Holy Duck, what a great name for a restaurant! Specialising in Modern Chinese cuisine, and that oh my, that duck. This is what you come for. Castlecrag is the home of the second restaurant of this name, with first in Kensington Street Chippendale.
The restaurant is located in the shopping square, unassuming from the front, apart from the large lit up sign directing us to Holy Duck. Once inside, the restaurant opens up into a large dining space with the decor of a traditional Chinese restaurant. With large round tables making Holy Duck the perfect place for a group dining experience and the white lined table cloths adding a touch of class. We were here on a Friday night and shared the restaurant with many families and couples sharing a meal together.
With an interesting mix of interesting cocktails to choose from, a great way to start the meal whilst deciding what to eat. The holy drink is a favourite – an exotic mix of flavours that will refresh you and get the tastebuds ready for the meal ahead. It is made with vodka kaffir lime lychee, ginger and coconut water.
The food at Holy Duck was absolutely brilliant. The steamed dim sum platter the perfect start. With an assortment of of tasty dumplings including; prawn har gow, vegetable dumplings, chicken sui mai and prawn and chive. These were possibly the best dumplings we’ve had in a long time.
A revelation was the pink salt and black sesame egg and spinach tofu. An contrast of flavours and textures that will blow your mind. Crisp fried outer crust and soft centre of the tofu combined with the pink salt and sweet toasty black sesame.
But the show stopper was the signature crispy duck. You can hear the crispiness of the fried duck as you break through the skin to reveal the tender, moist flesh. This will leave you with a slack jaw muttering Holy Duck, we reckon this is how they named the restaurant. This fine specimen served with a make your own pancake kit, complete with julienne cucumber, thinly sliced shallots and hoi sin sauce.
To finish, you are left with a tough choice do you do dessert and what do you order?
Of course you do and it is a difficult choice. The silky vanilla panna cotta with honeycomb with contrastingly decadent black sesame ice cream. Pretty much like having two desserts in one, perfect if you like to share.
Be sure to visit Holy Duck, you will be in for a treat. There is a great range of modern and traditional Chinese cusine. The signature crispy duck is a must.