Longtime Restaurant & Bar: Thai with a difference | Gourmand and Gourmet

Longtime Restaurant & Bar: Thai with a difference

Thought you knew everything Thai cuisine had to offer? Think again. Longtime Restaurant and Bar is the latest addition to the exotic Brisbane food scene, opening its doors in the ever-expanding Fortitude Valley precinct at the top of the Chinatown Mall. Their menu is all at once traditional, quirky and delicious. You’ll find the usual Thai curries and salads like Moreton Bay bug coconut and turmeric curry and spicy green papaya salad on the menu but they’re alongside some pretty unusual bar snacks and bites. Bangkok tacos with crispy prawn laab and turmeric wafers and smoked rice noodle nachos with coconut cheese sauce are some of the more intriguing offerings – they’re certainly nothing you’ll see on the menu at your local Thai takeaway, that’s for sure. Don’t expect to see familiar names on the cocktail list either – the drink creations are more like something you’d see in a mad scientist’s lab than on a cocktail menu. The DIY Old Fashioned (inspired by duck pancakes would you believe) is a concoction of Caribbean rum, lemongrass, plum and celery bitters served with rehydrated salted shallots. Insane or genius? We’ll let you be the judge. The restaurant itself is a world away from plastic tablecloths and golden Buddah statues, with exposed brick walls, soft lighting and a chic rustic look to the cosy dining hall. The four-man strong kitchen team behind it all has collectively worked under three Michelin-starred chefs, cooked for British and Thai royal families and earned their own hats in some of Australia’s most highly regarded Thai restaurants, including Spirit House in Yandina. So you might say they have a bit of experience under their belt. Just to add to the unique experience, the restaurant even brews its own beer. More than a cheeky pint, the Horny Elephant Ale also contributes to helping elephant conservation and rehabilitation efforts in Southeast Asia. Brilliant excuse to have another one, really. But honestly, they had us at noodle nachos. Longtime is open from 5:30pm until late six days a week (closed Mondays). Words by Ranyhyn Akui   Image credit: Longtime