David Thompson has long been heralded as Australia's authority on Thai cuisine. He's published sell-out cookbooks on the subject and his Thai street food restaurant, Long Chim, in Singapore's ultra-luxe Marina Bay Sands precinct, is wildly popular.
The chef is now returning to Australia for the first time in 14 years to bring a taste of Bangkok to the vaulted cellar of Perth's recently revamped State Buildings. Slated for a December opening, Long Chim Perth will "... capture the character, the pace and the flavour of the city with its beguiling tastes, colour and excitement," Thompson says. From the sound of the menu, he's not making empty promises: pineapple curry of crab with kaffir lime, deep-fried squid with garlic and peppercorns and beef skewers perfumed with cumin and turmeric are just some of the dishes diners can expect.
Long Chim Perth will occupy a 130-seat dining room complete with open kitchen, cocktail bar and outdoor courtyard. Bookings open from Monday November 9 for lunch and dinner seven days a week.