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The Hungry Duck, Berry

‘The Mother’ and I had a mid-week getaway to Berry, which is about two hours drive from the CBD. I love the history of the town, the greenness and the surrounding countryside. Not to mention the cafes, bakeries, the markets and gift shops in town.

We have never really stayed in Berry, usually just a day trip. However, we decided to stay over night this time round, have dinner, and do a bush walk in the morning before returning to Sydney.

We stayed at a B&B (bed and breakfast) called the Drawing Rooms of Berry. A 15 acre property with lots of giant gum and pine trees. Roger and Toni Stent are the lovely host, I didn’t meet Roger but Toni was very welcoming and friendly and made our stay extremely enjoyable.

On our way to the B&B, we stopped by for dinner at the Hungry Duck, a modern Asian restaurant using organic produce. They have their own organic herb and vegetable garden. The man behind the Hungry Duck is David Campbell who previously owned the Book Kitchen in Surry Hills, has worked at Wockpool, Tetsuyas (London) and Billy Kwong prior to opening his own modern Asian restaurant. Opened in May 2008, it has been named in the top ten green eateries in the good food guide in 2010 and 2011.

The restaurant is cozy, seats about 45 and there is a communal table outside that can fit 24 more people. Hungry Duck offers diners the option of a la carte and either a five or a nine course banquets. ‘The Mother’ and I opted for a la carte, the five course degustation sounds fantastic, but there were items on the menu that we both really wanted to try. Each dish are designed to be shared, Asian style.

We started with tataki of yellow fin tuna, miso, orange and sechuan pepper sorbet ($18). Slightly seared, the yellow fin tuna was deliciously fresh and the miso a wonderful complement. I love the orange and sechuan pepper sorbet – it was light and refreshing, not creamy but with a hint of spice – it’s a little weird to explain but the combination I thought worked!

‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the tempura zucchini flowers with aged soy and citrus ($15). I love the light airy batter, however I think the zucchini itself can be a little more tender.

Inside the zucchini – rice – not exactly what I expected, however, the aged soy and citrus dressing was a wonderful complement.

I couldn’t go past the duck tree ways – duck spring roll, rare caramelised breast and a crispy sichuan peppered leg ($34).

WOW – the duck spring roll was tasty. Duck mince with vegetables and then wrapped and deep-fried. The pastry was thin and crispy but parts of it was a little soggy by the time I ate it, regardless, it was still quite good.

The rare caramelised breast with soy, honey and then drizzled with sesame was one of the nicest duck I have had. Served medium rare, it was tender and succulent and probably the highlight of the evening. The crispy sichuan peppered leg had crispy skin and tender, juicy meat but it was definitely the rare breast duck meat that won my heart.

We couldn’t help but order the braised wagyu beef shin with orange, star anise and cinnamon ($30). It was wonderfully aromatic and fragrant. The braised wagyu beef was so tender that it just melted in my mouth.

I love the orange, star anise and cinnamon – great combination, lots of flavours and the smell, incredible!

Unfortunately, we were both stuffed. Nothing on the dessert menu really caught my eye – although the chinese five spiced doughnuts, butterscotch sauce and sour cream sounded interesting. Wine list extensive, they have different types of sakes, white and red, wine by the glass or bottles.

Service excellent, waitress friendly and very informative. It was a wonderful dinner, I am definitely keen to go back and try their other dishes including dessert.

The Hungry Duck is only open for dinner every night, except for Tuesday night. Well worth the visit!

GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

The Hungry Duck

85 Queen Street

Berry 2535

Ph: +61 2 4464 2323

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  1. July 5, 2011 at 12:57 am

    Thats one of the best looking duck dishes I’ve seen in a long time.

  2. July 5, 2011 at 5:26 am

    Ah yes – I have heard of this place! Unfortunately I don’t think the menu is vego friendly.. oh well 😦

    • July 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

      hey lady bird πŸ™‚ i think you are right, they didnt have a lot of vego options… its a shame, cause it is quite good!

  3. July 5, 2011 at 6:05 am

    That duck looks amazing. I remember looking into the window of the restaurant when we were in berry for the day as someone had mentioned that that was a good restaurant.

    • July 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

      hey susan, the duck was amazing! really really delicious and a must order if you visit the hungry duck. i quite like it and will definitely be back

  4. July 5, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Love the idea of orange and sichuan pepper sorbet!

    • July 5, 2011 at 7:43 am

      Hey wendy thanks for dropping by πŸ™‚ it was absolutely really quite lovely!

  5. July 5, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The presentation is amazing isn’t it?

    I think Berry is a bit out of the way for some casual dining but if I’m ever in the area…Looks like some very special food is happening down there.

    • July 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

      hey there πŸ™‚ thanks for dropping by! the presentation is fantastic, food even better! it is a ‘little’ far for a casual dining but i wouldnt hesitate to go again and stay over night! very lovely getaway also.

  6. July 13, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    good looks gr8 πŸ™‚

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