Raleigh >Food & Dining > Duck & Dumpling
222 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.777269 -78.636731
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. CLOSED
REALLY, REALLY GOOD! – The food here is outstanding, I have eaten here a number of times and never hesitate to go back. I can't say enough about the fried rice.
The last time we went we had a large table and ordered a lot of different dishes. All were delicous.
Drink specials were a little weird though, can't remember what they were but I think one had an egg in gin or vodka, can't speak to how it tasted though..I took a pass on that one :)
First Time Diner and will be going back – My husband and I decided to try this restaurant for the first time tonight and had a great experience. It was busy so I was surprised that we were seated right away (we did get there early 6:30 PM). All of the employees were friendly, from the hostess, water refiller, door opener and waitress. The food was great, the value was very good, the dessert (chocolate cheesecake was excellent). We will definitely being going back!! I got the Beef Curry, my husband got the Ginger Duck and we got the Pork and Shrimp wontons. It was all very good.
Perfect for lunch – I ordered off the Price Fixe Menu for lunch - $12 for choice of appetizer, entree, and dessert. I had the salad which was bigger than i expected and their ginger dressing was creamier than i was used to, but very good. I chose the Tofu and Broccoli entree. The broccoli were cooked perfect - bright green and crunchy - they must have been steamed. And the tofu was placed in the middle. It was steaming hot with a crispy outside and thick delicious sauce. With the scoop of ice cream, it was just enough to satisfy me without weighing me down the rest of the day. My service was great - ask for Sean. I can't speak for the dinner portions as other reviewers had, but my meal size and quality was well worth $12.
I wish I could give the Duck 10 stars! – I could eat at the Duck and Dumpling every day and be happy! I think I've tried almost everything on the menu and have found nothing disappointing! The Diver Sea Scallops in ginger sauce on Chef David's winter menu may be the best dish I've ever had, EVER.
I have read other reviewers complain about the size of the portions and it is true that the small plate offerings are small. That is why they are called "small plates." The large plate entrees are enough for one diner, but they are certainly not piled as high as one might dish it up at a strip mall chinese buffet. More importantly, the quality of the food at the Duck is exquisite! This is Asian food at its finest!
In addition, I need to comment on the other things that make the Duck such an outstanding dining experience. The decor and ambience are delightful. The wait staff is attentive and friendly without hovering or talking incessively. Almost every time I've eaten there, Chef David Mao has come out of the kitchen to greet diners, giving our meal a very personalized feeling. And to top dinner off, the Webbed-Foot coffee drink is absolute perfection! (Organic, fair-trade coffee with Amaretto, Baileys, and Godiva Dark. Yum!)
My recommendation for best-ever meal: Start a with a Ginger Lemon Drop or Asian Pear martini. Or ask what seasonal or fresh fruit martinis they are serving. For your appetizer, I recommend the Hot & Sour soup and Chef David's Signature Half-fried Dumplings. (The papaya salad and the basil shrimp wonton are also great.) Order a Dark & Stormy (rum and ginger) cocktail with your entree, which you should hope and pray that the Diver's Sea Scallops with Ginger Sauce is on the menu; if not, Steamed Sea Bass with Baby Bok Choy & Shiitake Mushrooms, the Filet Mignon Chinois with Seaweed Salad, or the Thai Basil Shrimp are all absolutely heaven-in-the-mouth delicious! If you are having lunch at the Duck, start with the spring rolls or summer rolls and mixed greens salad; try any of Chef David's luncheon specials or treat yourself to his moo shu duck. For dessert, the Spiced Asian Pear with ginger ice cream is a treat unlike anything you've had anywhere else and must be tried before anything else. If everyone in your party is ordering dessert for all to share (a highly recommended practice!) put the key lime pie and the tiramisu on the list along with something chocolate. And the Duck is a chocoholic's delight. The chocolate souffle, the triple chocolate cheesecake and the chocolate bundt cake are all wonderful; but the Chocolate Pyramid filled with white chocolate ganache is simply to-die-for, above all other chocolate on the menu. Enjoy that with a Chocolate Satin or Milky Way martini before you finish off your meal with a dessert coffee (the Webbed-Foot and the Downtown recommended).
