You’ve gotta love a great restaurant name, and it’s hard to resist a restaurant with a name like Holy Duck! But if the name and the glistening roast ducks hanging out the front of the restaurant weren’t already enough to entice you, how about half price duck?
Bet that got your attention!
It’s not our first time at Holy Duck!, we visited during their launch almost two years ago now. They’re since become quite a popular local spot, with the restaurant being absolutely packed even on a miserable Monday night when we visit. (of course, not so miserable after a delicious feed!)
Being a venture from the team at Chef’s Gallery, you’ll see some familiar dishes if you frequent both joint, like all time absolute favourite- handmade egg tofu. It’s silky smooth perfection, topped with spinach, black sesame and pink salt. If we were to be super picky, we’d say that the black sesame isn’t quite as fragrant as we would have imagined, but it didn’t make it any less enjoyable.
You can hear the Holy Duck! Specialty Platter being prepared almost right after your order is placed, the familiar chopping you get in all Cantonese BBQ shops. There’s something for everyone in the platter, from the roast duck that you saw hanging on the rack when you walked in, to Char Siu (BBQ Pork) and crispy roast pork belly.
We’re not disappointed with the roast duck, the meat deliciously moist and tender. The roast pork is done surprisingly well, mesmerising layers of fat and meat, with a crisp crackling that breakfast with a satisfying shatter. The barbecued pork is not exactly traditional, but the dainty cubes of pork in a dark caramelised sauce does go really well with rice!
For a refreshingly different way of having duck, try Holy Duck!’s Signature Crispy Duck. Served with an impressively crispy fried skin, it’s also quite a show, the tender meat pulled apart with a fork right in front of you.
It’s Holy Duck!’s spin on the traditional Peking Duck pancakes, designed to be enjoyed with the sides of shallots, cucumber and hoisin sauce, wrapped in a light smooth pastry wrapper. And because you’re eating both the meat and the skin (as opposed skin only in a traditional Peking Duck Pancake), it also makes for a very substantial serve!It’s a combination you just can’t go wrong with, but it’s the crispy duck skin that takes it up a level, fried til so beautifully golden and bubbly, it’s almost like pork crackling.
And you’d be crazy not to give this a go whilst it’s half price this month (hurry and get in while you can!).
The other standout of the night is the seafood Ee-Fu Noodles. If you’re after a serve of carbs for your meal, we’d strongly suggest ordering this. Flavour-wise it might not be the best complement to the duck or roast meat dishes, but the flavours in this dish are amazing in their own right!
You know you’ve made the right choice, when it arrives with loaded with fish, scallops, prawns and fish roe. There’s no shortage of seafood of course, and the subtle sweetness of the buttery lobster bisque brings it all together into one irresistable dish.
If you’ve still got the stomach space, the desserts look enticing too- there’s even banana choc spring rolls if that’s your thing! As for us, we’re already in a food coma. Until we meet next time Holy Duck!