The Red Lantern Bistro is one of the newest food establishments around Marina Square area in Miri. I got to know about The Red Lantern Bistro through San Diann when he shared me their Facebook profile. I prefer dining around Marina Square area for lunch during weekdays to avoid paying for parking coupon. Unlike other parking areas in town, you have to pay for parking.
Mom is not so into Western cuisine as much as I do so The Red Lantern Bistro sounded like a better option as compared to the other cafes which I was interested. The Red Lantern Bistro serves an extensive range of liquors, from beers to wines. They even serve Japanese sake if my memory serves me well. My first impression of the bistro, it was dark on the inside. We sat nearby the restaurant entrance for better lighting.
The bistro is football themed with mini flags of different countries due to the football season (I think). This is only a part of the bistro. Another part of the bistro came with bigger round tables that you mostly find in Chinese restaurants.
Ginger Onion Pork with Rice Set | RM12.50
I ordered Mom a set meal which consisted of a rice dish with soup of the day and a drink. The rice dish came with a nicely done sunny side up. The soup of the day served yesterday was Corn Pork Rib Soup and it was pretty decent in my opinion. Mom however commented that the pork rib was overcooked resulting it turning tough. The sliced pork in the rice dish were extremely tender but the gravy was rather salty though.
Nan Ru Pork with Rice | RM8.50
I, on the other hand had their Nan Ru Pork with Rice and it was a disappointment to me. For non-Chinese, you might not know what Nan Ru is. Nan Ru is fermented bean curd which can be served as a condiment with porridge. However, it had been a trend to deep fry pork or chicken with Nan Ru nowadays. The pork wasn’t marinated long enough with Nan Ru and they tasted rather flavorless to me. The sliced pork were slightly tough in my opinion.
Verdict: Customer service was decent enough in my opinion. Food were served promptly after we ordered. However, the Chinese Tea that we ordered took longer to come than the food. It was the last to be served. I would say their lunch deal is pretty affordable as you get a rice dish of pork, chicken or fish, a soup and a fizzy drink for RM13.00 only.
The bistro can be very dark in the evening for photography. I think there’s live band performances on certain days in a week as I saw a stage on the way to the washroom. Aside from serving Chinese cuisine, they also serve finger foods to go with alcohol. I only found out that The Red Lantern Bistro serves Nasi Lemak Pork. If I were to return to the bistro, I would order their Nasi Lemak Pork to try.
PS: The Red Lantern Bistro is a non-Halal restaurant as pork and liquors are served.
The Red Lantern Bistro
Lot 1883, Ground Floor,
Marina Square 2,
Tel: +6-012 8093328