I’ve been wanting to go to Wild duck since it opened but never got around to it (and I wasn’t quite sure where it was). After hearing rave reviews from multiple people, I thought today is the day I’m going to eat there.
The decor is traditional Chinese meets modern Western.
‘Food Travellers’ Banquet $49.00 pp
The people at Wild duck were nice enough to let us have the Food travellers banquet even though there were only three of us.
Shanghai wonton soup – delicate house-made chicken wontons in light chicken consomme with baby bok choy. Not an overly salty broth with dainty won tons.
Lotus root and pork parcels – sliced young lotus root with lean pork mince in between, crispy fried in a light tempura batter with a vinegar ginger dipping sauce. I didn’t read that there was meat in these which made for a pleasant surprised. Despite being fried it wasn’t overly oily.
Asian herb and leaf salad – combined lettuce, coriander, watercress, red radish, crispy noodles and cucumber, dressed with aged sesame vinaigrette. Nothing too special, it wouldn’t have mattered if it wasn’t included.
Roast duck rice paper rolls – Chinese roast duck, cucumber, spring onion in Vietnamese style rice paper roll served with Hoi Sin sauce. Very delicious although my friend had a small bone in hers.
Let the mains begin!
Wild prawn papaya green curry – A hotpot filled with wild caught Queensland prawns, diced fresh papaya and okra in Thai infused mild coconut green curry. It starts off as a sweet taste and ends with a bit of a bite on your tongue. I really enjoyed the addition of papaya in the curry.
Lemongrass infused chicken – Tender free range chicken marinated overnight in lemongrass, rosemary and garlic then char-grilled and served with sauteed green beans and carrot. We were particularly looking forward to this dish and it didn’t disappoint. Very flavoursome and tender.
Honey mustard fillet steak – diced beef eye fillet stir-fried in mild chilli, honey and mustard sauce, with sugar snap peas, King brown mushrooms, Gingko nuts and onion. A very strong honey mustard taste and this was hot hot hot! Even hotter than the curry! I had to have a lot of rice to accompany this dish.
This wasn’t included in the banquet but it came highly recommended so I couldn’t leave without ordering fried mantou bread ($3.00) Wow, this tasted exactly the ones that I had in Singapore. Crispy outer coating encasing a fluffy sweet dough, perfect to counteract all the spice in the curry and fillet steak.
We weren’t really tempted by their dessert menu and it wasn’t really Chinese-esque. The service was really friendly and attentive which is always a bonus to the delicious food that they were serving. I would be very happy to return and try other dishes.
Venue: Wild duck
Address: 71 Giles Street, Kingston Foreshore, Kingston, ACT 2604
Phone: (02) 6232 7997