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Old Kingdom – AKA Duck Fest 2011

One of the items on my 30 by 30 list was to go for a duck feast with friends. For 5 years we have been talking about it and not getting around to doing it. Enough was enough. We wanted duck, and we were going to eat duck.

So on a cold Friday night we headed off for a belated birthday celebration to eat as much duck as we could handle. As we sat at the table we debated whether or not we had over ordered with 3 ducks between 6 people, but we shrugged it off and laughed in the face of any potential duck-induced coma. In fact, we were so arrogant we ordered some fried wontons and rice and greens for the table.

What amateurs! Wholly unneccesary.

It started off wonderfully with the peking duck. Crispy skinned, juicy, albeit a little oily.

Just as we were running out of duck and pancakes, a whole new duck appeared! Then another… In fact, we had so much duck that we needed more pancakes and even more sauce!

In fact, this was probably the only frustrating part of the night. We couldn’t get anyone’s attention to order more sauce and pancakes. Meanwhile we had lovely duck just sitting there going cold!

After the peking duck comes the duck stir fry with bean shoots. This is nice enough and the bean shoots are refreshing. But nothing to rave about.

Next came the soup. Oh the soup. We were all so full  by the time it appeared that half of us couldn’t even contemplate it. I personally did not like the soup as I found it really peppery and it had an odd taste. Ours was mostly left untouched.

We were all so full by the end of the evening and we felt like we wanted a shower from all the duck grease going on. But it was satisfying. Would I go back? Yes, but probably not for some time given that I still feel very full of duck!

It was actually a really well priced night, with the bill coming to just over $200 for all six of us. I recommend you go, but just for the peking duck!

Old Kingdom
197 Smith St
Fitzroy, 3065
Tel: 9417 2438


Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven

We were going to go out for breakfast on Sunday. But the boy’s only request was that he wanted ‘a really big strawberry milkshake, the kind served in a metal cup.’

This led to a disagreement about the best breakfast place for this, and so the suggestion was made to nix breakfast and head to lunch instead. At Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven.

Conveniently located not so far from our house, this outer Eastern suburbs burger joint is looking a little worse for wear, and the closed door even has you questioning if they are open!

But despite its rough appearance, they offer extremely friendly service and good, classic burgers.

We started with onion rings, because the rule is that if they are on the menu, they must be ordered! It was a good effort, nice and crunchy, although the slices of onion were a tad too thick for me.

Moving to the mains, I had the mushroom burger on a gluten free bun. My only complaint is that the bun was a little large for the burger patty, but aside from that, a good burger with just enough mushroom to not overpower the flavour.

The boy ordered the Mexicana Burger, a beef burger with lettuce, tomato, sour cream, chilli and cheese, served with chips, corn chips and guacamole. He enjoyed it very much, and made the big declaration that this place is better than Mistys Diner!

Also, he rather enjoyed his strawberry milkshake 🙂

A good place if you are wanting to eat many calories and gorge!

Captain America’s Hamburger Heaven
38 Forest Rd, Ferntree Gully, Victoria
Phone Bookings (03) 9758 0711