This week dad and I decided to escape to our holiday house in Berry to spend some quality father daughter time together. For the first time since getting my Learners permit I drove down through pea soup fog, heavy rain and traffic. It was quite a journey but with patience and motivation encouraged by dad I got through the rough three hour trip!
For our last night we decided that to save on the washing up we should go out to dinner to one of the restaurants in town. Unfortunately after looking forward to a meal at the Sourdough Bakery it was closed so we decided to dine at the modern Asian Restaurant called ‘Hungry Duck’. We were booked in for six o clock, which was fantastic as my tummy was grumbling by then! Because it was pretty early we were the only ones there which was nice and pleasant to dine in the quiet. The staff were extremely polite, each one of them kindly welcoming and looking perfectly groomed. It was divine to see for once waiters all dressed in matching uniforms and correctly placing and taking away the cutlery. Dad was delighted that they even had clean white tablecloths covering the tables and I agreed as it added to our elegant dining experience.
The menu had quiet a small selection however each dish sounded exquisite. One of the waiters explained to us that their cuisine is created on the idea to share and ran through their five and nine course specials they have every night. Although these two banquets were intriguing, the amount of food would of been far too much for us. In the meantime while we made up our minds, dad ordered a beer and I asked for some sparkling water. As our drinks were being served the lady placed the lovely clear bottle in which my drink came in and commented that this brand of fizzy water called ‘antipodes’ is very revitalizing and that she always keeps a supply at home. I couldn’t help but totally agree with her as I sipped my first taste and read the description on the label.
To start dad chose the Plantain chips with caramelized nahm jim as a entrée for us to share. I wasn’t too sure what to think when he ordered this starter as I was unsure how they would taste. When they arrived I couldn’t help but dig in! They were basically fancy long banana chips with an onion and tomato salsa dip- perfect for snacking and a great way to commencer a manger! The crunchiness and the light texture with the sauce was just divine and just thinking about them makes me want to eat them all over again! I could tell dad liked them because in a second they were all gone!
It was hard to decide whether to try duck for the first time but I finally ended up wanting the wok fried wagyu beef stir-fry with black bean sauce served with a bowl of steamed jasmine rice. The stir fry was filled with a strong taste protruding from the richness of the sauce, which gave each bite a pop of flavour in your mouth. The marinate complimented the beef well as it brought out its tender texture with the vegetables consisting of capsicum, onion, carrot, sugar snap peas and beans.Overall I enjoyed this dish as well as dad who helped me finished the rest.
Dad ordered the red curry of duck and without a doubt I am going to have to have this when we go, as it looked so delicious and because it is their specialty- hence the given name of the restaurant. The presentation was just beautiful with capsicum and strands of parsley carefully placed on top of the meat. I had to stop dad from eating it as I had to take numerous amounts of photos of its lovely styling. I soon put dad out of his misery and gave him the permission to eat his meal also shared with some rice. With the sounds of ‘yum.. this is delicious!’ it was clear that he really loved every mouthful as he commented that he was the ‘hungry duck’- such a comedian he is 😛 We both agreed that we would be definitely taking mum here for dinner next time as we were in our element.
While rubbing my full stomach, dad called the waiter over and with a satirical tone of voice asked for the Kaffir and Tahitian lime tart to enjoy for dessert. The tart was served and as soon as it was placed I blinked my eyes and it was all completely demolished! I think it was the fastest anyone could of eaten it in such a short amount of time. Luckily I quickly took a picture before the ‘hungry duck’ made his dessert disappear! Although it did look yummy, I thought that the presentation of the tart served with a dollop of thickened cream could have been styled much better, instead of been placed on a large green plate. As I quickly caught a glance of the middle of the filling, it looked very nice and rich seen by its bright yellow lime colour. I tried to ask him for a little description of how it tastes but the only one word explanation I got was ‘good’- he was so helpful. However he did say that the pastry of the crust was cooked to perfection but then bragged that it wasn’t as good as his homemade tarts haha.
Im so glad that dad and I had a lovely meal together to end our stay before we had to go back home. It was so nice to spend time with him for once and just sit back, relax and watch the ‘hungry duck’ eat his last supper hehe
85 Queen Street, Berry NSW 2320
Hours: Wednesday – Monday from 6pm, closed Tuesdays