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Aug 22, 2013 01:15 PM


Hello Chowhounders,

I'm looking for a place that does a great job with duck, but not Peking Duck. I live near the south eastern end of Culver City, the closer to my stomping ground, the better.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions

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  1. Always liked the duck at Spago.

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    1. re: Thor123

      Pretty sure they don't have it anymore, but WP 24 probably does.

      Bucato has a nice leg of duck

      1. re: Ciao Bob

        Actually, I believe Spago will do it off the menu. Great dish.

        1. re: Thor123

          Thor, hows the duck in the Glen Center that you mentioned a few times ???????????????

          1. re: kevin

            I like it a lot. They do Peking and Tea Smoked Duck.

        2. re: Ciao Bob

          there was a great pair of duck legs at Amuse Cafe on Main St but that's now long gone.

      2. Sun Ha Jang
        4032 W Olympic Blvd

        korean bbq duck - all sorts of fun with the duck fat too

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        1. re: jessejames

          Especially if you get the spicy variety

          1. re: jessejames

            Went there last night after seeing it in the LA Weekly's "Best of." Holy duck fat, was that good!" Got the spicy and the regular. The fried rice made in the duck fat at the end was life-changing!

            1. re: jesstifer

              Awesome. Nice pics. U need a side of stridex oxy pimple pads with that rice. Just returning from greenblatts w 2 lbs of pastrami! Well now 1 and a half.

              1. re: jessejames

                no offense, JJ, but i hit up the pastrami from Greenblatt's recently (though it was close to 130am in the morning suffice to say) but i found it to be not unctuous and super delicious and quite rubbery.

                though it's been some time i've had pastrami too.

                just saying.

                but maybe it's possible i had a bad batch.

                oh, shit, i don't want to start a pastrami war. :)

                1. re: kevin

                  No war
                  This stuff was tender and juicy as hell like it always is. Been a while since I've been there 130 am!

          2. I think you are looking for what I've been looking for. Good roast duck with crispy skin. Back east it was roast Long Island duckling with wild rice and brandy cherry sauce. Is that it? Good luck. Let me know if you find it. Maybe the Dal Rey. Not exactly Culver City.

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            1. re: Baron

              I have not had a non-Chinese duck worth a damn in LA, other than the Puck version that used to be at Spago, and that was pretty much a Chinese variant. The French/East Coast crispy 1/2 Duckling with a fruit based sauce so ubiquitous there has flown the coop here.

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Spago does still do it, but its off the menu. You need to call and request it 48 hours in advance. Its one of their classic dishes and really good. I am not a fan of the new Spago, but am of the duck!

              2. re: Baron

                Thanks, it doesn't have to be Culver City, just the closer to home the better, but I am willing to drive

                thx ng

                1. re: engie

                  I see that Taix in Echo Park has Duck L'orange with wild rice on Sat night. I think Ciao Bob is right. Roast duck is out of fashion.

                  1. re: Baron

                    Unfortunately Taix's duck is very inconsistent, and even when at the top of their form, not particularly great; my wife, who's never met a non-Asian duck prep she didn't like, sadly confirms my view. She's much happier with Beaujolais' (Eagle Rock) duck breast.

                    1. re: Baron

                      I have always enjoyed Taix's duck l'orange served with wild rice. I think it's a once a week special.
                      I disliked the roast duck I ordered at Warchava. It was fatty, rubbery and inedible.

                2. I have not been to any of these, but here's a list of LA places with duck confit on the menu..... I would call them to verify before going. Sorry it's not just crispy skinned duck, but it looks as though some have other preps like seared duck breast....

                  1. Scarpetta Beverly Hills has a wonderful Lavender Honey Glazed Duck Brest.

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                      1. re: wienermobile

                        Maybe we caught them on an off night, but we had this duck breast at Scarpetta just last week and it was the most poorly done of the dishes we ordered.

                        We ordered several appetizers, pastas, and this entree, making our own tasting menu of sorts.

                        The kitchen was kind enough to split the duck to two plates, but we both thought it strange that the breast was cut in half longitudinally instead of being sliced the shorter way.

                        This may have played into our overall enjoyment of it, because the duck seemed difficult to eat, a bit tough, and the sauce was flat-tasting - I'd liken it to teriyaki.

                        Overall the rest of the meal was very nice, but I would not order the duck there again, and I normally LOVE duck!