Sydney, New South Wales

2016 SMH Good Food Guide Awards - One Chef Hat
Longrain is a contemporary restaurant located within an expansive 110 year old converted warehouse in Surry Hills. Try cult classic dishes like caramelised pork hock with five spice and chilli vinegar or the green curry, braised beef brisket. Longrain's modern Thai menu is made up of dishes created for sharing with diners seated on long, shared tables encouraging the spirit of eating together. Spicy, sour, hot and sweet flavours bring South East Asian using carefully sourced Australian produce. Longrain’s vibrant menu is created by Executive Chef Griff Pamment and is carefully balanced with wines chosen by restaurateur and sommelier Sam Christie.

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85 Commonwealth Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010


Surry Hills



Asian, Thai

Price Range:

$$$$ ~ $$$$


Fully Licensed (no BYO)

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Longrain is one of the only restaurants on Sydney's burgeoning dining scene where waiting for a table is part of the pleasure of the experience. Well-practised Longrain patrons will have perfected the art of a right turn, left turn manoeuvre on entering the distractingly-beautiful restaurant. A right turn will lead you to the obliging maitre-d and a flurry of hip and polite waitstaff. After you've secured a spot on the super-organised waiting list, make a U-turn and slink into the candle-lit cocktail lounge. A muddled blend of pear vodka, sake, fresh pineapple, mint, tiki syrup, apple and lime juice called the Asia Carrera proves to be the perfect antidote to a wet and chilly Wednesday night. Almost sorry to stop clinking colourful concoctions at our cosy bar spot; we were ushered to one of Longrain's famous communal tables, which stretch down the cavernous dining space like a chic, urban cafeteria. The dining area is incredibly spacious, with sky-high wooden ceilings a relic from the restaurant's previous incarnation as an industrial warehouse.

First course was Longrain's signature betel leaf topped with smoked trout chilli garlic galangal and trout roe. All wrapped up, the edible leaf entree feels like a present you give your mouth as a treat for waiting so patiently in the cocktail bar. We were not alone in our betel leaf bliss. Like a culinary symphony, party after party indulged in chef Martin Boetz's magical blend of textures and flavours. Among many shared mains, a highlight was the shredded chicken salad – an expertly tousled hive of bean sprout tendrils, torn chicken, crunchy cashews and zesty chilli jam with a generous dose of coriander and lime to keep the dish fresh. Longrain injects Surry Hills with a spicy glow that continues to surprise and seduce Sydney palates.
Kate Steinweg

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Award Winning / Hatted
Bar / Wine Bar
Historic Building
Private Dining Room
Something Different
Suitable for Corporate functions
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Pre Theatre
SMH Good Food Guide Awards - 2016
One Chef Hat


Luiza Gomes on 17/12/2014
My favourite international restaurant in Sydney is Longrain for it's amazing South East Asian food.
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