Hearing me describe Lantern Fish as my new favourite venue in Manly let’s you know what I think of the food – it is exceptional!!
I will go through each individual dish……
The Kingfish Ceviche was marvellous, the apple and jalapeño were perfect additions and we all loved it.
The Tuna Tartare is probably my all time favourite tartare, everyone agreed. The Nashi pear addition was mind blowing!
The Prawn Fritter was a let down for me, I found it quite bland but after the two heavy hitters served previously this should have come out first, Tony and Nathan really liked it however.
The octopus was super tasty and was presented beautifully, and always a yes to fermented chilli and leek.
The eggplant was an absolute winner, one of my favourite dishes. Tony doesn’t really like or ever order eggplant, at 50yrs old Lantern Fish changed his mind on eggplant, and he ate three pieces and insisted I mention this in the review haha.
Sorry I am going on and on
The Sichuan fried chicken was one of my favourite dishes, a wonderfully tasty chilli dish, spicy, but not offensively so. I will have it again.
The duck pancakes split the table, me and Nath just loved it, the other side of the table not so much. I thought it was the best duck I have ever had, the crispy skin was perfection, Tony didn’t give much thought but he did say he didn’t love it, Michelle wanted chilli in it – but not many restaurants serve chilli with duck pancakes – the essential items are plum sauce, cucumber and spring onion. And the presentation of this dish is just WOW!!
The kung pao chicken was nice but not my favourite, it is meant to be an amalgamation of savoury, spicy, numbing, slightly sweet, tangy, and nutty flavours. But there was no spice in it – it didn’t make my mouth tingle. The Sichuan fried chicken was more spicy and I preferred it, like the fritters, this would have been better served before the Sichuan chicken.
The ginger Murray cod was sublime, so subtle and exceptionally cooked – I need this again!
Nathan lost his shit at the lamb, Michelle doesn’t like lamb and so never cooks it at home, we were literally talking about it and then 5min later, Carly appears with the lamb dish, cooked as a gift by Keith, so bloody good!!
And the XO crab fried rice was a brilliant rice side, nice and salty with egg row, just yum!!!