Previously, we visited Red Lantern for dinner and drinks and thoroughly enjoyed our more recent visit. Red Lantern typically features clubby music (love Alexandra Stan’s Mr. Saxobeat) in the background and I always want to move my shoulders and bop my head. I feel as if I am in a restaurant in New York City.
We really enjoy the exposed brick, high ceilings, and beams in the spacious dining room.
The glowing red lanterns were enchanting and remind me of Hoi An Vietnam.
We really enjoyed the Sumo cocktail ($14), which had Hendricks, fresh basil, grapefruit and sparkling rose. The light pink drink was definitely strong, but refreshing.
We also shared a Morimoto Soba Ale ($14 for 22 ounces). Chef Morimoto collaborated with Rogue to create a light ale with a nutty and had a clean finish. I would highly suggest this soba ale for at-home consumption and pair it with various dishes.
We shared the Crispy Bliss roll ($12), which was a unique combination of crispy tempura sea bass, piquillo pepper, caramelized pineapple ooba. The roll was very tasty, a good combination of sweet and heat.
I have not tried this flavor combination before and thought visually the roll was artfully presented and very colorful.
We also shared the Teriyaki Noodle Steak ($24) which had sweet lo mein, sliced skirt steak and herb salad. The steak as nicely marinated and tender. The lo mein itself was very sweet, but combined with the fresh herb salad, crisp sprouts and snap peas, the sweetness was well balanced.
We had another great experience at Red Lantern and enjoyed tremendously our cocktails and the dishes we tried. Granted, the dishes can be pricey relative to our favorites Winsor, Hong Kong Eatery and Taiwan Cafe in Chinatown, but compared to any other $30 entree restaurant, Red Lantern provides a great ambiance and good food.