A Conversation with Luke Nguyen at Red Lantern: Coming to Australia

"In this intimate interview, Luke Nguyen talks about his journey to Australia via a refugee camp in Thailand.

Luke Nguyen chats about his journey to Australia, learning to cook in his parents' Cabramatta restaurant and his passion for Vietnamese food and culture.

Luke Nguyen was born in 1978 in Thailand, shortly after his parents fled Vietnam as boat people. After spending some time in a Thai refugee camp, his family eventually settled in Sydney, Australia." - SBS

Continue the Conversation with Luke Nguyen at Red Lantern's 16th Birthday Dinner!

There is much to celebrate! Can you believe that it has been 16 years since we first opened our doors? 16 years! Not a bad innings hey?

Over the years, we have seen so many restaurants come and go. We are proud to say that, 16 years later, Red Lantern is still going strong, surviving and thriving in what is, an incredibly fickle, saturated and competitive industry.

Over the years we have seen delicious times as well as tumultuous times – times so tough we have fallen to our knees. But in true Red Lantern style, we get back up, we dust ourselves off and we swing the bat again… and we swing the bat again.

The Universe Rewards the Unreasonably Determined.

Indeed, there is much to celebrate!

In our continued commitment to uplift the human spirit through the alchemy of flavour, hospitality and heart, we are throwing a big birthday bash. Luke will fly in especially, to celebrate with us.

This is an experience not to be missed. BOOK NOW!

Four-course shared table experience with matching wines from Hahndorf Hill Winery

Red Lantern's Signature Pham Fatale Cocktail
House infused kaffir lime leaf vodka with lychee and ginger liqueurs and coconut water


Aunty 5’s rice cakes with tiger prawns, caramelised pork, pork floss and shallot oil
Pan seared scallops with Schezuan and peanut crumble
Crispy five spiced quail

2017 Hahndorf Hill 'Gru' Gruner Veltliner
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront
Gold Medal - Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017
Gold Medal - Berliner Wein Trophy 2018, Germany


Blue swimmer crab and pomelo salad
Wok fried snapper
Pippis wok tossed in Red Lantern's XO sauce

2018 Hahndorf Hill Rosé
New Vintage Release
2016 Vintage Rosé was Halliday- rated as the top rosé in Australia


Char grilled honey and shallot pork loin chop with a green papaya salad
Lap Nguyen's secret family goat curry

2016 Hahndorf Hill 'Blueblood' Blaufrankisch
New Vintage Release
2015 Vintage Awards:
Gold Medal - Berliner Wein Trophy 2017, Germany
Silver Medal - London International Wine Challenge 2017, UK
Silver Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2016


alternate drop
Sesame and rice flour dumplings filled with caramelised soursop with black sesame ice cream
Coconut tapioca pudding with sweet potato, popcorn and caramel ice cream

2016 Hahndorf Hill ‘Green Angel’  Late Harvest Gruner Veltliner
94 Points - James Halliday
Gold Medal - Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show 2017
Silver Medal - AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge 2017, Austria
Silver Outstanding Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017, UK


Red Lantern on Riley
60 Riley Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
6.30pm – Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Phuong Nguyen