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40-44 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Australia
(03) 9671 3151

Longrain Melbourne Reviews

mel_kay mel_kay
5 reviews
Mar 21, 2006
I can now concur with every review of Longrain - the food is

exceptional! The Melbourne version of this Thai restaurant is perhaps

not as good as the Sydney original, but many high standards have been

successfully transported.

The decor is sleek and modern with subtle Asian influences. There are

two long communal tables, as well as a few round tables for parties of

eight. It's unfortunate the bar is not divided from the dining area to

create a casual drinking space, though this is not reflected in the

'strictly separate' menus. We were slightly disappointed to find out

that the pad thai noodles were only available at the bar.

Nevertheless, almost everything on the dinner menu is delicious. The

entree betel leaves are colourful, bite-sized taste sensations - the

smoked trout with roe and galangal is the best. We were particularly

fans of the whole crispy-skin chicken in plum sauce, the Massaman beef

curry and the wagyu beef. For dessert, the sample platter is the best

option to allow everyone to try the whole range of sweets, including a

fantastic custard pot and banana fritters with ice cream (stay away

from the durian pancakes if you're not familiar with the taste).

The lighting is low and intimate, but the acoustics and the width of

the communal tables do not really allow for quiet conversations. Yet I

would still recommend the walk up Little Bourke Street for a meal that

is worth every cent.
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