Last night we checked out Red Lantern On Riley. Celebrity Master Chef and Restaurateur Luke Nguyen’s second Red Lantern restaurant (the original still running strong 10 years in on Crown St in Surry Hills).
More specifically we spent the entire night in the Red Lily Cocktail Bar out the back of the restaurant. A small but racy space with wooden stools and a marble bar. Our bartender Ken was an amazing man and had us exchanging pot shots all night. We pretty much tried every cocktail on the menu, all of which were amazing discoveries, we also had most of the ‘bar food’ menu which was next level and had some of us saying that it was the best bar food we’ve ever had.
We got to briefly meet Head Chef Mark Jensen who’s the co-owner and brother-in-law, and his wife Pauline (Luke’s sister) ran us through every dish that came out. Amazingly Luke was also in the house as he was serving dinner to 2 lucky winners of a competition he ran where the winners were flown first class from anywhere in the world to have dinner with Luke at Red Lantern on Riley! In between keeping the winners entertained Luke came back to the bar to hang out with us more than a few times during the night (he’s a champ, as down to earth as they come, we’re all converted!).
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Red Lily Cocktail Bar
60 Crown Lane
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: 02 9698 4355
Email: Bettina Banks – [email protected]
This grass-fed black Angus dish was outstanding. So good that as soon as Sergio put a piece in his mouth he said that he just wanted to not chew and leave it there! Pauline explained to us that the supplier of the meat is a company which chooses who should stock their meat (Red Lantern being the chosen ones!).
Calvin Orosa was singing and playing great down tempo Soul, R&B all night, at the end of the night we twisted his arm to let our Simmy sing a tune, she sung Basement Jaxx’s “Good Love” and she absolutely killed it! What a gal!