Can you guess where I had lunch?
My belly is full, my mind content and my taste buds happily reliving each dish…
Now I don’t do restaurant reviews, so this is a plead. Please go there, the food is truly wonderful.
I was really happy with going to Aria last year, but I have to say Red Lantern, you have taken my heart. A restaurant that has two feet firmly planted in the ethical, sustainable, organic eating arena while staying within their Vietnamese origins.
A cosy table for two tucked away in the corner. Let me have one eye on the other customers, seeing what they were ordering. While keeping the other eye on Mr Chocolate making sure he didn’t take any more of the melt in your mouth chilli salted squid than he should be.
It was also really lovely to see Luke Nguyen taking plates out to tables and explaining dishes to customers. Taking the time out to explain one particular dish to me and then coming back to show what he had meant about the cooking process, with said dish in hand.
Food was beautifully presented, tasted wonderful and I’ll be thinking about those dishes for a good while to come.
Muc Rang Muoi- chilli salted squid
Banh Tom- rice cakes with tiger prawns, caramelized pork and pork floss
Dessert tasting plate- Coconut Creme Caramel with Strawberries, Sesame dumpling with Black Sesame Icecream, Black Sticky Rice with Caramelized Pumpkin and Coconut Cream.
Table for two next week?….Yes please.
545 Crown Street
Surry Hills, Sydney