David Thompson’s Long Chim to shut its doors in Melbourne

Chef and restaurateur David Thompson

Chef David Thompson’s renowned Thai upmarket restaurant chain Long Chim is shutting its Crown Casino outlet in Melbourne. It will be replaced by another Thai restaurant next week.

The one Michelin star chef opened the first Long Chim in Singapore – also in a casino – off the back of the success of his Nahm in Bangkok, which at its peak in 2017 placed 28th in the World’s 50 Best. The second Long Chim opened in Perth in 2016 before Melbourne’s was installed in early 2017, and the Sydney branch shortly after. 

The sprawling Southbank restaurant is Thompson’s as-authentic-as-possible take on Thai street food in slick surrounds and with a weightier price tag. 

The restaurant will run its final service on Monday July 8, before the space is converted into a new, modern Thai restaurant, Ging Thai, on July 12.

Fronted by Bangkok-raised Australian chef On Saengyojanr, the menu will put a contemporary spin on traditional Thai food.

The Melbourne closure will have no affect on the Perth and Sydney outposts.