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ISO: The best duck in los angeles

havham Jun 27, 2006 10:54 AM

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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    JBC RE: havham Jun 27, 2006 01:45 PM

    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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      rommel50 RE: JBC Jun 29, 2006 01:32 AM

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

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      PoetKitty RE: havham Jun 27, 2006 05:00 PM

      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.



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        Sandra W RE: havham Jun 27, 2006 05:55 PM

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

        1. ipsedixit RE: havham Jun 27, 2006 06:23 PM

          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 (www.saddlepeaklodge.com


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


          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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            sku RE: ipsedixit Jun 27, 2006 06:34 PM

            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.

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              ipsedixit RE: sku Jun 27, 2006 06:49 PM

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

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                Jack Flash RE: ipsedixit Jun 27, 2006 07:17 PM

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

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                  ipsedixit RE: Jack Flash Jun 27, 2006 07:57 PM

                  fingers crossed ...

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                  sku RE: ipsedixit Jun 27, 2006 08:06 PM

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

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                JBC RE: ipsedixit Jun 28, 2006 05:09 PM

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

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                  ipsedixit RE: JBC Jun 28, 2006 05:28 PM

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

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                copacetic RE: havham Jun 27, 2006 11:26 PM

                Lu Din Gee for Beijing duck in San Gabriel

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                  ipsedixit RE: copacetic Jun 28, 2006 05:27 PM

                  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).

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                    monku RE: ipsedixit Jun 28, 2006 11:41 PM

                    LUN DIN GEE review by your favorite food critic.


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                  dinami RE: havham Jun 28, 2006 11:51 PM

                  The best duck I've ever had was at Spago.

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                    olsenc RE: havham Jun 28, 2006 11:58 PM

                    My wife and I were huge fans of the duck at Joss on Sunset in West Hollywood.

                    Unfortunately, last I checked they were closed. I hope this isn't permanent

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                      BabyLitigator RE: havham Jun 29, 2006 12:40 AM

                      Tea-smoked duck at Best Szechuan in Monterey Park.

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