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Jun 27, 2006 10:54 AM

ISO: The best duck in los angeles

Really the only two places that have really stood out in my mind are Mirabelle's (its occasional a special) and sam woo bbq. So basically I don't care if its cheap or expensive, I just want amazing duck!

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  1. If you like Duck Brest served medium rare like an excellent cut of beef, like I do, then from L'Orangerie:

    Le Canard de Barbarie et la Truffe Noire $44.00 RĂ´ti en Parmentier Moderne
    Roasted Moscovi Breast of Duck, Black Truffles and Vegetable Parmentier

    I haven't been there under their current Executive Chef, so I am hoping nothing has changed much. They also have a 55 page Wine List of 25,000 bottles, 600 distinct items, and enough in the $50 area and under to help survive any financial meltdown.

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    1. re: JBC

      Further this post, La Cachette is excellent and a bit less pricey.

    2. This was a HUGE surprise to me, but I really loved the duck Nic's Martini Lounge. Ohmagod. Cooked all crispy-lovely with a cherry/liquer sauce - I mean, helLO. Really yummy.

      I was also very please with the crispy duck dish at Le Petit Bistro on Melrose.

      Mmmmm fowl.



      1. Much better than Sam Woo, Lucky Deli in Chinatown, 1 block away, across the street.

        1. If you like your duck cold, Nanjing-style, try NANJING KITCHEN in San Gabriel.

          If you want Chinese BBQ duck, my vote goes to the takeout side of MPV SEAFOOD in Alhambra.

          You want haute cuisine duck - then my vote goes to Saddle Peak Lodge (


          Of course, if you want innards then go to Patina ( and if you want your fill of foie gras before its banned for good in CA in 2008, goto La Cachette (


          Nanjing Kitchen
          706 West Las Tunas Dr.
          San Gabriel
          (626) 281-8968
          (Closed Tuesdays)

          1420 South Garfield Ave.
          (626) 289-3113

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            FYI, foie gras won't be banned until 2012. I'm wondering if Spago, Sona and the like will have blow out foie gras New Year's parties on Dec. 31 2011.

            1. re: sku

              Of course you're right on 2012 ... but doesn't it start taking effect in 2008 and then completely phases in by 2012?

              1. re: ipsedixit

                It (the total ban) might not even go into effect at all.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  Nope, the law does not go into effect until 2012, so you can eat foie and be happy until then.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Unfortuneatly, on Saddle Peak's web-menu last updated 5/31/06, it isn't available.

                1. re: JBC

                  How unforuntate, maybe Chef Murillo is saving it all for the chili ...

              3. Lu Din Gee for Beijing duck in San Gabriel

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                1. re: copacetic

                  Lu Din Gee is good, but just be warned it is not real, authenitc Peking Duck (not properly air-dried, etc.) given the health codes in LA (and throughout the U.S).