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.
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