Since 2005, Longrain has been at the forefront of contemporary Thai dining in Melbourne. Its younger sibling is Longrain Canteen, a Thai lunchtime pop-up in the former Le Shoppe space.

Borrowing flavours and some dishes from the mothership, you can find Longrain faves like caramelised pork hock with five spice and chilli vinegar (served on a bun with pickles, coriander and sriracha mayo). There are also grab-and-go salads – a duck and green papaya salad, and a hot and sour prawn salad with glass noodles and fresh herbs – as well as red beef curry with pumpkin and Thai basil, and a red veggie curry.

For dessert, order a Thai milk tea panna cotta or a coconut chocolate mousse. To drink, there’s Chang beer, wines by the can, longan juice and Thai iced coffee. There’s also Asian pantry items like Maepranom brand Thai chilli paste, canned Thai coffee and Longkou brand dried vermicelli.

The space features leafy-green subway tiles, American oak finishings and copper fixtures. A neon green Longrain sign above the entrance and window decals depicts fish scales, in a nod to the jade-green fish scale tiles found in the original restaurant. There’s limited room to sit and enjoy your lunch in-house, with the venue being thought of more as a spot for grab-and-go meals.

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Updated: May 30th, 2024

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