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Published May 24th 2019
Go before it goes
Over recent weeks, I've overheard some disbelief and even frustration around the closing of the ever-popular Longrain in Surry Hills.
I've heard many good reviews of this popular institution, however, it is only with news of its closure, that I have wanted to be a Longrain-er. My interest was compounded by the fact that TheFork (previously known to many as Dimmi) had a 50% discount for Longrain.
On a relatively warm Monday night, my friend and I arrived at Longrain to be met by a smiling greeter who showed us to a long share table. I was quite surprised by the seating arrangement. They had long tables that could potentially seat 15 - 20 people. When the two of us were showed to our spot, they plopped the menus next to each other and so instead of sitting opposite each other, we were in close proximity next to each other (which was quite an enjoyable intimate experience).
As usual, I was filled with indecision (despite a comparatively short menu). It was a menu designed for sharing which was perfect for us.
First, we got the betel leaf (one with yellowfish tuna and the other, seemingly more interesting one, with nashi, pomello and toasted coconut).
When we took our first bite, I was bursting with a range of complementary flavours. The sour pineapple offset to the saltiness of the turnip while the peanut crumb added a crunchy texture to the caramelised tofu. Honestly, I could not taste the tofu but it was so delicious! I would go back again just to have this dish alone!
Our main was a Massaman curry - I think it was only slightly less impressive because I had the Mar Hor beforehand. Otherwise, it was also rich in flavour, very impressed.