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Celebrated Melbourne restaurateur Scott Pickett – whose stable of venues includes Matilda, Estelle and more – stepped in to save this iconic restaurant from permanent closure in 2020.

He hasn’t tried to fix what wasn’t broken – the concise, modern, well-executed Thai menu is very much in the original spirit of Longrain, which started in Sydney in 1999 and opened here in 2005.

The Signature Banquet ($75) centres on classic Longrain dishes, such as the seared scallop in betel leaf, caramelised five-spice pork hock, and green papaya salad. The Royal Banquet ($95) features new dishes, made in Longrain style but “with a native touch”. Expect red kangaroo curry with wild ginger and Thai basil; a Moreton Bay bug cake wrapped in crisp bean curd; and spanner crab lon, a light coconut-y curry flavoured with lemongrass and seablite and served with a fried bun.

Newer upstairs bar Longsong, also owned by Pickett, serves as an extension of Longrain, while its loft area is more casual, with boozy cocktails and Thai street food.

Updated: May 5th, 2022

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