Red Lantern on Riley

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60 Riley St Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

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Opening hours Tues-Fri noon-3pm,Tues-Sun 6pm-10.30pm
Features Wheelchair access, Family friendly, Outdoor seating, Vegetarian friendly, Bar
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Chef Luke Nguyen, Mark Jensen
Seats 80
Payments Diner's Club, eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9698 4355

As the original Red Lantern in Surry Hills celebrates its tenth birthday, its new baby brother ratchets things up with a smart designer fit-out that nostalgically recalls Vietnam's French colonial past. Smart hand-made floor tiles mix it with faded floral wallpaper, marble-topped communal tables, family memorabilia, including a framed black and white photograph of Luke's dad, and yes, even the odd red lantern. The menu blends favourite Vietnamese dishes with Red Lantern classics and a few new party tricks. Traditional goi cuon prawn and pork ricepaper rolls lacked character, but a dramatically piled salad of master stock-poached Burrawong chicken, cabbage and jellyfish has real get-up-and-go. A whole, upright baby snapper in a tomato and beer sauce with jackfruit gives sweet and sour a delicious new twist, and crisp, five-spice quail with beetroot salad is snappy finger food. And rest assured, the noise levels are high enough to drown the loud crunch of you munching your banana fritter. Also at Surry Hills