May 11, 2018
Longrain is a high-ceilinged, bare-beamed open-plan restaurant-bar specialising in Aussie-Thai food and classy cocktails. Diners sit at long, sleek communal tables with views of the chefs, while crowds flock in to the benches in the bar, designed, it seems, for spontaneous encounters with the sexy strangers sitting next to you. Friendly fashionista bar staff encourage the “we’re-all-in-this-together” atmosphere. (The venue takes reservations for larger parties, but encourages walk ins for smaller groups). The place has extended into the basement with a cocktail bar, all stripped back chic think concrete, polished render, lots of brass and steel which serves top class cocktails and bar snacks which echo the upstairs menu. Signature cocktails include the Caipiroska, Bloody Longrain or dubiously named Camp Bitch, and there are DJs on hand to liven up the scene. The award-winning wine list has been chosen by sommelier Sam Christie to complement the Asian food, and it’s nice to see such thought go into the venture rather than just offering a range of mid-priced plonk. If you like the food so much you want to try it at home, you can buy some of executive chef Martin Boetz’ gourmet Asian sauces (each comes with a recipe card), or you can pop into sister venue Shortgrain to stock up on foodie goodies (or takeaway food). You can even buy a Longrain compilation CD to dance to while you’re cooking, if the place has really got under your skin. If it’s the cocktails that have taken your fancy, try one of the cocktail-making courses that the venue runs on the first Saturday of the month. But with a place this amiable, why stay home? Come out and join in the fun.