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“Vietnamese food at its finest” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Lantern - CLOSED

Red Lantern
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Surry Hills
Narrabeen, Australia
Level Contributor
82 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Vietnamese food at its finest”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

Celebrated my daughter's birthday at the Red Lantern in Riley Street Surry Hills.
Every course was a work of art.
The staff very helpful & knew the menu very well.
Nice and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank joolesb
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Rating summary
    Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
77 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Should have a Hat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Went there with another couple on a Saturday night. The ambience fitted the style of the restaurant the meet & greet friendly & courteous. The wait staff explained the menu & the different options on the degustation menus. Wine list was good to have wines be-fitting the stle of food. We decided to have the degustation and chose a bottle of Gruner Veltliner from Austria. First course came and was served to us by none other than Luke Nguyen himself, he announced the dish to the table & what the dish was about, flavours & quality of the food for every course was exceptional! I also noticed that Luke was at the pass where the food was being served and was checking everything! I can't see why this restaurant has not received a Hat from the GFG yet? Our friend is a big fan of Lukes TV shows and was keen to tell her sister who also is a fan about meeting him and tell her of the great dining experience we just had. My wife said why don't you ask him to get your photo taken with him, but she was too embarrassed to ask. So my wife asked Luke. He was not only accommodating but said it would be better to take the picture out the back with better lighting. Breathe of fresh air to see a grounded & humble celebrity chef! Highly recommend this place to everyone!

Helpful?
Thank Darren H
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Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Top service, delicious meals.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2012

We managed to book the day before and got a table, we were told its hard to get into. Glad we got a seat, the deep fried whole snapper was sensational, noodles full of flavour, ate some other things that not sure what it was (but tasty anyway).

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank Pam D
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
“Three months wait - ok but nothing to rave about”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

Staff excellent, food average, maybe we picked the wrong dishes but certainly won't be going back again and have told friends how disappointed we were.
We would have been better off going to the local Vietnamese in Marrickville

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank susan b
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Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Over Rated!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012

As lovers of Vietnamese food, we have eaten at a number of cheaper places in the locals of Marrickville and Cabramatta. We were excited about going to this restaurant not only because of the 'Celebrity Chef' factor, but also to taste what he shows on his shows which looks amazing. We were at best disappointed.
Dessert was the best part, the salads were tasteless, service was arrogant, and we left with very light pockets.
A shame because it took us 8 weeks to get in, we should have gone to Marrickville and saved the cash!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank 71travel10
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