For a leisurely lunch in the city, we were invited to try the amazing eats at Grand Duk, a wonderful fusion Vietnamese-French restaurant near Wynyard!
We started our meal with a chai latte and green juice. Grand Duk creates its own chai blend especially for the restaurant, and the spices and flavours really shone through! It’s served in a cute teapot, which we loved! The juice was light and refreshing, and a great healthy option on the menu as well.
To finish off our meal, I grabbed a Viet-Foggato, which is a take on the modern day affogato using black Vietnamese coffee, brewed how the locals like it! It had a generous scoop of sweet vanilla bean ice-cream, and while I’m normally not a coffee lover, this may have ignited my love for the drink.
We had a few dishes to share, and picked the ginger salmon, the salt and pepper squid, the peking duck burger with duck fat chips, and an assortment of rice paper rolls. The salt and pepper squid came with a papaya salad, which was tangy and slightly spicy, and went perfectly with the nicely grilled and well seasoned bite sized pieces of squid – a great starter to any meal!
Grand Duk’s speciality, as the name suggests, is duck, and this is definitely reflected in their dishes. The chef and owner spent a while trialling different menu and dish combinations before formulating the new menu, and this care and attention to detail definitely shows in their dishes.
We next tried a bit of the ginger salmon, which was so tender and well flavoured with a duck pho broth, which was a unique experience! It was an amazing fish, and had such strong aromas – it’s also the perfect portion for sharing with others.
We then moved on to the Peking Duck burger, which was a nice, compact dish, but the real star on the plate was the Duck Fat Chips! I can’t even describe how incredible these were – they had such a great crunch and coating to them, but were soft and fluffy on the inside, and I kept reaching for more and more! This is a must order side at Grand Duk, and they’d be a great on-the-go snack as well.
Finally, we had the rice paper rolls, which are freshly made to order, and were nicely garnished with mint to add another element of freshness. They even have a tofu option for vegetarians, and our host Amy even suggested that these could make a great healthy breakfast option, which we definitely agreed with!
Grand Duk is a little tricky to find, but look for all of the construction work near Grosvenor Place and you’ll eventually locate it. The restaurant has a lovely open-air concept, with large round booth tables perfect for groups, and smaller cafe-style tables as well. The staff were very attentive and we had a lovely and welcoming experience.
It was especially great to hear Amy’s stories about the concept behind her food, and her plans to bring more Vietnamese and traditional food onto the menu, and even eventually open at night for a dinner offering as well!
For some unique cuisine that takes you to the streets of Paris and Vietnam almost simultaneously, look no further than Grand Duk! Especially for those working in the Wynyard area, their amazing hospitality and attention to detail has led to a menu with each dish being more incredible than the last – and be sure to order a serve of the duck fat chips!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Grand Duk. Thanks so much to Amy for the invite!