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Duck, Duck.....(and probably fish for me)

rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 06:08 AM

My Hubby and I want to celebrate passing the Bar this Saturday night. Favorite dish is Duck. Any suggestions for a nice duck dinner on short notice? We'll go anywhere in the city or in Cambridge.

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  1. Prav RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 06:09 AM

    King Fung, in Chinatown! Or Peach Farm in chinatown does a pretty good one as well.

    Peach Farm
    4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

    1. Bob Dobalina RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 06:13 AM

      Congrats and condolences. If you are going to be working for a white-shoe, multi-national law firm, go to Salts in Cambridge for their duck (though that is duck for two). If you are working for a small firm, Evoo has Duck, duck, goose on its menu - always well lauded on these pages. If you are working in public interest law or a non-profit, go to Dok Bua for the duck larb.

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        CreativeFoodie42 RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 13, 2009 12:10 PM

        Congratulations on passing the bar!

        I'd have to second the many other praises for EVOO. My boyfriend ordered the Duck, Duck, Goose (Duck Confit, Seared Hudson Valley Duck Foie Gras, Slices of Goose Breast, Lentils, Little Green Beans, Verrill Farm's Wilted Greens and Sherry - Ginger Sauce), which he said was really out of this world. I love duck but hate ordering the same thing when we eat so I had the Chinese Box - cheesy concept but delicious!

        Verrill Farm
        11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

      2. yumyum RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 06:15 AM

        I had the Peking duck at Peach Farm recently ... it's really really good and doesn't require ordering in advance.

        Peach Farm
        4 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

        1. opinionatedchef RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 06:36 AM

          I may be one of the few that was less than wowed by the duck at Salts. I think you might like a quiet romantic comfie spot with a varied menu, so my suggestion is for EVOO's 'Duck Duck Goose' or Gargoyle's Cashew Curry Duck w/ Coconut Rice in a Banana Leaf. Both restaurants are handsome and comfortable (not tiny and crammed like Salts) with banquette options.Their staffs are welcoming and friendly and efficient and their menus are diverse and intriguing. Parking is easy for both. Have a lovely celebration after such a long haul of hard work!

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            edgewater RE: opinionatedchef Nov 12, 2009 10:57 AM

            I also recommend Evoo's Duck, Duck, Goose.

            EVOO Restaurant
            350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

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              Parsnipity RE: opinionatedchef Nov 13, 2009 09:48 AM

              I was also less than wowed by the duck at Salts. The well-done breasts and thanksgiving turkey style of the whole meal was kind of dull. Gargoyle's duck wing drumettes are fantastic.

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              rozziegirl RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 11:58 AM

              I've heard good things about duck three ways at Rendezvous in Central Square - but haven't tried it myself.

              1. galangatron RE: rbgreen80 Nov 12, 2009 12:06 PM

                duck noodle soup at xinh xinh in chinatown
                jiang pao duck at fuloon in malden
                boneless tea smoked duck at shangri-la in belmont
                roast duck at peach farm in chinatown
                roast duck on rice at vinh sun in chinatown
                soy braised duck at best little restaurant in chinatown
                shredded duck with scallions at sake in saugus

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                  opinionatedchef RE: galangatron Nov 12, 2009 08:45 PM

                  galang , I stick by my word that Kendal l Square's Mulan has the best smoked duck in boston, hands down!
                  but plse tell me, what is that jiang pao like at fuloon? i have always wanted to try it but really like their peking duck (plain is exc.) Does the other duck have sauce made w/ plum sauce? (my hatest) What is the sauce like? Thanks.

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                    MrsCheese RE: opinionatedchef Nov 13, 2009 05:40 PM

                    Love the tea smoked duck at Mulan! And I'm not even a duck lover.

                2. lipoff RE: rbgreen80 Nov 13, 2009 09:44 AM


                  I would recommend Evoo for the acclaimed Duck, Duck, Goose.

                  I also had an incredible laquered duck breast at Clio last fall, but I would check to see whether it is currently on the menu.

                  Fuloon has absolutely wonderful duck, especially the Jiang Pao Duck. I'll attach a picture here.

                  It isn't a whole duck, but pieces of really succelent, moist meat that have been braised in a soy-based sauce for a long time. It is served with homemade, thin pancakes, slices of cucumber and scallion brushes, and several sauces. Broccoli, pineapple and the occaisonal cherry-on-top round things out. I eat the broccoli and fruit by themselves as accompaniments to mop up extra sauce, but combine everything else in the pancakes. It is the best duck dish I've ever had. Peking duck at "ya wang" in Beijing and the duck for two" at Eleven Madison Park in New York come close, but not quite. Fuloon also has many excellent whole fish (I particularly like the simple one, in ginger and scallions).

                  But make no mistake, Evoo's "Duck, Duck, Goose" is great as well, and very different.

                  EVOO Restaurant
                  350 Third Street, Cambridge, MA 02143

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                    StriperGuy RE: lipoff Nov 13, 2009 09:49 AM

                    Wow, that is high praise!

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