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David Thompson is returning to Australia after 14 years overseas. The master of Thai cooking and executive chef at Bangkok's Nahm (currently at number 22 on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list) will open a Perth outpost of his Thai street food restaurant Long Chim in early December.
Located in a vaulted cellar beneath the newly restored State Buildings in Perth's CBD, it will be Thompson's second Long Chim following the success of his street food-focused restaurant at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands.
The open kitchen will roast, braise, stir-fry, deep-fry and grill the food of Bangkok's streets, such as a pineapple curry of crab with kaffir lime; crunchy pork with Chinese broccoli and oyster sauce; beef skewers with cumin and turmeric; and duck with pickled ginger. At the tail-end of a meal, diners can expect durian ice-cream and banana roti.
"The streets of Bangkok are the part of Thailand I love the most," said Thompson in a statement.
"I want to capture the character, the pace and the flavour of the city, with its beguiling tastes, colour and excitement. Quite simply, Long Chim is my Bangkok in Perth."
The restaurant will feature a 130-seat dining room, a large outdoor courtyard with exposed brick and digital projections, and a bar with Thai-inspired cocktails and late-night snacks.
Bookings open on Monday, November 9, and the restaurant will open daily from noon-late from Tuesday, December 1.
In good news for Sydneysiders green-peppercorned with envy that the former Sailors Thai chef hasn't returned to the east coast; a Long Chim Sydney is hotly tipped to open at Angel Place in the new year.
Long Chim, State Buildings, corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth.