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Shortgrain is located at Hunt street Surry Hills, and is without a doubt one of my favourite Asian fusion restaurants in Sydney. As you walk into the small 32 seated space, the aromatic scents of lemongrass and chilli seduces the senses in inviting you to food heaven.

Red beff curry
The must have Red Beef curry

A modest building of concrete minimalist design, Shortgrain is the little sister of the big brother Longrain restaurant. The decor is sophisticated. Lunchtime is an array of suits and ties, a mecca for the power lunchers.

Longrain Bar
A simplistic and stylised dining experience

The menu offers a variety of Thai fusion meals to choose from, and is ever changing with the seasonal ingredients. Designed to share. Why not order a bit of everything from the menu, and share with a fellow food lover?

Whichever flavour combination you choose to indulge your senses in - you canít go wrong. I have never had anything which I didnít enjoy off the menu. Every meal has been an explosion of spices, and the freshest ingredients possible.

Longrain Bar
The famous Longrain Bunker Bar. Amazing cocktails.

To start the culinary adventure, try the Spiced Nuts ($5) and the Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings with Sweet Chilli ($4.50).
For the larger lunch time meals, The Red Curry Beef with wild ginger served with a roti ($15) is melt in your mouth tender, best served with some jasmine rice ($1 pp). For a seafood option, the Seared Salmon with roast chilli and ginger ($15) is tops, or for something a bit lighter - the Hot and Sour salad is a must have - with a delicious ensemble of pork, mint, chilli and roasted rice ($15).

Red beff curry
Fresh, Feisty and fabulous: The Hot and Sour Salad.

For those who love their greens, the Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce ($5) could be a meal on itís own: so fresh that words cannot even describe.
The Vanilla Tapioca ($4) is the perfect ending to a spice infused meal. In the warmer seasons the mango variety is a must have.

Red beff curry
Delicious Chinese Broccoli in Oyster Sauce

My favourites would have to be the Red Curry Beef and the Hot and Sour salad. Both meals offer something different in terms of flavour and texture. Definitely transporting the taste buds to nirvana and back.

Shortgrain does not take bookings - however a take away option is available, and is ideal for lunch on the go. A fantastic eating ground for anyone wanting to sample some of the best Asian cooking Sydney has to offer. However, not the warmest of service admittedly from the staff, but I am prepared to overlook this for the divinity that is delivered on the plate.

The inclusion of the Shortgrain shop is a great addition to the overall dining experience, with wonderful take home produce such as the Chilli Jam, Yellow Bean dressing and Three flavoured sauce ($10-$18 300ml) available to purchase.

Longrain Bar

Rating: 9/10

Where: 8-10 Hunt Street Surry Hills NSW.
Why: Some of the best Asian food you will have in Sydney, using the freshest seasonal ingredients.
Cost: $4.50-$5 for starters. $12-$15 for lunch mains.
When: 11.30am-3pm Monday to Friday

Good for kids: No
Take away: For take-away orders, we recommend placing your order around 11.30am on 9280-2888 for pick up at 12pm.


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Thank you for taking the time to comment on this Sydney Food Lovers article. We really do appreciate your feedback.
The Bean Sprout & Coconut Salad sounds divine. Sure thing, if you are launching new items on the menu, and you would love additional media coverage on these treats - please contact me by leaving another comment with your best contact details, and we will sort this out for you.

Keep up the great work with Shortgrain :)


Hi Chloe, thanks for your article on Shortgrain - we are pleased to hear you enjoyed the food so much. I noticed your comment on the staff & was wondering when you last visited? Our new Manager, Antonio, commenced about 3 weeks ago & has been looking after all our valued Shortgrain customers. We look forward to welcoming you to Shortgrain again soon - we've currently got a fabulous bean sprout & coconut salad on the Menu which we think you would love!

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