Owned by Alex and Tim Fahey, the same couple who opened the cafe Vietnamese Laundry along Sturt Street, Hotel Longtime on Grote Street is a great place to experience Asian gastropub cuisine. Aside from their main dishes, the pub also has a wide range of Asian beers that can be enjoyed with their dishes.
For our meal, we ordered Szechuan Eggplant, Fried Pork Hock, Fried Chicken Wings, Pork Rollups and Shallot Pancakes. The portion size of their Szechuan Eggplant was quite generous. The eggplant had the right amount of bite set off by a crisp batter coating. The sticky Szechuan sauce really contributed to the enjoyment of the dish. It had a delectable sweet-spicy flavour and had a crunch element in it.
Szechuan Eggplant (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked that the pieces of pork hock in the Fried Pork Hock were of a size to make eating easy and satisfying. The pork hock was tender enough to be easily cut with a fork. The plum sauce they were cooked in gave the pork a delightful sweet-savoury flavour and they also had a bit of crispiness from being fried. Topping the pork hock was a really flavoursome hot and sour salad whose tanginess complemented the pork well.
Fried Pork Hock (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Great for those that want something to go with their drinks, the flesh of their Fried Chicken Wings was tender with the Szechuan salt in the coating giving a salty flavour that was not too strong. The lemongrass dipping sauce accompanying the chicken had a potent spicy kick so it is advisable to not be too heavy-handed if you are not used to spicy foods.
Fried Chicken Wings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Served as a cold dish, the pork in their Pork Rollups was cooked just right with enough black bean sauce to ensure the dish did not taste too bland. The white kimchi was the perfect partner for the pork and the wrapping of the rollups was not too chewy.
Pork Rollups (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we would have liked the portion size of Shallot Pancakes to be more generous, they were fried to golden brown with a lovely fluffy texture. Served with the pancakes were two types of dipping sauce; soy sauce to add a bit saltiness and sriracha mayonnaise to add a bit of spice.
Shallot Pancakes (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
All the dishes that we had were delicious and unique. However, we wished there was something on the menu that we could order to soak up the yummy sauces and balance the rich taste of some of the dishes. We ordered the Shallot Pancakes for that purpose but it didn't quite do the job. Some form of bread or Asian roti that is a bit more plain in taste would be perfect. We enjoyed our food at half price by booking through Dimmi.