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Duke, Darlinghurst…. Revisit

I have had many wonderful late night snacks at Duke when tipsy. ‘The Mother’ and I had date night here once and I fell in love with their chicken wings and tatter tots. They are the best hangover snacks. I haven’t had the chance to try their other dishes so was keen to go again. It is quite a funky and hip looking place, I love the décor, the interior, the cocktails and most of all, the food of course!

I met D here one evening, and the food is as good as I remembered it.

Started with the witlof tonnato ($12), fresh witlof covered with creamy mayonnaise-like sauce that has been flavoured with tuna. Not only that, but the fresh witlof was covering a mountain of fresh tuna. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of what was underneath, we were too hungry and wanted to dig in. The combination of the fresh witlof, tuna and tonnato was deliciously refreshing and deliciously creamy. It was a perfect start to what was to come.

Next Kingfish gin and tonic ($18) served in a glass like the gin and tonic drink. We were instructed to dig our spoon deep so we can taste all the different mixtures and flavours. The king fish sashimi was fresh and firm, the roasted coriander seed, coriander, curled ribbons and cube size cucumber were a great complement and gave it that extra flavouring. I love the taste of the gin and the fizzy-ness of the tonic water. It was sensational!

The beef shortrib pancakes ($20) were different but ingenious. Similar to take of a Peking duck – you have the pancake, the daikon with crushed peppercorn and instead of the duck, the beef shortrib. The beef shortrib was so tender that it fell off the bone. It was succulent and eaten with the pancakes it was just magnificent. Ingenious!

Wagyu, herb dressing and baby gem lettuce ($24) was delightful. The beef was tender but not as tender as the beef shortrib. It was served medium rare, and the herb dressing was tangy which complemented the wagyu well. I have never had grilled lettuce before and my goodness, it’s a must try!

Tater tots, Duke gravy and edamame ($15) – I love! D was keen to try the Tater tots and he loved it! How can you not? How can one not like deep fried potato? Served with Duke gravy, edamame, tender braised veal and pea shoots. I really love this dish.

We were getting full by this stage, however, still wanted for dessert. So we opted for gelato ($4 for each flavour), and the flavours were dulche de leche, panna cotta and raspberry. The dulche de leche would have to be my favourite! Sweet, caramel, salty all in one – my goodness! That’s heaven in a mouthful. The panna cotta came second – the creamy vanilla flavour, it tasted so much like a panna cotta! My least favourite was definitely the raspberry, it was nice but nothing special. I couldn’t help but eat all the dulche de leche – sorry D! Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos of this – was afraid the ice cream would melt and I could see D eagerly digging into the ice cream!

It was great catching up with D, and of course coming back to Duke! Mitch Orr and Thomas Lim are awesome! It was good to try other things than my two ‘usual’ – Tater tots and fried chicken wings. The watermelon, zucchini flowers, fresh herbs looked fantastic, so did the egg, seasonal mushrooms, almonds – can’t wait to go back to try others.

Open till 2ish on both Friday and Saturday, so great for a late night snack! Love it!

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Duke Bistro

65 Flinders Street

Darlinghurst 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 3180

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  1. January 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    The witlof tonnato sounds amazing and beef shortrib pancakes sound amazing. Must get back here and try both. I admit I ended up buying a bag of potato gems after eating a Duke, seeing as it reignited a love of deep-fried potato strings. lol

    • January 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

      now you have got me thinking about potato gems Helen!!!! will have to get some tonight 🙂

      • January 4, 2011 at 1:41 pm

        lol. I think I may have to keep some permanently in my freezer from now on!

      • January 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

        funnily – i bought some yesterday! havent had any but i think that will be dinner tonight 🙂

  2. Tigerleech
    April 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

    I was thinking about this the other day – I want to go back there! Pancakes were brilliant.

  1. July 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

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