One of our favourite places – in the basement of the restored State Buildings Long Chim is turning out the best Thai food in Perth, in a great location – you can eat at the bar, in the restaurant proper between the arches, or out in the courtyard, weather permitting – it has something for everyone, so long as you enjoy food in the robust Bangkok street style – spicy, at times hot, but always full of authentic aromatic and zesty Thai flavours.
We started with one of the smaller dishes – chive cakes – and then moved on to a couple of the larger plates – fried fish and charcoal grilled whiting.
The cakes, lightly fried, very moist and filled with chopped chives, mildly seasoned, were accompanied by a dipping sauce of dark soy, infused with chilli and garlic – these are an excellent starter, geeing up taste buds and getting ready for what comes next.
A whole whiting – grilled on coals, with a sprinkle of coriander and served with a slightly zesty sauce was outstanding – the fish flaking, succulent, smoky.
Then fish fillets, fried to a crispy skinned consistency, while still retaining moist, tender flesh – with a sauce of chili, garlic, lemon grass and fish sauce; it was sublime.
Long Chim also boasts an excellent drinks list with a good range of aromatic whites, which go so well with spicy food, and of course a great selection of beer, complement the food on offer, as do some remarkable cocktails.
On this occasion however a medium bodied red – Castelli Estate 2015 Empirica – largely Tempranillo, with a splash of Grenache and Malbec – the Tempranillo shining through – dark red plum aromas, a waft of allspice, then a juicy palate of cherries, raspberries and dark chocolate. Matched our food very well.
No room for dessert this time, my favourite the banana roti will have to wait!
As always simply top-class Thai food – great flavours, great presentation, excellent wine list, top class service, all in one of Perth’s most striking buildings.