Thursday, July 5, 2012

Duck N' Such @ Hartamas

This determinedly duck-devoted eatery waddled this week into Hartamas Shopping Center, dishing out everything from duck quesadillas to shredded duck tom yam.

Duck chili con carne might sound like a what-the-duck sort of idea hatched by featherbrains, but this thick Tex-Mex stew of minced duck, kidney beans, onions, peppers, cumin and tomatoes is tasty enough to prove that the chefs here aren't quacks. The service is sincerely smiley too.

Don't duck the duck satay; it's a fun, flavorsome change from the chicken/beef/pork varieties.

Ditto for the Caesar salad with grilled duck tenderloin; it tastes, well, just ducky (or as this restaurant's promotional banners around Hartamas might proclaim, ducklicious!).

Crispy duck popiah. Prices here are fair; these three pieces cost RM10+ _ the cheapest item on the menu, while nearly everything else costs between RM12 and RM42.

Of course there's a duck burger, with a discernibly house-made patty, succulent and robust-flavored enough for carnassial cravings, gussied up with pineapple and cheese.

Folks in fowl moods will devour the duck drumstick red curry with roti jala. This is a halal outlet, so it's a sitting duck for our lamentation about its lack of liquor. But no matter; it's right across The Meat Experts, where wine flows by the bottle.

Smoked duck tagliatelle with traditional egg carbonara sauce. Hearty, rich and creamy, though some might say too hearty, too rich and way too creamy.

After all this, what's left? Well, there's still the duck, the whole duck and nothing but the duck, stripped of its bones and roasted to satisfying juiciness.

With a menu that's brilliantly thought out and beautifully executed, here's hoping this not-at-all ugly duckling won't be turning into a lame duck.

Duck N' Such Restaurant,
G-11A, Ground Floor, Hartamas Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6143-2286
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40 comments:

  1. OMG! Duck satay, duck burger, duck popiah...I will definitely be ducking into this place soon...duckylicious indeed! =)

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    1. Ulric: hope you enjoy the meal! duck overdose :D

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  2. Frm oink oink to quack quack...
    Well I guess it more heathy to eat duck meat huh....lol

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    1. Simple Person: heheh, i've read that duck fat is supposed to be one of the healthiest of animal fats :D

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  3. well its about time! hmm whats next? there was the traditional steakhouse, seafood and hogs..now duck..hard core game meat next?

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    1. Joe: game meat sounds fun and adventurous ... although maybe too adventurous to be financially sustainable in KL right now! but hopefully someday :D

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  4. This reminds me of that turkey restaurant we went.... LOL

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    1. CK: oooh, i wonder if the turkey restaurant is still there. it's been more than one year already since our visit :D

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    2. Maybe they have new menu now, why don't you revisit them and see. Hehehe.

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    3. CK: maybe there's a turkey-and-peanut-butter sandwich now! :D

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  5. Hee! Too funny with all of your duck word wizardry! Going over there today. Thanks for the preview. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: thanks! hope you enjoy your meal there. we wanted to try the peking duck wrapped in roti jala, but unfortunately, it was not available during our visit =)

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  6. Crispy duck popiah? That's very creative! Would love to try it!

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    1. Smitten By Food: there are lots of asian-style duck recipes available here that you might enjoy, including japanese duck skewers, sichuan duck soup and nyonya duck rendang :D

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  7. Stating that this place is ducky is underrated

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    1. Mcichelle: definitely an understatement! :D

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  8. I am a duck person, would love to check this place out. The food there looks wicked!

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    1. Quay Po: hope you enjoy it! there are other interesting duck recipes here that i didn't manage to try, including a swiss-style rosti topped with smoked duck :D

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, i think so, though there were no kids around to play on it or try it out =)

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  10. a duck burger?!?! we'll have to duck in here one day to try it out! How does the normal roast duck compare to village roast duck in bangsar village?

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    1. Drops of Contentment: i think the duck burger would have been even tastier topped with a duck egg, though that might have been overkill! :D ooh, the roast duck here tastes kinda different. it tastes less chinese and more, ermmm, malay, if that makes sense. i might actually prefer the one here since it's totally deboned, heh =)

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  11. eeeeee lame duck puns! you're killing me la, sean. :-D anyway, despite the puns, the food looks good so i will head over there pronto!

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    1. Lyrical Lemongrass: killing meena softly with my puns, with my puns :D oooh, you could opt for one of the duck salads here; it comprises grilled duck breast, leaves and legumes in a date vinaigrette reduction, dragonfruit, walnuts, pistachios, cherry tomatoes and quail eggs =)

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    2. What?! No fingernail clippings?!?!

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    3. Lemongrass: shhhh, that idea is copyrighted! :D

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  12. Okay...now you found a duckie place. hahaha..
    The burger and satay looks delicious!!!

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    1. Melissa: heheh, now that we've had duck burger and duck satay, we're not sure we wanna have chicken burger or chicken satay anymore! :D

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  13. What a delicious ducky place! And there's even a duck slide... cutteeeeeee!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i wonder if the duck slide is just for display or whether it's for use. one way to find out is to bring some toddlers here, hint hint =)

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  14. What the duck?? Deboned duck is the best! So easy to eat. :P

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    1. Bangsar babe: so true! Can just munch munch munch without having to tear the meat off the bones and bothering about splinters :D

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  15. hahahaha...the ducky slide very funny~~~XD

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    1. Chowchow7: if i were still in kindergarten, i'd definitely wanna try that slide, heheh :D

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  16. Wah looks like a nice place for duck indulgence. And it's also my first time seeing a duck burger. I would love to try that.

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    1. Eiling: i'm a fan of duck meat, so it's nice to see a restaurant where duck is dominant! :D

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  17. Damn... these F & B ppl are getting creatve these days aren't they??
    Duck burger.. I MUST TRY!

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    1. Rebecca: i hope the creativity here is well-rewarded, heheh. yeah, the duck burger is a nice change from the usual beef, chicken and pork :D

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  18. Ducky goodness. Will need to bring the ducky boy Nordin along!

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    1. Missyblurkit: hope you guys enjoy your ducky dinner (or lunch!) :D

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