Friday, July 30, 2010

Duck Duck Goose


A few photos from the launch of Duck Duck Goose which I attended recently...

Duck Duck Goose
31-37 Artemis Lane
QV, Melbourne
Vic 3000
(03) 9005-0888
Website

Duck Duck Goose is a new bar and restaurant in QV, combining French and Chinese influences into one enormous restaurant and bar.

Upon entering, I was most impressed by the archways and gorgeous bar and lounge area. Its size and location would make it an obvious choice for Friday night drinks.




As I mentioned, Duck Duck Goose is absolutely massive, with seating room for at least 200. Beyond the bar and lounge area is seating for fine dining, as well as some private dining rooms.


From the private dining areas, you can see into the open kitchen. Personally, I find it so interesting to have a glimpse into commercial kitchens, especially for an operation the size of Duck Duck Goose!

Chefs taking pictures of their food. I'm not the only one!!!!!!!!!

There were many canapés on offer, with a focus on beef and seafood. There seemed to be varying cultural influences on the food, from European to Asian, which I'm sure will be represented in the regular menu.

Top left: Roast pork and vegetable skewers
Top right: Spicy risotto
Bottom left: Chef
Bottom right: Deep-fried crab balls

Other canapés included various dumplings, wagyu beef with apple, mashed potato with fish, beef jelly, pickled cucumber and more. The stronger dishes were definitely the deep-fried ones!

On the other side of the restaurant is a slightly more casual section, where I believe they will be serving yum cha and quick meals.


In the throng of people, we managed to run into a few food bloggers, and we also happened to meet Chef Paul Wilson (My only visit to The Botanical was after he left as chef, unfortunately!)

Look how happy Thanh is!

Ling, Chef Paul Wilson and myself - photo courtesy of Thanh

Thanks to all involved for a fun night!

Sarah and Sandra attended the launch party as guests of Duck Duck Goose.

Duck Duck Goose on Urbanspoon

6 comments:

Esz said...

Ah so this place is open now? The bf and I have walked past many times wondering when it will be ready for customers - such a huge space! Keen on trying it out :-D

Cherry Blossom Cupcakes said...

Such gorgeous photos! Ps. I have a foodie crush on Paul Wilson... I love his food !!!

penny aka jeroxie said...

AR.. I shall check out the cheaper options first.. if it is good, then maybe worth exploring the rest.

thanh7580 said...

I do look happy don't I. It was a fun night, and it was great talking to Paul Wilson, I have a foodie crush on him too haha.

Anonymous said...

We ate there a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that we both hated it. Everything was out of balance and often just too weird. Don't get me wrong, I don't find Vue de Monde's food too weird, but this was. The room is pretty uncomfortable too - apparently some feng shu master had a hand in it, but it felt very awkward. The wine list is very impressive, but at the prices we just drank by the glass and had a better bottle when we got home. I might try the cheaper side some time, but it will be a long time before I willingly go back to the fine dining side.

Sarah said...

Hi Anon, Interesting comments. I haven't been to dine at DDG yet, and from what I've heard from my friends, the canapes we tried that night were very different from the menu in the fine-dining section. My friend said it was very "iron-chef", lol, lots of truffle and foie gras.

xox Sarah