sAme sAme is back! | The Gourmand & Gourmet

sAme sAme is back!

The doors are open, and we can once again enjoy elegant, street-inspired Thai food on James Street.

When you live on a street as jam-packed with options as James Street, it’s sometimes hard to stand out. But since its conception in late 2019, sAme sAme has made a name for itself across Brisbane thanks to its fragrant South-East Asian flavours and epic atmosphere. And, after a period of serving exclusively takeaway, sAme sAme is taking bookings again!

During the worst of the lockdown, when restaurants were unable to seat guests, sAme sAme took our weekly Thai takeaway to another level, popping dishes like Bundaberg Bay bug curry with coconut, turmeric, and kaffir lime into takeaway containers and sending them straight to our living rooms.

We were also well looked after when it came to drinks, with takeaway cocktails keeping our whistles whetted and our isolated nights lit. As fun as the at-home experience was, though, we rushed to enjoy curries in bowls and cocktails in glasses when sAme sAme reopened its doors on June 13, rediscovering a luxury we had never appreciated so strongly.

When visiting sAme sAme (either as a first trip or one of many returns), there are a few things that you simply must order: the soft shell crab bao with chilli, tamarind, spring onion, and mayo is the perfect morsel to kick things off with, alongside the LONgTIME chicken burger, named after sAme sAme’s delicious predecessor. 

Other yummies that come out of the kitchen, manned by head chef Ben Bertei, include a punchy whole fish with red curry dressing, snake beans, Thai basil, lime, and sweet chilli, and a gorgeous coconut panna cotta with candied peanuts, watermelon sorbet and kafir lime. 

Adhering to current restrictions, sAme sAme has a limit on the number of guests allowed in the venue, and will continue to serve takeaway until further notice—likely to coincide with the government’s third stage of easing restrictions.

As always, you’d be hard-pressed to try to get in without a booking, which you can make by visiting their website. Now that this hotspot has reopened, we think we might not be the only ones who are crazy about sAme sAme… 


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Words by Elizabeth Markwell
- the gourmet who can't get to Thailand, but CAN get to James Street!