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Red Lantern on Riley
Vietnamese
  • 60 Riley St,
    Darlinghurst ,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9698 4355,
    redlantern.com.au
  • Lunch Thu-Fri noon-3pm

    Dinner Tue-Sat 6pm-10pm

Red Lantern on Riley
-33.874733,151.215401

A chef's TV travelogue is a great appetiser, so diners at Luke Nguyen's evocatively created colonial Hanoi shop-house may well be planning Indochine adventures of their own, or may simply want to savour the delicacy of true Vietnamese cooking. Kick off the journey with a zingy Ho Chi Minh Sling and Aunty's square-tile rice cakes laden with plump tiger prawns, caramelly pork floss and mince. Pig and prawn also feature in the tangy shredded green papaya salad, but, for Mekong memories, switch to chilli-salted squid or the DIY lettuce wrap bánh xèo seafood crêpe. The pasture-raised, crisp-skinned, lightly spiced chicken in gingery consommé is simplicity itself - a succulent bird begging for an aromatic white from the globetrotting Viet-food-friendly list. Thumbs up, too, for the seamless service. Later, you might consider swapping the kaffir lime brûlée for a post-prandial perch in the Red Lily back bar.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $18-$25

    M $30-$42

    D $16

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Outdoor dining
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Mark Jensen

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