I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. I would put Chef David up against any "top chef" anywhere!
Still hungry after spending $130+ – The food was good, but I am still hungry even after spending over $130 for 3 people. The portion sizes were very small on the appetizers as well as entrees. The entree called Lion's Head was very misleading. It was supposed to be ground pork wrapped around diver sea scallops. Well, there was ONE scallop on this entree, and it was small and overcooked-- not what I expected for $22. There was a dessert called Chocolate Souffle. It was NOT a souffle at all. Instead, it was a small brownie, heated in the microwave with chocolate syrup over it -- again, not what I expected for $6. What a disappointment. I won't be returning to this restaurant.
Best Dumplings in the world!!! – I have never liked dumplings. I even lived near Cinatown in NYC but I just didn't like them. But a friend took me to Duck and Dumpling the other night and we had their pork dumplings and I have seen the light!!!
So much flavor. Our server said the chef hand rolls them all. You must try these when you go. The place even reminds me of some hippy-chic urban restaurant. The decor feels like a night on the town. We also had hummus made from edamame. Our entrees included sea bass with a citrusy-soy sauce, honey ginger scallops, and their fried rice with shrimp and Chinese sausage(yum). The watermelon martini was perfect and the wine list was varied and reasonable. Our server was friendly and everyone was happy. Thank goodness for a staff that cares. Did not get dessert, but the list was interesting. The chef even came out to check on us. Nice touch, chef! Thank you for this unique spot in downtown Raleigh. Try it yourself.
Authentc fusion of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine – The Duck & Dumpling is a favorite stop on the Raleigh Food Tour. Not only is the presentation delicious to the eye, the handmade dumplings are scrumptious. The attention to detail at this restaurant sets it apart from the ordinary. The dinners are a fabulous fusion of flavor and never disappoint. Try the succulent tenderloin tips or seafood medley. The fresh flavors of ginger or lemongrass soar. This is the real thing!
Dump the Duck – My wife and I had heard that this place was a great dinning experience. Let me tell you just how "great" it wasn't; we were not very hungry so we stopped in to grab a drink and a couple of appetizers. If the bartender could have fit one more ice cube in my glass it would have officially been the first frozen gin & tonic. We ordered two different appetizers, the eggplant dish (8.50) and the spring wrap (6.00). The eggplant dish was composed of three small slices of eggplant with a shrimp puree on it. If we were runway models this would have been something we needed a doggie bag for. The bartender brought our spring rolls out about ten minutes later after she said that she would go back to the kitchen to see where they were. After being extremely dissapointed with the eggplant, we actually got a little excited with the delay thinking she would appear with a plate of six to eight spring wraps. NOT! They brought out a plate with two, yes two spring rolls on it. We could see why it took an extra ten minutes to prepare that. It's a possibility that dinners could be much better here but if they are anything like the anorexic food we were served, you had better have a back up plan. We spent $32 plus tip for something that cost the restaurant about $2, boy are we in the wrong business!
The Way It Should Be! – I ate at The Duck and Dumpling for the first time, after wanting to eat there for years. I am so glad I did. As I ate my first bite of food, I realized the low quality of other Asian food I had eaten in the past. Each dish I ate was creative, light, and full of flavor. This is the way all Asian food should taste. The restaurant itself is trendy and chic, and the service was good. Everyone was very friendly. I will definitely return.
Loved it...as always! – I have been seeing some negative reviews about "The Duck" and just wanted to put out there that my husband and I very happily frequent this restaurant. I love almost everything ( I am allergic to shellfish) that Chef Mao puts on my plate and "The Duck" reminds me of being in New York. I am always happy with the service, quality of food and the attention to detail. If you haven't been, you should DEFINATELY try it!!
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