laotian style som tum, and dry (as opposed to the soup version) egg noodles with roast duck, served with a wonderful thickened stock to coat it in.
All up, a delicious Thai dinner that hit the spot. If you do visit, a tip (the menu states this but it can be easy to miss), is to make sure that you ask for your food to be ‘Thai person spicy’. The restaurant gets a diverse range of customers, and given its proximity to the popular tourist market, the default spice level is mild. Cool if that’s your jam, but ‘Thai person spicy’ is where it’s at for me.
Imm Thai Cafe
60 Abbott Street
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 2:00pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm