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“Great food in the city Tasty, fusion with a difference”
Review of Red Lantern - CLOSED

Red Lantern
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Surry Hills
Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Great food in the city Tasty, fusion with a difference”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We dined here at Red Lantern for a special occasion
We ate out on the balcony
The food was amazing
And I would head back there again any time

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Christine S
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Australia
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Fabulous for a special occasion, love to go again.”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Looking to celebrate on short notice, we were able to book a Wed night without any trouble. Wait staff could not be faulted, attentive, knowledgeable, helpful with hints for vegetartian options, even asking the chef to tweek a main course to make it suitable, most of all done with a wonderful sense of humour and fun. Food was abundant and delicious, reminded us of meals eaten on verandahs in Hoi An. A few days later an email arrived with the recipe for one of our favourite meals, now that's service!! and was gratefully appreciated. Thanks for a terrific night to remember.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Sukisj
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Sydney, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“It was OK. Just OK!”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

The food was OK, that was all. The service was attentive but we had higher hopes than what was delivered. What was especially disappointing was the Pork Cutlets from the Tasting Menu. They were thinly slice but was done WITH the BONE still attached.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Bobby0098
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Gladstone, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Memories of Vietnam”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

We were heading down to Sydney for a quick visit,so, my daughter suggested we visit Luke's Red Lantern as we love his television shows. We decided on Riley Street, as it was in walking distance of our accommodation in the CBD. I only rang a few days before arriving in Sydney and managed to get a table. We dined here on a Thursday night. The service was wonderful, the staff very friendly and attentive. The food was absolutely fabulous.
We decided to try the Hanoi Hunger Banquet to give us a few different dishes to taste, and we weren't disappointed. 4 entrees, 4 mains and 3 desserts to share. We were a bit worried about duck being included as an entree, as it is something we never usually order in restaurants, but it was the best we have ever tasted.
The beef included in the mains, was melt in your mouth delicious.
We couldn't fault any of the dishes. And it was certainly enough food for the 3 of us.
We will definitely visit this restaurant when we are back in Sydney.
The atmosphere reminded us of a fabulous holiday in Vietnam

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Tubbie52
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Melbourne
Level 6 Contributor
384 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“JUST LIKE BEING IN VIETNAM”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We dined here on Easter Monday, a little hesitant having read a number of reviews in the previous 6 months which hadn't been favourable, still as we have followed Lukes adventures on telly for a number of years and love Vietnamese food we decided to chance it. Caught the bus from Circular Quay which literally drops you outside his restaurant. A very unassuming place, spotted by the 'red lanterns' - no big "look at me signs' ablaze. We chose to sit outside on the balcony and was surprised how few people inside/out were also dining. We were greeted and served by a lovely guy - Brian who explained dishes and certainly didn't rush us into deciding what to order. We went with the 'Hanoi Hunger' banquet at $69pp. It gives you 4 entrees/4 mains and they were lovely, especially the spanner crab salad. The dishes we had were magnificent, so fresh/delicate and tasty - just like when we were in Vietnam for holidays. On mentioning that the last dish - lemongrass & chilli caramel chicken was very dry, (we still ate it), Brian appeared with a magnificent dessert for us as an apology, saying they always wanted customers to leave feeling happy....we certainly did.

I would have no hesitation in eating here again. Being a Monday night, we were surprised also seeing the many restaurants directly across the road (Italian, Korean, Turkish, Vietnamese, Pakistani) were also empty!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank sterwuv
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