What The Duck is located at Nagore Square in Nagore Road, between Hutton Lane and Burmah Road. It is an alternative precinct for food and beverage choices all within a short walking distance - Jalan Bawash, Jalan Nagore and Jalan Hutton. "Jalan" is a Malay word for "Road".
If you have enough feasting on Penang's famous street food and looking for an alternative place to eat. Look no further. "What The Duck" is the place.
My partner and I tried to come here on our last visit to Penang in March 2017. We wanted some place special on our last night stay in Penang. We asked Google and TripAdvisor. After a lengthy search, we decided on What The Duck. We caught an Uber to Nagore Square. On arrival, we looked for the restaurant which wasn't hard to find. It is in a row of beautifully restored terrace houses. It was closed. Our mistake. Next time we should check the opening hours before heading to a restaurant. A slight disappointment. But Penang city is small and easy to walk. We walked along Hutton Road towards Campbell Street and found another restaurant, called GOMO, a fusion Japanese. I have reviewed this restaurant as well on another post.
Coming back to What The Duck. As a very determine person when it comes to food, I have decided to book What The Duck on this recent trip in June. Remembering that it is closed on a Wednesday, I booked a Tuesday night to dine with my cousin and his wife. I called the restaurant and booked a table for 3 of us. It was a straight forward process. Friendly and courteous over the phone, like most restaurant when taking a booking. The booking was for 8 PM.
I arrived at Nagore Square half an hour earlier to check out the precinct as it was getting dark. Lovely with all the lights projecting on the character terraces. However, I am not sure about some of the brightly lit signage on the shophouses. They ruin the beautiful facade of the buildings. I don't believe there is any council regulation on what could be placed as a signage on the facade of a building here. You can see them everywhere dotted around the city even in the UNESCO heritage zoned precinct.
On a Tuesday night, What The Duck was doing very well and all tables were taken inside the restaurant. This was a good sign. My cousin and I ordered their set dinner menu that came with a choice of salad entree, a soup of the day, a choice of main and a choice of dessert and drink. The price varies depending on the main course. My cousin's wife opted for a Duck Confit main and a Honey Lemon cold drink.
We didn't have to wait long before our first course arrived - walnut salad. Fresh and delicious. Next was a creamy soup with a slice of toast on top. Warm and hearty. Not too creamy and rich. Just right. Main I had Duck Confit and my cousin chose the Bek Bek Pasta. I believed the Duck Confit is one of their signature dish. The skin was nice and crispy. The meat was tender and not too dry. My cousin either being polite or being geniune to me said his pasta was delicioius but very spicy. He was perspiring. He asked that he didn't want his pasta spicy. So if that was meant to be mild, I wonder what spicy would be like. I should have tasted it so I know. The dessert of 2 small slices of mud cake and chocolate mousse were just nice and right for the size. Otherwise, I would not be able to finish them.
We all agreed that we enjoyed our meal and that each of the dishes was well presented and well executed by the chef. The service was attentive and not too intrusive. The total price came to $108.70 Ringgits, an equivalent of $33.50 AUD. That was an awesome treat for a nice dinner out in a cute little restaurant.
Highly recommended for those that have enough of Penang street food and have that extra cash to splash for a good meal in a cosy ambiance.
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