|Address:||77-78/71 Giles St, Kingston ACT 2604, Australia|
|Phone:||+61 2 6232 7997|
|Working:||12–2:30PM 12–2:30PM 12–2:30PM 12–2:30PM 12–2:30PM 5:30–10:30PM Closed|
I have been to Wild Duck twice, and I had two very different experiences, the first being great and the second being alright. The first time I went in September and ate in one of their private rooms. The second time I went in December and ate in the main room. I think that the difference in experiences is largely due to going there in December, a busier time of the year. So I would recommend trying it in off-peak times as they do not seem to deal with being busy well. Below I will talk about both experiences in detail, but scroll to the end of you just want the summary. Food - excellent/good I thought the food was delicious on my first time. The eggplant was probably my favourite, but I would also recommend trying the crispy duck and the pork belly based off that experience. On my second time, I was disappointed with the food. Everything was too sweet or too salty or too bland! My favourite dish from that time was probably the prawns, although the eggplant was good again as long as I had plenty of rice with it to lessen the saltiness. The menu is certainly designed for white people, but still enjoyable by East Asian people. Service - excellent/okay On my first time, the service was amazing. A lovely man served us and chatted to us, and then performed (very good) magic tricks for us. However, the second time, when we were not in a private room, the service was very different. It took about 10 minutes for us to be seated (we had booked), another 10 to receive a menu - but they just gave us a wine list. After another 5 minutes they gave us one menu for the food (we were a table of four). This set us off on a bad foot, but afterwards the service picked up. The staff were still very friendly, but it was tediously slow just to receive a menu. Price - very expensive Summary: I am unsure what to think of this restaurant due to these very different experiences, but I am inclined to forgive them for the second experience. The food was still good, although it didnt meet my expectations. Know that they are targeting a white audience, and those that are used to Chinese dining may be a little uncomfortable: the tables are rectangle, there are plates not bowls, and they give you knives and forks, although chopsticks can be requested. Overall, a good restaurant for northern Chinese food, but go in an off-peak time and maybe book a private room to see some magic.
Beware, I lost my wallet tonight which ended what would of been a pretty good dinning experience. 11 or us had the banquet, each dish was quite delicious, the standout was the deep fried trout. Service was also excellent because we booked a room, we had a waiter assigned to service just the room so everything was top notch. However after we left the restaurant and got back to my car which was less than 100m meters away, I realised I left my wallet back at the restaurant. I checked the the footpath on the way back making sure it was not dropped and found nothing. I went back to ask the restaurant manager whether a wallet has been handed in but there wasnt, we went to the room to look for the wallet thinking it was still on the table, it wasnt. The only person that had been in the room once we left the restaurant was the waiter that served us. I am disappointed the management did not try and ask the waiter who served us whether she saw anything and when I was back at the restaurant looking for the wallet, she was nowhere in sight even though she was running around all night while we were there. I dont want to point fingers at that time without any evidence, but Im pretty sure there would only be one person who knows where my wallet is. I even have a photo that was taken just before we let the restaurant showing my wallet was still on the table at that time. Would I go back again, no I wouldnt, even though the food was good, I dont trust the staff who work there anymore which is a shame for the management because it will cost them in the end. My only word of warning is keep your property with you at all times if you do go!
Atmosphere and service is definitely good. However the food was super disappointing. The wagyu beef dumplings tasted like normal beef dumplings you can buy from super market. Portions were also tiny for $16+. The crispy xiang su duck was certainly crispy, but the meat was pretty dry, even with the sauce. The lamb shank was served lukewarm and was super salty. The saving grace for this dish was the bak choy, which were juicy and flavoursome, and was the only part of the meal that tasted "asian". The eggplant had too much vinegar, and it was hard to stomach. The mi-goreng at the bottom seemed like an afterthought to make the dish more "asian", rather than adding an extra dimension to the taste. Food was expensive for the quality that was served. TL, DR dont go here if youre looking to eat "fine asian" food.
Restaurant is cosy and has a warm ambiance. Fixtures are high quality and maintained, bathrooms clean and well stocked. Service was top notch world class on par with European Michelin star restaurants. Serve sizes were perfect: 3 entrees and a main filled two of us up and left just enough room to squeeze in dessert. Had the Balmain Bugs, the duck rolls, the lamb skewers, the Yu Xiang Pork and sticky black rice for dessert. During the service our glasses stayed full and we were never waiting or wanting for anything. Great for a couple looking for a nice setting and delicious food. The venue would work well for groups and business meetings. Very happy with this restaurant!
The only good thing for this restaurant is the waitress. Friendly and nice The owner is not friendly at all. The food is normal as same as the take away shop. But the price is very expensive Papaya and prawn - $16 . For only one jumpo size tiger prawn which was put in the owen for 6 min and add a bit of colelaw. Peking duck 15.00 for 2 small piece of duck- my goodness too expensive and taste normal. The man for $35 but has only 7 piece of batter duck. It cost $5 mor one piece of duck. Not recomend for traveller and local
The restaurant has a very nice design with perfect lighting and a nice decor. The Sarah are friendly and attentive , offering recommendations with fast service at every step. The food was delusion and well prepared. The only down side is that for the price the dishes are quite small and not as intricately prepared as you would expect for small sized dishes.
Wonderful service, lovely decor, beautiful food. We 3 had the degustation banquet and apart from being delicious, it was great value for money. We had to take 2 dishes home and skip on dessert - even though we would have loved to eat the shared dessert tasting plate... we were just too full! :)
Absolutely great experience with this restaurant. Amazing food and service. This is a place for special occasions but worth the cost. The food is immaculate and delicious, a specially dessert!!!! Staffs are really friendly and attentive! Definitely will come back !!!
Poor service from the Chinese owner, duck dish was ordinary, food wasnt that great, presentation so so. I know what chinese food is suppose to taste like as Ive been to the best restaurants in Hong Kong and China.