Atlanta (Duluth) Budnamu Korean Report
Friday dinner – Budnamu in Duluth. Duck, stuffed with forbidden rice, pine nuts, and dried stone fruit, rapped in wet clay (I was told) and cooked in a kiln for several hours. It was accompanied by a dozen banchan, of which the more notable were white kim chee (plain looking, but quite flavorful), pickled garlic (crunchy, yet mild, amazing) and an Asian pumpkin salad (refreshing).
The duck arrived piping hot and was carved at the table by the server with scissors (traditional) and the meat placed on a separate plate. Then, the breastbone was cut lengthwise and the duck split open to reveal the steaming purple rice stuffing, glistening in the duck’s juices.
As you may have imagined the duck was not medium rare. However, it was so luscious and moist as to be a sensuous experience. Some of the skin was very crispy and some not. But, it was all good, though we chose not to eat all the skin. The rice was rich and delicious and mildly flavored compared to some of the other side dishes.
We made reservations a few days in advance and ordered the duck at that time since it takes hours to prepare. We arrived 15 minutes early because the duck is timed to be served soon after your arrival. The duck and all accompaniments was $50. Add for alcohol, tax and tip.
A great way to end a Friday and start the weekend.
We had three meals Saturday. I’ll report on those in another post.
3585 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.
Duluth, GA 30096