Sunday, June 18, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Longrain is one of Melbourne's iconic Asian fusion restaurant and by end of this year it will turn 12th years old. It has an older sister in Sydney that has been stand strong for 18 years but both remain busy all these years. Reservations are welcome for groups of 5 or more, walk in are always welcome but make sure to come early.

I have been to Longrain many times during my 9 year stay in Melbourne. The airy venue, high ceilings, chandeliers, long tables and dim romantic lighting makes the restaurant feel luxurious, modern yet comfortable. Longrain has always been one of my favourite for Asian casual dining and this time I decided to bring my in law with me, this is their first time at Longrain. I started with Red Dragon Mocktail - Chilli, Peach, Raspberries, Coriander, Cranberry. I'm sorry to say I did not like it all so does everyone in our table, I guess chilli in beverages are not suitable for our palate.

Of course we have to start with Betel Leaf with poached prawn, peanuts, ginger & mint ($6ea). The prawn was cooked beautifully, well seasoned, strong but not over powering the prawn. We all love it so much.

Caramelised Pork Hock with five spice & chilli vinegar ($33.5). My father in law is a big fan of pork, he loves anything part of it and sadly this does not impressed him. It was good but the pork hock was in the middle of being too tough on the outside and a bit dry on the inside but the seasonings and sauces was good.

Salt & Pepper Silken Tofu with fried eschalots & sweet soy ($16). This was the highlight of the night, it felt like Japanese silken agedashi tofu. Never though tofu could over shine pork but it did. It was lightly seasoned but with the sweet soy creating a beautiful dynamic.

Chargrilled Rump Camp, sticky rice, tamarind & roasted rice dressing ($34). Some of the meat was tender but some of them was a bit tough but we love the sticky rice so much as well as the dressings. We were literally fighting for the last piece of the sticky rice.

Stir Fried Chinese Broccoli with chilli, oyster sauce & fried garlic ($14) with Biodynamic brown rice ($4pp) and Thai jasmine white rice ($3pp). It was an average bowl of vegetables, similar to any typical Chinese restaurants. The brown rice was too tough and dry for our taste but the white rice was fine.

This was my favourite part of the dinner; Toasted Coconut Panna Cotta, yuzu curd, passionfruit & lychee sorbet ($16) and Coconut Sorbet ($5ea). The panna cotta was so soft and creamy, I could have more of this anytime, refreshing soury yuzu curd and super refreshing sorbet. Yum! My husband loves the coconut sorbet so much, so do I. Good ending it is.

We did not make any reservations but we came in at 5.45 on a Tuesday night and were given table straight away. The service was friendly, attentive and we use Entertaintment Discount offering 25% up to $45. But somehow the food is not as extravagant as I remembered it before, the quality drops a bit. I certainly hope it will be back to the highest standard soon.

Longrain Melbourne Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

44 Little Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Monday-Wednesday: 6pm-10pm
Thursday: 6pm-10.30pm
Friday: 12pm-3pm & 5.30pm-11pm
Saturday: 5.30pm-11pm
Sunday: 5.30pm-10pm