Thursday 17th April
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue
Photography: Christian Hogue

Longrain

85 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills
(02) 9280 2888
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon to Fri 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisine

Thai

Price
$$$$$

Powerful, fresh flavour combinations fill the small yet slick menu at Longrain. The restaurant’s modern take on Thai food has been drawing a full house of diners at this 110-year-old converted warehouse in the heart of Surry Hills.

On entering, diners are presented with two options. To the right, a frenetic room is packed with people perched around three enormous communal wooden dining tables. To the left, an elegant room with pod-like booths and individual round tables offers a more sophisticated experience. There is also a private dining room hidden behind a slatted wooden wall, which comfortably sits up to 18.

Executive chef Martin Boez dishes up a modern Asian menu characterised by a blend of Thai and Chinese influences. Dishes are designed to be shared and eaten with jasmine rice, combining sweet, spicy and sour flavours. Favourites include crisp-fried trout with banana blossom salad, mussaman curry of wagyu beef cheek and a shredded chicken salad of bean sprout tendrils, chicken, crunchy cashews and chilli jam. Sommelier Sam Christie has created a considered wine list to compliment the fiery flavours of the food.

The basement has been converted into a separate cocktail bar, providing the perfect place to kick-on after dinner. With a cocktail list as long as a book (we suggest the Caprioska, Ping Pong of Bloody Longrain), an in-house DJ and a small, but well-chosen bar menu, you can really wine and dine into the night. For something more casual, try Longrain’s sister canteen around the corner, Shortgrain.

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