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“Good for a "special" meal.”

Red Lantern on Riley
Ranked #66 of 6,144 Restaurants in Sydney
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $120
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Darlinghurst
Description: Set within a designer space reminiscent of French Colonial Vietnam, Red Lantern on Riley mixes the nostalgia of Indochine with the personal quirkiness of the Nguyen family. The restaurant is owned and operated by chefs Luke Nguyen and Mark Jensen, and Luke's sister Pauline Nguyen. With a focus on shared dishes, an evening at Red Lantern on Riley is an experience best enjoyed with friends and family.
Reviewed December 16, 2012

If I could rate this as "four and a half" then I would. Down at the bottom, Darlinghurst, end of Riley Street, the interior fit out, as noted by other reviewers, is a very pleasant recreation of a Vietnamese colonial house. We had the $71 per-head tasting menu for dinner, plus an excellent bottle of wine (at $77), plus one dessert to share. This all came out at $250 for two (we had mineral water as well) - not crazy, but not everyday dining.
In our tasting menu, we had plenty to eat, plenty of variety, and plenty of jump-in-the-mouth Vietnamese flavours. We found the young, enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable front of house staff (multiple waiters, waitresses and the sommellier) very engaging and not at all stuffy.
Why not rate this five out of five? Well, the dessert was not "bad", but was not distinguished, and the restaurant's obvious success and popularity means you get the irritating fixed sitting system. For food this interesting and of this quality, I'll put up with the minor irritation.

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Thank Bluey99
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Recently had dinner at this wonderful resturant. Sitting in a booth felt like sitting in a Vietnamese home (albiet an upmarket one). Somehow they create this fantastic intimacy which is more than matched by sensational food and happy friendly staff. The highlight - pork fairy floss - never had anything like it - the texture of fairy floss - fine, melt in your mouth strands - with the taste of pork - YUM can't recommend highly enough

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Thank MUMOFTHREESYDNEY
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

As a big fan of Luke Nguyen we decided to visit his new restaurant in Sydney on the eve of flying out to Vietnam. With so much to live up to I was nervous whether it would make the grade, I needn't have been it made and surpassed the grade.

The staff were very professional, yet friendly at the same time from the staff we booked with to our wonderful waiter. I applaud him because after we ordered he nicely asked us if he could make a few suggestions. As we hadn't been there before we happily went along with his ideas, and I am delighted (or should that be embarrassed?) to say that the two dishes he suggested were sublime. Thank God he made us have a Vietnamese salad, it was the best dish of the night.

I can hardly wait for Luke to open his restaurant in Brisbane!

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Thank SuzannahA
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

This is one of those nice comfortable restaurants that you feel instantly at home.
The staff make you feel welcome and look after you with a natural efficiency that puts you at ease.
The menu is great with many options for every taste and when it comes does not let you down.
We ate lovely entres, Crisp parcels filled with crab, prawn and taro and then you wrapped these in lettuce with mint and noodles and herbs, green tea smoked duck breast then for mains we had Mulloway steamed in Banana leaves with lemongrass and dill, Beef cubes with garlic and black pepper and the Crispy skin chicken. Served with steamed rice and steamed zucchini and asparagus we were very comfortably full.
The waitress was really helpful in my choice of wine also and very patient!
Definitely a must if you like Asian food and want to be in and out fairly quickly

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Thank RubyAustralia
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

Delicious food - the kid goat is spectacular. Auntie's Five Rice Cakes are so delicious you'll want to lick the plate. Make sure you go out the back to Red Lily bar for a drink too. A delicious place - but make a reservation - waitlist can be 8 weeks long.

Thank Sam L
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