The Duck King, Grand Indonesia

Q: Did you hear about the duck with a drug problem?
A: He was a quackhead

Peking duck has long been a favorite of mine, and while I tend to wolf it down at extravagant marriage receptions held in Jakarta, I don’t often get to eat it in restaurants. This is basically because I seldom visit Chinese restaurants, instead preferring the cheaper Chinese “street food” – stuff like kwetiau goreng etc – in places like Mangga Besar (I won’t mention that area’s other attractions!).

The Duck King

Peking duck has a rich history. It originates from Beijing - surprise surprise (but is never referred to as Beijing duck!) and has been prepared since the imperial era. So what’s good for the royals is good for the gander: and a table at the Duck King in Jakarta’s monstrous Grand Indonesia shopping mall - it seems to be about as large as Switzerland - was booked for seven o clock on a Saturday night.

As Jakarta restaurants go, this one falls into the mid-upper category. It’s classy, bright, spacious and modern. It was also packed – a very good sign.

I’ll cut to the chase and say the quality of the food here is very good. This is not just another flash Jakarta restaurant without substance – they do actually deliver on the quality of the food they serve here.

Besides the Beijing Peking duck (which was excellent), the menu also features a very impressive selection of vegetable side dishes – like kangkung (spinach), buncis (green beans), bayam (amaranthus), etc – cooked in various ways. It’s obvious that quality, fresh ingredients are used as the taste is much better than you would find in a cheaper restaurant.

Prices at the Duck King range from the mid to upper end. If you choose carefully, the damage for a meal for two could be in the region of Rp500k. Select some of the more esoteric dishes, however, and your credit card will be given a sterner stress test.

All in all, this is a great restaurant with really good food – although romantic couples might want to stay away (please do: nothing worse than having an amorous couple all over each other at a nearby table while you’re trying to enjoy your meal!).

The Duck King

The Duck King

The Duck King
Grand Indonesia
Lt. III Unit GD 1 - 17
Jl. MH. Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta Selatan

Telp (021) 2358 0835/ 45


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