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Pleasantly surprised, Longrain, Surry Hills

I am not usually a fan of Thai food, but I haven’t been to Longrain for a while now and was keen to give it another go. It is more on the fancier and expensive side. I remember going for a friend’s 25th birthday party, the cocktails were awesome but I don’t remember much about the food, so when R suggested it, I thought why not? I haven’t caught up with R and N since I got back from Hong Kong. Last time I saw them was in India at their wedding, so I was looking forward to the catch up.

We got there early, so it was still quiet. However, not long after we were seated, about 30 mins, the restaurant was packed! I am not sure if I am really keen on communal table. I quite like that ‘personal’ space with my friends without anyone else being able to hear our conversation. Same goes with hearing other people’s conversation.

It took us a while to decide, as we couldn’t help but talk and talk, we had 9 months to catch up on! We each picked a dish, I picked the Eggnet filled with pork, prawns, peanuts and bean sprouts and served with cucumber relish. This was on Time Out Magazine’s top 50 things to try in Sydney, and I can see why. The dish was served cold and was full of flavours. The crispy bean sprouts, crunchy peanuts, tender pork all eaten with cucumber relish burst with flavours, it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately the eggnet wasn’t crunchy and as much as it was pretty, it really didn’t add any flavours to the dish.

Next came the organic chicken poached in coconut cream & chili jam with thai basil lime juice & cashews. The chicken was incredibly tender, the chili jam with thai basil lime juice was delicious, and gave it that nice tangy flavour.

The ocean trout with coconut, and caviar was to die for! (I can’t remember the rest of the name unfortunately!) The ocean trout was incredibly tender, that it just melted in your mouth. The coconut was subtle, and the vegetables were a great complement. I really enjoyed this dish, but R didn’t like the ocean trout, as he is not a fan of red salmon, trout or any of the like.

We ordered a side of papaya salad and it was seriously spicy – it really gave it that nice kick! It was probably one of the nicer papaya salads I have ever had! Again, there were a burst of flavours, sour, sweet and spicy, it was scrumptious!

Unfortunately we were too full for dessert, between the three of us, we had three main dishes, and a salad and check out the mountain of rice! It was just too much.

I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually love Thai food and have struggled to find a ‘good’ Thai Restaurant! I love Spice I am, and I have to say Longrain will be on that list of ‘likes’. However, the only downside for me is that communal table and the wait. I have heard people waiting up to 2 hours for a table of two! I personally think they can make use of the space better, more tables and maybe a smaller bar.

It is one of the most expensive Thai Restaurants I have been too, however, the ambience, the service, the meal, it was well worth it! There is no reservations, come early as they do fill up very quickly. If you do have to wait, you can always enjoy a cocktail or two at the bar.

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Longrain Restaurant and Bar

85 Commonwealth Street

Surry Hills, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9280 2888

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  1. October 25, 2010 at 3:32 am

    dude you def have to try their desserts! theyve got awesome durian pancakes!

    • October 25, 2010 at 3:34 am

      DAMN!!!!!! i LOVE durian! i wonder if they will just let me have cocktails and durian pancakes?

  2. October 25, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I think I’m crazy but I thought that first picture was of a clutch purse! 😛 Anyway, yes the eggnet is pretty but I don’t recall my taste in it. But I do love a good papaya salad so I’ll try this next time I visit!

    • October 25, 2010 at 5:48 am

      LOL looking at it, it does look like a clutch purse! but its their menu! yeah the eggnet itself i thought was tasteless, but try the papaya salad! spicy and good!

  3. October 26, 2010 at 12:15 am

    aw! i normally loveee thai food…and with regards to “ordered too much”…don’t we always? heheheh

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