Imm Thai Cafe, Cairns

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
Cairns City
Queensland 4870

Telephone: (07) 4041 7761
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 2:00pm, 5:00pm to 8:30pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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