When it comes to finding an asian restaurant I am quite picky. If I were to order a takeaway, asian would not be my first choice as i'd rather an Indian. I normally find asian quite greasy and more often than not end up feeling quite sicky. So as you can appreciate if i'm to go out for an asian meal it needs to be somewhere quite special.
For me to have visited The Crispy Duck twice in a couple of months is a testament to how wonderful it really is. Firstly the staff and the manager himself Mr Lee are very friendly. Mr Lee is happy to talk to you about the dishes and his inspiration for the menu. The service is always very efficient.
The restaurant itself is very basic but this does not detract from anything. I particularly like the plates that the food are served on as it all adds to the authenticity of the cuisine.
The pan-asian menu is very extensive and features the best dishes from China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. You can view the menu on their website http://www.thecrispyduck.co.uk If you are stuck on what to choose ask the staff for advice as they are happy to offer it. Both times that we have visited we have just had a large selection of starters and mains and have all shared. I think in a restaurant like this that is the best way to get a good feel for the menu.
Some of the starters included aromatic crispy duck, chicken karaage, soft shell crab karaage, harumaki and king prawn tempura. The crispy duck is served already wrapped up which I quite liked. The prawn tempura is really tasty when dipped in the sauces that come with it.
This time around I only ate my main because it tastes so good I didn't want to share it! I had the Malaysian chicken curry which is cooked with potato, coconut milk and curry leaves. I'm salivating just writing about it. It's got a beautiful fruity taste to it but with a kick of spice. I'm a huge fan of potato in a curry so for me this dish ticks all the boxes. We ordered a selection of rices dishes to accompany the mains which are all served in quite large portions.
Overall, I am in love with this place. The pricing is very reasonable for what you get and the food is absolutely delicious. Next time I go I will write a much longer review instead of this brief one and actually photograph and write about all the dishes. For now you will just have to take my word for it on how tasty it all is.
Have you been to this restaurant before? What asian cuisines are your favourite?
Love Kerry x