This was my first visit to Blue Duck Tavern. It was well rated, and I wanted somewhere nice to take my dining companion for his birthday. We were in suits, not knowing what to expect, but the clientele were wearing anything from suits to jeans and pullovers.
I started off with a Blood Orange Martini: order it, it is fantastic! For my appetizer, I ordered the tuna tartar and it too was delicious. My companion ordered the daily special: nettle soup. Being British, he likes eating nettles in the spring and finds them delicious. He said that the soup didn’t taste of nettles at all but rather like cream of potato soup.
For our main dishes, I had the 12-hour roasted suckling pig. Once again, I scored the best dish. The crispy skin and the fork-tender meat melted in my mouth. My companion had fluke cooked in a tempura batter. He said that the fish was tasty but that it must have been sitting around waiting for my dish to be cooked because the fish had steamed the batter which had become soggy. We shared a side dish of brussels sprouts with bacon, pecans, cranberries, and preserved lemon. This vegetable dish was very good.
For dessert, I had the pumpkin crème brûlée. Not surprisingly, it tasted like pumpkin pie (which I love) but with the crispy shell of a brûlée and was covered with toasted pepitas. My companion ordered the chocolate orange cake. He thought that the cake was over cooked but the candied kumquats were an amazingly delicious touch.
Our server, Zack, was great. I have dietary restrictions due to an allergy, and he made it easy for me to choose pretty much what I wanted from the menu.
I’d certainly go back to Blue Duck Tavern again but wouldn’t rush back due to the hit and miss experience that we had.
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