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engie 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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    Thor123 RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 01:36 PM

    Always liked the duck at Spago.

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      Ciao Bob RE: Thor123 Aug 22, 2013 02:56 PM

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

      Bucato has a nice leg of duck

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      jessejames RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 02:45 PM

      Sun Ha Jang
      4032 W Olympic Blvd

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

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        TripleAxel RE: jessejames Sep 4, 2013 02:03 PM

        Especially if you get the spicy variety

      2. Baron RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 03:00 PM

        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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          Ciao Bob RE: Baron Aug 22, 2013 03:15 PM

          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.

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            Thor123 RE: Ciao Bob Aug 22, 2013 03:23 PM

            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!

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            engie RE: Baron Aug 22, 2013 03:23 PM

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

            thx ng

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              Baron RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 04:09 PM

              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.

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                silverlakebodhisattva RE: Baron Aug 23, 2013 02:12 PM

                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.

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                  cujo RE: Baron Sep 4, 2013 12:05 PM

                  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.

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 03:29 PM

              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. wienermobile RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 03:36 PM

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

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: wienermobile Aug 22, 2013 05:11 PM


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                    TracyS RE: wienermobile Aug 23, 2013 02:53 PM

                    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!

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                    Thor123 RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 03:56 PM

                    Hinoki and The Bird has duck. Have not tried it.

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                      ipsedixit RE: Thor123 Aug 22, 2013 04:15 PM

                      The duck is not one of their better offerings. It's just sort of a breast of duck, grilled. Sitting there.

                      You would probably think it was something Craig's prepared.


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                        Thor123 RE: ipsedixit Aug 22, 2013 04:21 PM


                    2. Baron RE: engie Aug 22, 2013 04:42 PM

                      The Dal Rae in Pico Rivera has Roast duck L'Orange it on their menu.

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                        New Trial RE: engie Aug 23, 2013 12:50 AM

                        Warszawa on Lincoln in Santa Monica serves duck and it is very good.


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                          Baron RE: New Trial Aug 23, 2013 07:00 AM

                          Thanks Counselor. I've been wanting to try this place for years.
                          It's been around for ever. Were you there recently? And can you tell us more about Warszawa? Thanks.

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                            Will Owen RE: Baron Aug 23, 2013 01:03 PM

                            A bunch of us tried both Polka (in or next to south Glendale) and Warszawa some years ago; the former presented the foods of those who worked the fields and foraged in the forests, while the latter offered foods of those who owned the fields and forests. Lots of mushrooms and pickles and root vegetables, pork at Polka; wild boar, beef, fish and venison at Warszawa. Potatoes everywhere. We ate a lot of the small dishes with drinks at Warszawa, and then had entrées, and swapped bites. At this distance I don't remember exactly what mine was but it was delicious. I do remember having bacon-wrapped prunes with my vodka!

                            None of us eats quite like that any more, can't really afford it, and dinner in SM when your bed's in Pasadena isn't our bag anymore, but if the opportunity presented itself I'd be there in a minute. I'll add that it's also a very welcoming place, despite the rather formal look.

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                              kevin RE: Will Owen Aug 23, 2013 01:12 PM

                              This reminds me: how is Polka in Eagle Rock, or is it the glendale corridor ????

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                                Will Owen RE: kevin Aug 23, 2013 04:58 PM

                                It's on Verdugo at York, as I recall. It's been years since we were there last, but we have been I think three times. I liked it because it's not German, but close enough to my own Soul Food plus mushrooms! Mrs. O and our Asian buddies liked it okay, but complained that most of the food came in was shades of brown or white, except for the occasional carrot and of course the salad. It's friendly, a little difficult to navigate because the tables are really packed in there; it feels like some turned his living room into a restaurant. No alcohol at all, I think. Google it and see if it's still there - I seem to recall they had an online menu, but I remember lots of things that never happened.

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                                Baron RE: Will Owen Aug 23, 2013 01:25 PM

                                Thanks Will. Sounds like this place serves some hearty food and works well when the weather cools off and I rave something that "sticks to the ribs." I just went to their website and the picture of the roast duck sure looks good. Will give it a try. :)

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                                  TripleAxel RE: Baron Sep 4, 2013 02:07 PM

                                  Food is still good. Although the original couple who opened Polka have long since relocated back to Poland, their nephew is the current owner and is doing his best to maintain the integrity of the food...

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                                  scottarock RE: Will Owen Sep 4, 2013 02:06 PM

                                  I'm intimately familiar with Warszawa - lifelong customer. Were you saying you had wild boar and venison there? I know they don't offer those on the menu, unless were they offered as specials? Curious. Thx

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                                  New Trial RE: Baron Aug 24, 2013 02:16 AM

                                  I'm not there too often--last visit was about six months ago-- but really lovely people and delicious food. In addition to the duck, the bigos (hunter's stew) is very good as are the pierogis, the bacon-wrapped prunes and the lamb dumplings. The paprikash was fine but a little too refined. I have only had the schnitzel there once and found it too dry even with a generous squeeze of lemon.

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                                    Baron RE: New Trial Aug 24, 2013 07:43 AM

                                    Thanks again. If Warszawa's duck is like that pictured on their website, I should very happy.

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                                    whatsfordinner RE: Baron Aug 24, 2013 03:01 PM

                                    I was there last night for the first time in years and had the duck. The skin was crispy and delicious, but the "white meat" was just a tad, I mean really just a tad, on the dry side, but still very good.

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                                  Barbara Ladden RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 11:01 AM

                                  Beer Belly at 5th and Western, Los Angeles.
                                  Duck fries are spectacular. Duck Dip is spectacular. Duck everything and everything else on the menu is just great.

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                                    Butter Fight RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 12:50 PM

                                    Dha Rae Ok on Western serves a slow roasted duck that is stuffed with rice, dried fruit, and other things. The meat is juicy and incredibly tender.

                                    You have to order it a day in advance because I think it takes them hours to cook it.

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                                      paul Glasgall RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 01:14 PM

                                      Try Osteria Mozza for some fabulous Roast Duck

                                      1. barryc RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 04:35 PM

                                        maybe papille's in hollywood?

                                        1. Will Owen RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 06:11 PM

                                          Just for grins I looked on Taix's menu, and it's the Saturday special @ $19.95, Duck à l'Orange with wild rice.

                                          Le Petit Café in SM used to have a very good duck confit on their lunch menu - $14 I think it was. Hasn't been offered the last couple of times I was there. And then of course there was the fabulous two-legs-with-frites at the late lamented St. Amour, utterly perfect and well worth the $18 or $24, can't remember which and don't care. Still in mourning.

                                          1. TripleAxel RE: engie Sep 4, 2013 11:04 PM

                                            Gjelina has a Duck Leg Confit


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