Review: Longrain (Surry Hills)

We had another meal with our Peruvian friends during their short stay in Sydney. It wouldn’t be a proper visit to Oz if they didn’t have any Thai food. As much as we love our cheap & cheerful local I decided it was best to go to a fancier restaurant.

While not strictly “authentic”, Longrain has a reputation to support it. Its dinner menu is brief but has a bit of everything.

Our initial intention was to share 2 dishes between each couple but we ended up sharing the lot, which was great, especially considering that dishes are brought to the table as they are cooked.

We started off with the crispy skin corn-fed chicken, chilli, ginger and black vinegar. Super crispy and nicely seasoned. Huge serving.

Crispy skin corn fed chicken, chilli, ginger, black vinegar

Crispy skin corn-fed chicken, chilli, ginger, black vinegar ($39.00)

Next came the stir-fried pork belly, Szechuan pepper, Asian celery, chilli and ginger. An okay stir-fry with a fat-to-meat ratio a bit too high for an average customer, IMO.

Stir fried pork belly, Szechuan pepper, Asian celery, chilli, ginger

Stir-fried pork belly, Szechuan pepper, Asian celery, chilli, ginger ($42.00)

Next up was the whole fish, grilled in banana leaf, green curry paste, Thai basil. The fish of the day was snapper and it was quite mild in taste.

Whole fish, grilled in banana leaf, green curry paste, Thai basil

Whole fish, grilled in banana leaf, green curry paste, Thai basil ($48.00)

The final dish, caramelised pork hock, five spice and chilli vinegar was actually my fave of the night. It did exceed my (monthly? annual?) sugar quota but the flavours were bolder than in the other dishes, in a good way.

Caramelised pork hock, five spice, chilli vinegar

Caramelised pork hock, five spice, chilli vinegar ($33.50)

Apart from steamed rice ($3 per person), we ordered a serving of stir-fried Chinese broccoli, snow peas, garlic and oyster sauce for the table. Of course it was ordered before we knew the servings were enormous. The veggies were cooked well and the seasoning was spot-on.

Stir fried Chinese broccoli, snow peas, garlic, oyster sauce

Stir-fried Chinese broccoli, snow peas, garlic, oyster sauce ($14.00)

Alvaro couldn’t resist the temptation when he saw coconut sorbet in the dessert menu. I had a couple of spoonfuls, and while also over my sweetness threshold, I must admit it was delicious.

Coconut sorbet

Coconut sorbet ($7.00)

Longrain
85 Commonwealth St
Sydney NSW 2010
(02) 9280 2888
longrain.com

Longrain Restaurant & Bar on Urbanspoon

7 thoughts on “Review: Longrain (Surry Hills)

  1. I’ve been here twice for business lunches (client preferred) and both times have left here with a lack listing feeling.

    I find it very overrated however I compare all Thai restaurants to my tme living Thaialnd and their authentic flavours which I love. I know they put their own spin on it…..but I just seem to challenge it all the time.

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