A little behind the eight ball, with visiting this iconic Melbourne restaurant, my first experience of Longrain was in November last year. Needless to say, in just over five weeks, I was quick to head back and experience it for a second time. Arriving quite early in the evening, meant we were seated immediately (no queues thank goodness), ordering and receiving our meals shortly after arrival.
Longrain opened in Little Bourke Street, Melbourne in 2005 and has been a hotspot ever since. This dimly lit and seductive warehouse, boasts delicious Thai and southern Chinese influenced shared dishes within an informal, communal dining setting.
A bustling environment filled with the sounds of chatter and the smells and tastes of Asian fusion, kaffir lime & garlic.
We started our dining experience with a serve of
- Betel leaf, pomelo, mint, green papaya, peanuts, toasted coconut
- Caramelized pork, prawn, peanuts, sour pineapple.
I would definitely order 2 serves next time of the Caramelized pork as they are quite small.
Followed by shared mains
- Filled eggnet, pork, prawns, peanuts, caramelised coconut, cucumber relish
- Jungle curry, char grilled beef, holy basil, wild ginger
- Stir fried Chinese broccoli, chilli, oyster sauce, fried garlic
- Thai jasmine white rice
The flavours were sensational. It would have been preferable to have all the mains arrive at the same time as both main dishes would have balanced the other out quite well with the heat from the curry and the freshness of the herbs in the eggnet. Instead our eggnet arrived first with about a 15 minute gap which meant we did fill ourselves quite quickly on the first main.
Unfortunately we had no room for dessert but it is definitely on my list for next time.
All in all it was another great experience at Longrain.