When Brisbane favourite Longtime shut up shop, 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 ($9), 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 half-shell scallops with black vinegar ($10), crunchy rice salad with yellow curry vinaigrette ($19) and grilled beef short ribs ($39). Or, you can pick from five types of curry ($28–39), featuring the likes of Bundaberg bay bugs, potato and pork dumplings, and mushrooms. The Longtime chicken burger ($5.50) 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 peanut mousse ($12), and mango gelato with pineapple and mint granita ($10) on offer.
Dining with seven or more others? Then you'll need to tuck into the $65 banquet menu. You'll receive seven courses, including some of the aforementioned dishes — ranging from snacks and mains through to dessert.
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. It's open on Fridays and Saturdays from 2pm.