NileGuide Expert Says:
One of Sydney's best known restaurants, this place has been named Australian restaurant of the year. They're seriously good at Thai cooking. Surprisingly, the head chef is a skippy (Australian slang for of Anglo-Irish descent).
85 Commonwealth Street
2010 Sydney, Australia
tel: 61 2 9280 2888
fax: 61 2 9280 2887
Lunch: noon-2:30p M-F, Dinner: 6p-midnight M-Sa (kitchen closes at 11p)
Longrain is seriously hip, located between happening Surry Hills and the CBD. With very modern decor, and long tables (don't expect private tete-a-tete!) it boasts some of the best Thai in Sydney. The food is not the cheapest that you will find, but it is impeccable – the best and freshest ingredients prepared expertly and with love; it is widely considered to be one of the best Thai restaurants outside of the Kingdom of Thailand itself. There are no dinner bookings, and diners are asked to wait at the bar. It all happens in a large airy renovated space and is as cool as Sydney comes. Bookings are available only for lunch. And if are in Melbourne and want a touch of Longrain, step in at 44 Little Bourke Street; yes it is yet another Longrain sibling for you!
Photo courtesy of Longrain