What the duck? Holy Duck in Chippendale!


Well aren’t we lucky ducklings? There are not many times we recommend you to dine alone, but this place may just bring out the ugly duckling in you. Yes, sharing is caring but who wants to share crispy duck especially when a new dinner menu hits the streets for the first time.

One of our Kensington street favourites, Holy Duck has dialed it up another notch thanks to trendsetting chef Neo Ni (ex Billy Wong and Lotus Dumpling Bar) and Daniel Hu, (Singapore’s Le Saint Julien) whose creativity and execution delivers dishes which would be three times the price for this standard – its quackers!

You can’t miss the light bulb installation ‘HOLY DUCK!’ sign nor the impressive street scene mural with cartoon white geese wandering the streets.  The open plan front prep doubles as a culinary art gallery thanks to the rows of hanging roast ducks.

Start with steamed duck and pork dumplings – a bowl of delicate flavours doused in a perfectly balanced Shanghainese sauce of black vinegar, soy sauce, chili and sesame oil. Crispy rice balls are new take on arancini and all the better for it. Devilish spheres are crispy on the outside with an unctuous sticky rice centre. Topped with a citrus herb salad, walnuts, edible flowers and drizzled with a caramel sauce – its unmissable but easily overlooked on the menu.

Next, is the reason you are here: DUCK! If you can’t decide between roast duck or crispy duck, let us make up your minds; go ‘Crispy’. Six hours of steaming, its then deep fried and served at your table by your waiter who uses two forks to break through the crispy skin to leave you to the fun part – creating a duck pancake masterpiece.


Twelve pieces of roast pork belly has the best crispy crackling you’ll find in Sydney. Simply dunk in Pommery mustard sauce and it’s the perfect poppable morsel. Delicate salt and pepper egg and spinach tofu is handmade. Add a serve of delicious Holy Duck fried rice  asparagus with mustard seeds and this is one food coma you never want to wake up from.

You may have gracefully glided into this spot like a swan but we are pretty sure you will be converted until a happy waddler. Yes we are lucky ducks indeed.

Holy Duck
The Old Rum Store
2-10 Kensington Street

About the author

Karen’s corporate job includes an enviable task of entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (hot running water in bathrooms please).


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