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“Superb food but...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Longrain

Longrain
44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
(03) 9671 3151
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Ranked #55 of 4,089 Restaurants in Melbourne
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
melbourne
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109 restaurant reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
“Superb food but...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

It was our first time in this restaurant and because they only accept bookings for 6 or more, we came in early and was immediately seated at 6:30 pm on a Friday night. The communal table and sharing of dishes are great concepts, but the place was too dark which makes it a bit hard to appreciate the food. Our waitress was friendly and very competent, making good suggestions to balance the sweet and savory aspects of the items we were planning to order.

The signature dish, filled eggnet with pork, prawns, caramelised coconut and cucumber relish was truly refreshing. An entree size of this dish was not on the one page menu but our waitress suggested this and she was spot on because we saw the main size which was quite big for 3 people to share. One of two main dishes we ordered was the whole fried fish of the day, which turned out to be flounder, beautifully cooked with chilli, lime and tamarind. The teenager in our group loved it and said it tasted like chicken. The other main dish was the caramelised pork hock with five spice and chilli. The pork was so soft and wonderfully cooked with a balance of flavours, much better than Red Spice Road's version. We also ordered the green papaya snake bean salad, which provided a sour-spicy balance to the meal although the snake beans were raw and could have been better if they were blanched. Rice for 3 people came in a bowl and we found out later that it was refillable although our waitress forgot to mention this at the start.

We still had some room for dessert so we ordered the $30 Dessert plate (tasting plates of the desserts they have on offer). This was the major let down of the night because although it looked nice, everything on the plate was too sweet and unimaginatively prepared. Maybe that's why the dessert selections were not listed in their website. It had the black sticky rice with mango bits, totally forgettable; coconut with raspberry gelatin in a shot glass - tasteless; sago and taro, ordinary; another coconut dessert with chewy almost un-digestable bits; and the caramelised palm sugar in a small bowl, diabetes-inducing. Chin chin's desserts were far better and having been fortunate to travel to Thailand, the typical Thai desserts were simple, light and refreshing, providing a nice end to a sweet and spicy meal. You need to go back to the drawing board Longrain and improve your dessert fare.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Bloody Longrain!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

We arrived early at Longrain on a Thursday night for a meal before attending one of the nearby theatres. We were waiting for friends to arrive so ordered some drinks. I didn't expect the pre-dinner drinks to be such a highlight. I ordered a "Bloody Longrain", the restaurant's Thai version of the classic Bloody Mary. I think the classic version of the bloody mary should take note of this delectable hot and spicy concoction. It was the perfect way to start our meal. We started with the betel leaf, blue swimmer crab, curry powder, ginger and chilli. Delicious! Followed by a range of mains of whole trout, duck and scallops with steamed green vegetables and jasmine rice. Once again the dishes were well presented and gave us all the Asian flavors of hot, sour,
salty and sweet.

We shared a dessert, a cardamon creme with blood orange jelly and roasted ginger. A light and refreshing way to finish our meal. We have been coming to Longrain for several years and have never been disappointed. Longrain is the complete package when it comes to modern Thai dining. Great decor and atmosphere, professional, attentive and friendly staff and great food. I almost forgot the cocktails, particularly the Bloody Longrain.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fabulous”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

One of our favourite restaurants in Australia and when ever in Melbourne we always spend one dinner at Longgrain. The place is large with long tables (if you don't feel comfortable sitting near strangers try a place at the bar both are great and offer different dinning experience. At the tables your more likely to interact with other guests at the bar you interact a lot with the bar staff (who are wonderful and create the best cocktails). The waiters are marvellous and can talk about any dish with knowledge and will even recommend drinks to match your meals . The best part about this place however is the food it is tasty well presented and fresh. If you like fish try their house special deep fried fish (yum) but you really can't go wrong with anything you order. It can get a bit pricey if you don't watch your alcohol purchases but if you only come here a couple of times a year it is a great dining experience. Well worth a try.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Not good”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Not a good place for first date! Picture this atmosphere... it was very noisy, very dark and you are sitting side of side each other sharing a table with strangers that seats 16? Weird guy (stranger) kept on starring at your my girl the whole night!! Food was terrible, it was too sweet and bitter, I ordered a few dishes and it had similar tastes The food was drowned with fish sauce. The fish was normal. Everything was pricey with below average food. Paid $120 including $5 tips. Overall I had a bad experience. Never coming back again.
PS they wouldn't seat me even though I told them that my date is walking up from the car park right now any minute!!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“Fresh and tasty!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

My friends organised a dinner there and the food was amazing! The staff were wonderful and service was quick.
I would definitely return, maybe make it a tradition when in Melbourne! :)

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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