Longrain only takes bookings for lunch on Friday and limited group bookings for dinner. The secret to dining cleverly at Longrain in the evening is to arrive early, put your name on the waiting list and then sit back and relax in the cocktail lounge with a pre-dinner cocktail.
Normal Trading Hours
Lunch | Friday 12pm - 3pm
Dinner | Monday - Thursday 6pm - late
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 5.30pm - late
Monday to Thursday | 5pm - late
Friday | 12noon - late
Saturday & Sunday | 5pm - late
The bar is open from 5pm, serving bar food until 11pm.
Bookings | Lunch & limited group bookings for 6 and over can be made for dinner.
Licensed | Fully licensed
Smoking | Non-smoking
Disabled Access | Yes
Functions | Enquiries welcome. Click here or call t. 03 9671 3151
Capacity Dining | seating 90
Cocktail Bar | seating 60 All major credit cards | AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, VISA.
* Please be aware that bookings are only available for Friday lunch and groups of 6 and over for dinner. If you are coming for dinner, it is advisable to arrive early to avoid delays in finding a table.
After much anticipation the doors of Longrain Melbourne were opened in 2005. In partnership with respected Melbourne hospitality veteran, John van Haandel and his team at The Prince, the Longrain Melbourne collective created one of the most original new venues to hit Melbourne for some time.
So, is Longrain Melbourne the same as its Sydney counterpart?
Well, as they say in Thailand, it’s a matter of ‘same same but different’! Like Sydney, Longrain Melbourne is a contemporary restaurant and bar uniquely located within an expansive, 100-year-old converted warehouse-style building. The hip yet welcoming atmosphere, combined with warm and friendly service, original cocktails and an inspired wine list can also be found at Longrain Melbourne.
Longrain’s Food & Wine
The Melbourne wine list, which features a distinctly Victorian flavour, has been created by Longrain’s Sam Christie - an award-winning sommelier. Importantly, the wine list perfectly balances the menu’s combination of hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours, which can often be tricky to match wine with. What absolutely remains the same is the exceptional quality of the award-winning, modern Thai/Asian influenced food created by Longrain’s executive chef, Martin Boetz.
Dining at Longrain
The long and round communal tables that feature in the restaurant enable visitors to dine in true Longrain tradition - banquet style. This mode of dining is essential to eating successfully at Longrain, as the generous main-dish portions are designed to be shared. It is important to combine your chosen meal with a variety of other dishes and to eat it with steamed jasmine rice so that the correct balance of hot, sour, salty and sweet flavours are experienced.
Longrain’s Bar voted ‘Best of the Best'. A resident of one of the world’s most vibrant bar capitals, Longrain Melbourne’s bar was voted one of Australia’s best bars in the Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine’s prestigious ‘Best of The Best’ edition. A central point of the restaurant’s space, the bar is dramatically set at centre stage cleverly dividing the cocktail lounge and the restaurant’s main dining area. The bar opens early each evening until late, making it a great pre and post-theatre spot.
If you haven’t got time to wait for a table, you can order early or late from Longrain’s scrumptious bar menu and thirst-quenching cocktail list.
Where is Longrain Melbourne?
Located in the block between Spring and Exhibition Streets, Longrain Melbourne is situated within the heart of the city’s CBD - just steps away from the vibrant China Town and theatre districts. A heritage-listed former horse stables, the impressive red-brick building stands on a classic cobblestone street on the corner of Little Bourke Street and Punch Lane. As if tucked away from the rest of the world, the Soho-like shopping and dining district that surrounds the restaurant is referred to by locals as the ‘Bourke Hill Precinct.’
Bourke Street Trams: Hop on the free City Circle tram until 6pm or catch the #86 "Bundoora' Tram or the #96 "East Brunswick' tram. Disembark at the Parliament House tram stop, where Bourke and Spring Streets meet. From Bourke Street, walk down the Liverpool Street lane way to Little Bourke Street. Longrain Melbourne is the large red-brick building at the end of the lane way on the corner of Punch Lane, at 44 Little Bourke Street.
Train: Parliament House train Station & exit on the corner of Spring & Bourke Streets.