Just over a year past my first visit, I brought my pal Tim to Holy Duck! It’s as good as it was, but nicely, much busier than it was before when it looked like it was finding its feet.
These dumplings, with duck and pork, had a firmer texture than usual, in an interesting and delicious way.
For the mains, we had (as I did before) the crispy duck with pancakes and hoi sin and cucumbers and you know, what could be wrong with this dish? Nothing, I’d say.
And we had a selection of BBQ meats (with a choice of three dipping sauces), which as I sort of expected, was excellent.
A glass of red wine was a good match, and the entertainment book coupon for a free main dish made this all the more enjoyable.
(Review below from 31 March 2017)
Located on the new dining strip, Kensington Street, next to Central Park Sydney, I reckon Holy Duck is going to be a great success. Opened by the successful folks behind the Chef’s Gallery, it’s a great way of making the Asian BBQ restaurant accessible to the general public, with a lot of wit and style. It’s very visually appealing.
We thought we might have ordered too much food but it was almost the right amount. The crispy roast pork belly plate was a modest amount… but very tasty, and I loved the taro rice.
I always love lotus root chips. Yum.
We ordered half a duck, crispy skin and roasted, and the waitress pulled apart some of the meat at the table when she brought it, just to show us how it was done. A generous amount of pancakes (unusually, and we even left one) and you know, duck, raw green onions, cucumber, hoi sin and Chinese pancakes is a magical combination that you just can’t match. It’s true that this was not the lacquered duck pieces that you’d get at a Chinese banquet, so it was a variation, but god, it was tasty.
No alcohol available. Not sure whether that will change or not. For the two of us, it was $66, but with the entertainment coupon, brought it down to $48. I left a $5 tip. A very enjoyable meal. We tried to get a dessert from Koi bar afterwards but they were just running out of the last pieces!