Review: Long Chim, Sydney

Eat, Sydney / 18 October 2019

Since opening back in 2016, Long Chim has brought the heat to Sydney with their famous contemporary Thai cuisine.

Multi-award-winning chef and author David Thompson, is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on Thai cuisine, a claim which isn’t thrown around lightly. Thompson has opened restaurants all over the globe, from London to Bangkok. His aim? To share his love affair for Thai cuisine with the world. Long Chim’s philosophy is simple; fast, full-flavoured and affordable, and heavily inspired by the marketplaces of Bangkok.

You’ll find the Long Chim entry on an unsuspecting alley that is Angel Place, with a flashing neon ‘Long Chim’ sign indicating you’ve arrived. Inside Long Chim’s entry you’ll find a painting of an elephant on the wall and a constellation of disco balls which hangs above your head, a first impression that’s sure to make you curious. These quirky interiors seems as though they shouldn’t work, yet somehow do.

Despite Long Chim’s acclaimed reputation, the space provides a relaxed feel, with friendly staff to match. You’ll feel welcome to roll in here after a long day of work or shopping in the city.

Start with the Spicy Cashews (not for the faint-hearted, these pack a spicy punch) and the Grilled Chicken Pomelo Salad. Follow this with the Stir-Fried Siamese Watercress (who knew greens could taste so good), Mussaman Curry of Vegetables and the Grilled scotch fillet. Order a Thai-inspired cocktail to wash the powerhouse of flavours and spice down.

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The great food, fit-out and friendly staff make Long Chim a triple threat. So it’s the perfect choice when you’re wanting to impress – think date night or client lunch. Head in between 5-6 pm from Monday to Saturday to cool down with Long Chim’s ‘555’ happy hour. Here they serve up glasses of wine, beers and snacks for $5 and Thai-inspired cocktails for $10.

Tip: if it’s a special occasion opt for the ‘Maa Long Chim’ set menu ($68pp or $98 with paired beverages) and rid yourself of any tough decision making.

Find Long Chim on the Corner of Pitt Street and Angel Place in the CBD, open Monday to Friday 12 pm to 10 pm and Saturdays 5 pm to 10 pm. To find out more and to book your spot, click here.

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