A two-storey Thai eatery in Ada Lane from the team behind Longtime.
January 09, 2020
When Brisbane favourite Longtime shut up shop this year, it marked the end of an era. The Ann Street restaurant had only been open since 2014, but the Thai joint had amassed a hefty following. Thankfully, when one door closes, another one opens — in this case, new upscale eatery Same Same from the same crew.
The focus on street-inspired Thai cuisine remains the same — think soft shell crab bao with Asian slaw ($6), and whole crispy fish with red nahm jim ($48) — however Same Same has plenty of surprises in store. This isn't just a case of transplanting a successful concept to a new spot and giving it a new name.
Other food highlights include beef tartare nahm tok ($23), charred squid salad with yellow curry vinaigrette ($33) and grilled beef short ribs ($39). Or, you can pick from five types of curry ($28–39), featuring the likes of Bundaberg bag bugs, charred pork belly and fried cauliflower. The Longtime chicken burger has made the jump over, sitting on the bar menu, while the dessert lineup is worth a trip all on its own — with coconut pana cotta ($6), peanut butter parfait with chocolate mousse ($11) and a green curry-inspired sweet dish ($10) on offer.
Located in the same Ada Lane strip as fellow Fortitude Valley newcomer The Calile, Same Same's location also makes an imprint, joining the busy James Street precinct. Spread across two levels, it's a place with clean lines, concrete and wicker design flourishes, and, on the ground level, a long bar curving around an open central kitchen.
Drinks-wise, expect a heavy focus on riesling, rose and rhone on the 140-bottle wine list, as well as a nice range of natural, organic and biodynamic Aussie drops. Given the restaurant's overall Thai flavour, Thai-inspired cocktails are also a highlight.
And, if you're particularly keen on having a few beverages, Same Same's upstairs level is home to dimly lit bar LOS — and more than 140 tequilas.