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ISO Fresh Duck - Whole or Parts

KraTToR Jul 19, 2011 12:23 PM

I'm holding a very special dinner party on friday for my wine club. One course is the Duck Roulade from the French Laundry. I picked up fresh Morels this AM but no luck on the duck yet. I'll be in the GTA on Thursday, any suggestions?


  1. jayt90 Jul 19, 2011 01:01 PM

    Located in Kitchener? Mennonite ducks should be available at the Kitchener or St . Jacob's farmers markets.
    In the Toronto area fresh King Cole ducks are available in Chinese markets, head and feet on. I get mine at Soon Lee.
    Cumbrae's has duck parts in shrink wrap, so they are not quite fresh.
    I have had excellent, and I mean superb, frozen duck or parts from Brome Lake Quebec, acquired at T&T markets. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for a Keller recipe.

    1636 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

    Soon Lee
    629 Markham Rd, Toronto, ON M1J, CA

    T And T Supermarket Milliken
    5661 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

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    1. re: jayt90
      KraTToR Jul 20, 2011 05:32 PM

      Thanks jayt and Jenna.
      I picked up a mennonite duck last weekend and it was aweful. Tough, torn yellowish skin...

      What can you say about the T&T on Cherry St. It will be closer to where i"m going, plus if its a bust I always have the SLM.


      Cherry St. Restaurant
      275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3, CA

      1. re: KraTToR
        jayt90 Jul 20, 2011 06:35 PM

        Not surprised. Duck is inconsistent, and farmer ducks often have to be braised. I once ordered duck in an Old Montreal restaurant, and couldn't cut it.

        'The Brome Lake duck at T&T is a consistent product, and the family run farm refuses to force feed their ducks. They should have it at Cherry St.

        1. re: jayt90
          tjr Jul 20, 2011 07:09 PM

          I've only ever seen frozen Brome Lake at T&T.

          Interestingly enough, it is one brand of duck referenced by the Larousse gastronomique. Unfortunately, as they don't force feed, the breasts can sometimes be a bit tough even when cooked perfectly, and there's not a lot of meat on them. They are priced attractively.

          Depending on the recipe, you might be looking more towards a specific breed of duck. Brome Lake ducks are of the pekin variety. You can get moulard elsewhere (eg: Cumbrae's), as well as muscovy (eg: Healthy Butcher).

          IMO, the best duck I've purchased in Toronto has been at Cumbrae's.

          The Healthy Butcher
          565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

          481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

          1. re: jayt90
            lamaranthe Jul 21, 2011 08:36 AM

            They have sen frozen whole ducks and parts at T&T on The Promenade but I don't remember seeing some fresh. They carry the Brome kind, frozen. I tried it but it was not memorable though I followed a very good recipe. The best ones to be had are in Montreal area. Look for Quebec farms. They might ship them ?

            1. re: lamaranthe
              tjr Jul 21, 2011 10:38 AM

              Lac Brome ducks are from Quebec. They are a little tough because they are Pekin and not force-fed. If you're attempting to make something with a recipe calling for a magret, well, you're not buying the right breed of duck.

              There's no point in going through the effort of shipping from Quebec farms as you can get excellent duck at many of the great butchers in the city (Cumbrae's, Healthy Butcher, Sanagan's, etc.).

              The Healthy Butcher
              565 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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        JennaBean Jul 19, 2011 02:00 PM

        I get my duck from White House Meats in SLM. Upper level middle section second to last meat stand.

        White House Meats
        2978 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

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          missmu Jul 20, 2011 06:12 PM

          I think St. Andrew's Poultry in Kensington gets its fresh ducks in on Thursday. I've seen them on Saturdays too, so the day of the week might vary or they may get the shipment more than one day a week. I'm pretty sure they slaughter them on site. Once I bought a duck there, and it was still warm.

          1. aser Jul 20, 2011 06:23 PM

            Sanagan's sometimes have duck breasts. Best to call and inquire beforehand.

            Safest and most reliable bet would be the Brook Lake ducks jayt90 referenced, a very consistent product.

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              Ender Jul 21, 2011 08:15 AM

              Sanagan's Meat Locker usually has duck available just not always in the front window. If you call them and ask they'll happily put it aside for you. His ducks are, in my opinion, some of the best in town but generally run a little leaner then what people classically expect. I love it this way but some like the gobs of fat. Good for fries for sure.

              1. elvisahmed Jul 21, 2011 11:08 AM

                Have seen some at Longos Maple Leaf Square

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                1. re: elvisahmed
                  childofthestorm Jul 21, 2011 01:29 PM

                  Yes they have fresh Brome Lake ducks, I agree with the others about the consistency of the product, and Longo's is where I go to buy.

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