19 Aug 2013


85 Commonwealth St, Sydney NSW 2010
(02) 9280 2888
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It's a Friday night and work is finished for the week, what is there to do? 
Try out a highly reputable restaurant of course! 

First in best dressed?

I phoned Longrain Friday afternoon to make a booking and the lady who answered abruptly informed me that they do not take bookings for groups under 6 people. 

 I always thought that the people who were more organised to pick up the telephone to make a booking should always get priority - clearly not.  

We arrived at Longrain and boy was it happening! 
There were people everywhere it was very loud and had a rather uplifting energetic vibe.
I was overly excited to sit and start eating as soon as possible when my dreams were shattered! We were informed that the wait was approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes (even at 8:45pm). 

We decided to wait at the bar downstairs. 
Arriving at the bar, I soon realised it was busier here than in the actual restaurant itself. 
I just hoped that the crowds of people at the bar were not all the people who were ahead of us in the queue to eat! 

Reading the delightful list of cocktails it was extremely hard to pick one.
I had heard that their vanilla and passion fruit martini's were quite well known so I definitely wanted to give one of them a try. 

I am normally not a cocktail person but it was definitely a pleasant way to start the night off. 

Vanilla and passion fruit martini

50 minutes later we were seated
Open kitchen

Who serves cold wine in a glass with no stem?
 I was a bit surprised with this as I don't entirely enjoy heating up my cool wine with the warmth from my hands. 
I am not sure if this is a 'new' and 'funky' thing to do but I am definitely not feelin' it

Betel leaf, blue swimmer crab, curry powder, ginger, chilli  $6 each
We decided to start the night off with Betel leaf, blue swimmer crab, curry powder, ginger, chilli at $6 each. Reasonable price and quite flavoursome. These little bites were a nice way to start off a meal. 

Grilled tuna belly, sweet pork, green chilli, cashew nut nahm jim $36.00
At $36.. I expected a lot more than what was delivered. 
I seemed to have missed the pork in this dish? It was no where to be found!
It was cold, boring, lacked excitement and colour. 

Next was the chicken green curry. Once again quite a nice flavour but i sensed that they were trying to go for the whole 'rustic feel' and it just didn't work with this dish. 
There were whole massive chunks of chicken and it was completely unappetising. 


The dish of the night was the greens. Lot's of flavour and crunch. 

To top things off our waitress had extremely bad B.O which put me off my food completely.   

Concluding, Longrain is fairly over priced and in my opinion not worth the wait nor the fuss.


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