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“Great vibe, inventive and stunningly-presented food, perfect minimalist decor”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Longrain

Longrain
Ranked #123 of 5,835 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $75
Cuisines: Asian, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Surry Hills
Description: Longrain Sydney is located at 85 Commonwealth St in Surry Hills. Inspired by the communal eating philosophy of the Asian table, our menu is made up of dishes created for sharing. Longrain's menu has evolved from Martin Boetz's original Longrain vision, bringing South East Asian influences to carefully sourced ingredients with fresh, zingy flavours. His vibrant menu is carefully balanced with wines and cocktails chosen by restaurateur Sam Christie. Our long, shared tables encourage the spirit of eating together, so you can try each dish as part of a full tasting experience, just as it was intended (limited reservations available). Book one of our individual tables for parties between 6 - 10 people; or Private Dining Room for 12-18 guests.
Paris, France
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“Great vibe, inventive and stunningly-presented food, perfect minimalist decor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

The best meal we have had in Sydney on this extended trip. The food is inventive without being fussy, the presentation is mouth-watering, and the actual products go together beautifully. Familiar Thai flavors are reconstructed around dishes that nod to but do not reproduce Thai cusine. Nice wines, a wonderful cocktail list that we didn't sample, and very decent prices for the high quality on offer. The service was good, timely and not interfering. They don't take reservations for parties under 6, so prefer choosing a visit out of peak times, or come with a crowd. Our visit was a Monday evening, earlyish. A must for Sydneysiders and visitors.

  • Visited January 2013
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“I need my Longrain "Fix"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

Ok I am a little biased we had our daughters wedding at Longrain about 5 years ago and the 60 or so who attended are still raving. Been back many times and yet to be disappointed. We think the best value is in a group of 4 or more people. It is really busy these days and no one will wipe the red curry off your tie for you (if you are looking for that type of service). It was ground breaking for Sydney when it opened and it still holds up now. If you are going for the food you will be well pleased.

  • Visited November 2012
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“A-maze-ing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Delicious food, great staff and service and the best cocktail I've ever had - do try the lychee and watermelon one, its delish! Would thoroughly recommend everyone who goes to Sydney gives it a try. Shortgrain downstairs looked fab too, but unfortunately we an out of time to try that ... Next time!

  • Visited January 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“All Dressed Up”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

Everyone seems to love this place, except the people who have been to Thailand more than once or twice. It has a nice vibe, but that seems to be people trying to convince themselves it was all worth the wait (and expense). Don't get me wrong, the food's really nice, it's just that it's all a little bit too dressed up and taking itself all too seriously.

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Bellingen, Australia
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“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Service was amazing, food even better. Country Bumpkins having a cocktail watching the Suits and Beautiful People at play. Go every time we are in Sydney.

Visited June 2012
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