A two-storey Thai eatery in Ada Lane from the Longtime crew.
January 09, 2020
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 salt and pepper tofu sliders ($6), and whole crispy fish with sweet four chilli dressing ($59) — 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 grilled scallops lathered in a curry butter ($13), banana blossom salad with fermented shrimp salad ($24) and grilled sweet soy chicken ($39). Or, you can pick from five types of curry ($28–59), featuring the likes of lamb shanks, angus beef cheeks, and Queensland grouper.
The Longtime chicken burger ($9) 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 ($12), tamarind pudding with butterscotch sauce and condensed milk ice cream ($12), and mango sticky rice with coconut foam and toasted sesmae ($16) on offer.
Dining with seven or more others? Then you'll need to tuck into the $79 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 The Calile — one of the best hotels in Brisbane — 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 110 tequilas. It's open from Thursday to Sunday until late.
The team has also opened a collection of other restaurants in Brisbane, including Bianca, Honto and Agnes — if you fall in love with Same Same, perhaps give the rest of these a go as well.
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