Duck & Buvette

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So I’m going to be doing a review of a Shangri-La restaurant again after a long while, and this time, it’s for Duck & Buvette, a French restaurant that specializes in duck (obviously). Prior to our meal here at D&B, I have never really known what duck meat actually tasted like – The only time I ever get to eat it is when I’m at a fancy Chinese restaurant, in which they serve thin slices of Peking duck accompanied by spring pancakes, scallions, and sweet bean sauce. And as much as I would love to eat duck as often as I could, my parents wouldn’t allow me to do so because of the high fat content. But now, I’ll finally get the chance to acquaint myself with this fine fowl – Just prepared in a different way this time.

Aside from the aforementioned duck, D&B also specializes in pizzas, pastas, meat dishes and buvettes – These are small dishes that are meant to be eaten as an appetizer. D&B was supposed to be one of my main choices for this blog’s upcoming anniversary in October, but I guess I’m going to have to pick another restaurant for that occasion…

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We were seated outside so not a lot of interior pics here…

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Menu: Mains (Confit of pork belly with egg and rice, Veal shank and smacked corn, Eight-hour angus briskets), D&B Specials (Slow braised beef burgundy, USDA prime paleron steak), Buvette, Bites (Truffle roasted cauliflower), Cured meats (Brandade de bacalao dip, Maple candied bacon and lemon), Salads and soups (Grilled romaine salad, Grilled octopus salad), Fried and Grilled (Salsa verde lamb neck), Bakery (Wild sourdough bread basket), Sourdough Pizza, Sandwiches (Duck fat angus burger, Bikini sandwich)

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And here’s their dessert menu.

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Bistro French Onion Soup – Homemade beef broth, caramelized onions, crusty sourdough bread, and melted gruyere cheese.

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Crispy Potato Pave and Salted Duck Egg – Cubes of fried potato layers, topped with salty duck egg and crème fraiche. Not too bad, except it could use a little more salt.

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And the piece de resistance… The D&B Crispy Half Duck Confit – Half-duck confit served with whole grain mustard, red wine sauce, ratatouille duck rice, and cranberry carrot sides. Just… Look at this thing of beauty. That’s a whole duck! And like I said earlier, it’s my first time to try out this kind of duck dish, with the skin/bones and all. It pretty much tasted like chicken, except the meat was more tender and tasted much gamier. I could practically feel the cholesterol coursing through my veins as I ate this dish with the duck rice, but I didn’t really care.

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For dessert, we had the Nutella Waffle – With almonds, whipped cream, and chocolate chips. Mmmm, mmmm, mmmmmm. D&B’s Liege waffles are all made from fermented dough, French butter, and pearl sugar. This went really well with our drinks: The Brazilian Black Cat Analog coffee and Masala Chai Tea Latte from Intelligentsia coffee, a famous coffee shop franchise from Los Angeles.

I feel like this was such a refreshing change from the other restaurants that I’ve been to for the past couple of weeks. I never in my entire life even thought that I’d get the opportunity to try fried duck (I really want to thank our waiter for the recommendation)! Maybe I could visit a restaurant that serves a whole turkey next time? Hehe. Anyway, I’m sorta glad that we went all out on this meal… Everything was a bit expensive, yes, but it’s totally worth it.

Ambiance/Interior: 5/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 5/5 (taste), 5/5 (presentation)

Duck & Buvette is located at 2/F Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Main Wing, Shaw Blvd Wack Wack, Mandaluyong. Tel no: (02) 631-0675. Links: Facebook || IG: @duckbuvette.


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