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“Overrated”
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Lanterne Rooms
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Ranked #1 of 1,348 Restaurants in Canberra
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $26
Cuisines: Asian, Fusion, Malaysian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Brussels, Belgium
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“Overrated”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Call me old-fashioned, but I think a lot of the point of a Chinese restaurant is shared dishes and chopsticks. The much-hyped Lanterne Rooms and its relatives in Canberra like Madam and Yip see this approach as passé. We ordered from the a la carte menu but asked that dishes be served so they could be shared - this request was ignored, and we were each issued with our own little bowls with our food, with knives and forks.

In the view of our party, the food, ambience and value was inferior to some of Canberra's better standard-issue Asian restaurants e.g. Timmy's Kitchen, Sammy's Kitchen, Portia's Place, Abels Kopi Tiam or Ginseng. Entree prices of around $18 and mains around $30 plus Inflated wine prices (nothing below $40 - byo accepted but $10 corkage) produced a bill for five of around $300 - at any of the above establishments it would have been substantially less and the experience better. On the plus side, service was overall efficient and they do a very good espresso. But another problem - it's noisy.

  • Visited September 2012
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Canberra
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“Fabulously Balanced Tasting Menu in a Relaxed Setting.”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Having previously enjoyed the food and ambience of Chairman and Yip (the original restaurant in this group of three in Canberra), we were keen to try one of the others - Lanterne Rooms at Campbell shops. Stepping into the restaurant you leave a somewhat rundown group of suburban shops and enter into an eastern ambience with lots of dark wood, shutters, white tablecloths, lanterns and fans. Our waiter was very helpful and immediately offered still or mineral water along with the wine and food menus. We had to ask for the tasting menu (see photo) - maybe less requested at lunchtimes (only open for lunches Mon-Fri). Our waiter talked us through some of the key dishes (Winter Garden for example was a delicious dish of mushroom and greens on mushroom bread). Our waiter also informed us that we could mix and match from the a la carte menu with dishes on the testing menu. We chose to have pork belly instead of the pineapple fish.

All courses were a delight beginning with the delicate and tasty Cured Ocean Trout on Fennel and Carrot Confit through to the robust Slow cooked Blackmore Waygu +9 Beef Curry. The Zabaglione with berries was a superb end to the meal and came with a complimentary glass each of Cloudy Bay late picked riesling which complemented the desert perfectly.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Ian M
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Wonderful meal ...”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

We are fortunate to have the Lanterne Rooms as our local restaurant. We have enjoyed a banquet meal with friends and chosen single dishes to share when eating as a family. The food is always exceptional - try the barramundi in a delicious coconut sauce - and the service friendly and attentive. Wonderful!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank gollyoz
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Canberra
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Friendly and Flavourful”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

We dined at Lanterne Rooms for Tuesday lunch, after a good experience at Malamay the week beforehand, and thought the one hat sister resturant deserved a try.
The dining room is quirky and intriguing with the shutters dividing the rooms apart. It looked particularly cool inside the middle of the restaurant, not amazing.

I sat to ask if there was a place to put my hat and orthodontics kit, didnt get much response so i suggested that the only spot was on the floor? the waiter, with a smile replied yes, on the floor we do have spaces for jackets though but not for that. I just made sure my hat was up off the floor and it wasnt a real issue.

Started with a Tiger beer and proggressed through the menu with two freinds. The barramundi curry, was my favourite of the day, such a delicious spice factor and crunchy yet moist pieces of fish. Some other favourites were the cured ocean trout with fennel and carrot confit, the prawns with rockmelon and the beef cheeks. They were particularly flavoursome. The rest, OK.

We had a friendly young indian waiter who certainly gave service with a smile. He was also quite up to date with the food.

We had a lovely lunch and lots of laughs. Some flavourful food also. Whether i would award the them with the same scoring im not positive. However it was a nice meal and i am glad i tried it out. Go there yourself :)

  • Visited September 2012
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canberra, australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Delicious banquet for 4!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

We visited the Lanterne Rooms for dinner last saturday evening with some friends and tried the banquet for 4. While rather pricy ($61 per person) I must say the food was excellent! My favourite was the prawns with rockmelon salsa - I could have easily just had the prawns and gone away satisfied. Service was excellent - waiters prompt and efficient.
My only wish would have been that tea and dessert be included - perhaps remove one of the mains to make way for dessert or make the banquet $70 per person . It just felt strange to have to pay extra for something other restaurants include in their banquets.
other than that small criticism, I couldn't fault it - we will definitely be back!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank herren
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