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Duke Bistro, Darlinghurst

Date night – yes, ‘The Mother’ and I still have date nights. A night where we go out, just the two of us, where we sit, drink, eat and catch up on our busy week. Topics NOT to be discussed during date night are finances, my shopping habits and chores!

Duke bistro had only been opened for a week, but I have been on the lookout for a while now. Mitchell Orr, 2010 Josephine Pignolet Young Chef of the Year and ex-Sepia is the head behind it along side Thomas Lim, ex-Tetsuya. Charles Aidnsbury, Andy Penney and Joel Amos are behind the bars and take care of the liquid refreshments.

We were famished, rocked up at 6.30pm only to realize that they don’t open till 7pm! So ‘The Mother’ and I had a couple of quite drinks at the Flinders Hotel bar. It was happy hour until 7 pm so that was a bonus!

The restaurant is located above the Flinders Hotel; it’s a very rustic, the décor, the star case, the ambience, ‘The Mother’ loved it! It reminded him of a house that he used to live in with the boys in Annandale call Planet B – yes the boys named their house Planet B!

The restaurant wasn’t as big as I thought, the bar was one side of the corner, and the kitchen behind it. We didn’t have a reservation, however, were seated immediately.

We perused the menu and started with the Octopus, Hops, Chili, Orange – “Octy” as the Waitress called it. We were tossing up between the Octy and the anchovies – well ‘The Mother’ was, I knew I wanted the Octy and I am glad we got that! The octopus was tender and succulent. The orange and hops were a great combination, the tang, the creaminess and the bitterness all mixed together was delicious. The chili was subtle, it wasn’t strong at all, and really gave it a nice kick and flavouring. ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed it.

The fried chicken wings, coleslaw milk and hot sauce were fantastic. The chicken wings were cooked to perfection, juicy and succulent. Did I mention how much I love fried chicken wings? The hot sauce incredible, it wasn’t home made, it came from a bottle which was seriously spicy (didn’t take a photo of the bottle sorry, as I was fixated on my chicken wings)! The fried chicken wings were Finger. Licking. Good. I could have easily eaten half a dozen of these finger licking chicken wings on my own! The coleslaw milk I thought was bland, either that or I didn’t have enough of it.

‘The Mother’ loves sardines, so we ordered a serve of sardines, which was served with baby globe artichokes with radish. The sardines were served warm and surprisingly tasty! The crunchiness from both the artichokes and radish was fantastic. I found a new ‘love’ for sardines!

The tater tots, duke gravy and edamame were scrumptiously good! Perfectly deep fried crisp potatoes, similar to that of rosti were crunchy on the outside and soft, tender on the inside. The house-made gravy was delectable good, and the edamame a great accompaniment.

‘The Mother’ wanted to try Lamb Belly, cumin, eggplant and pearl onion. The lamb belly was incredibly tender and succulent, I didn’t enjoy this dish as much as ‘The Mother’. I am not a fan of lamb, the smell, the texture, its just not for me. However, ‘The Mother’ really enjoyed it and demolished my share.

As we were eating, I mentioned to ‘The Mother’ how many restaurants are becoming ‘tapas’ like (Berta, Cotton Duck, Lotus to name a few) where dishes are not overly big (in terms of serving) but enough to be shared. I love the idea of sharing food, Asian Style, which means more dishes to try.

Unfortunately I was a little full for dessert, and well ‘The Mother’ doesn’t always want dessert. However, I was more than pleasantly surprised when we asked the waitress for a bill and were given two pistachio macaroons!

If you are vegetarian, let the Chef know. They will accommodate. I almost ordered the egg, seasonal mushrooms, almonds. It looked incredible!

The service was great, our waitress superb! The servings were a little on the small side, but food excellent. It was reasonably priced, ‘The Mother’ certainly enjoyed the experience as much as I did.

Date night, its one night of the week that I look forward to! Do you still have date night?

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Duke Bistro

63 Flinders Street

Darlinghurst, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 3180

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  1. November 2, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Cool, you’re certainly quick with you new restaurant visits! Love the look of that lamb belly …. 🙂

  2. November 2, 2010 at 3:27 am

    lols you say its reasonably priced but you hid the receipt with the macarons! what were the prices of the dishes? the tater tots sound awesome

    • November 2, 2010 at 5:51 am

      hey suze – it wasnt intentional, seriously! i think the bill came to 83! the octy ($8), sardines ($14), chicken wings ($10), tatter tots ($15), lamb belly ($16) plus drinks. food price range $6 – $25. not bad…

  3. November 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Duke is high on the list upon our next visit to Sydney after reading your blog. The food looks delicious! Tater tots, yum. The little macarons are just too cute 😉

    • November 2, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      hey thanks for dropping by! i would definitely recommend it – well worth it!

  4. November 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Oh wow – everything looks fab – esp the chicken wings! Drool…!

    • November 3, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      hey tina … thanks for dropping by 🙂 ya chicken wings were fantastic! thinking of dropping by Duke sometime this weekend 🙂

  5. Tony
    January 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

    Great food. My son & I enjoyed the flavours as we experimented by not eating the usual that a lot of restaurants serve these days. We have had Mitchell’s food before & he always surprises us.

    • January 2, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Hey there, thanks for dropping by! oh i agree… i really do enjoy Mitch’s food. Have been back a few times! I love how they are open till late too!

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