Longrain Sydney to close after 20 years

Image source: @longrainrestaurant via Instagram

Contemporary Thai stalwart Longrain is closing its Sydney doors on June 30 after 20 years of service.

Since 1999, the restaurant has flown the flag for hyper-modern Thai and Chinese cuisines as well as industrial design – something for which Longrain was well ahead of the curve. The 100-plus year old converted warehouse space is divided into one dining room lined with long communal tables, and another with elegant and intimate booths.

Owner Sam Christie has since taken the diner to Melbourne and Tokyo, where the branches will remain, but has said he will not renew the lease on the Surry Hills site, which now sits in the company of Chris Lucas’ Chin Chin and Ester offshoot Poly.

However he says this is not the end, with a new venue in the works. Christie has not yet found a location, but is looking for something small in the CBD and Darlinghurst.

This is yet another longstanding Sydney restaurant that has fallen in 2019, following big names like the Bridge Room and Billy Kwong.

Longrain’s final service will be June 30. Pop in to say farewell on a Monday when the restaurant offers BYO for $10.