It was probably a very good sign that when The Writer and I arrived at Old Kingdom without a booking at 7:30 on a Friday night we were turned away. The Writer would not be deterred and while I loitered outside, peeking through the blinds to make sure money wasn't changing hands, he went in again and somehow managed to secure us a table on the condition we were out quickly.
That was all too easy at a place where you don't even need to look at the menu. As the tables around us proved there was only one thing to order here- duck. Within minutes the whole bird was proudly placed on the table and the waiter who turned us away was now happily slicing away.
No sooner did those pieces of crispy skin hit the plate then we secured them with cucumber, spring onion and sauce in our pancake wrappers.
Then it was time for round two. The succulent fleshy remains are stir fried and served with steamed rice. Add a pot of green tea and the bill came to a grand total of $55 for two. Forget Little Bourke Street, this is where you'll find the real duck action.
197 Smith Street, Fitzroy
Ph: 03 9417 2438