Simon's Peiking Duck Restaurant

197B Middleborough Road, Box Hill South, VIC

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Crispy golden, crisp-skinned Peking duck.
Crispy golden, crisp-skinned Peking duck. Photo: Eddie Jim

Larissa Dubecki

WHERE AND WHAT

Peking duck. Two words that go together like horse and carriage - nowhere in Melbourne more so than this Box Hill shop where Simon Lay, aka the ''duck Nazi'', who made his reputation at Collingwood's Old Kingdom, set up shop in 2010. The duck is fabulous, which is why it's necessary to book ahead. Some other things to note: it's cash only, and the paper napkins are inadequate for the job, so don't wear that all-white outfit. As for the extra ''I'' in Peiking, you ask? Well, Lay's a quirky guy.

WHERE TO SIT

Who needs views when there is roast duck?
Who needs views when there is roast duck? Photo: Eddie Jim

The functional, maroon-and-gold-dominated corner shop bookending a Middleborough Road shopping strip doesn't have views to speak of, unless you count the office buildings across the road - but who needs views when there is roast duck of such beauty to stare at?

DRINK

The wine list is short and functional, or you can BYO (wine or beer) for $2 corkage a person.

The crepe-makers run hot at Simon's Peiking Duck Restaurant.
The crepe-makers run hot at Simon's Peiking Duck Restaurant. Photo: Eddie Jim

EAT

Peking duck at Simon's is like a conventional meal in reverse. It begins with the main act - golden, crisp-skinned swatches of duck cooked in a process too convoluted to describe here, save that it involves pumping air under the skin to separate it from the meat, and hanging it for six hours before roasting. Another plate is laden with sticks of cucumber and spring onion, and a pile of pancakes that are so thin it's a wonder they don't disintegrate with the application of hoisin sauce (they don't). And hey presto: one of Melbourne's finest iterations of Beijing's imperial duck. Second course depends on whether you choose the $55 or $63 duck banquet - the former involves stir-fried duck and beanshoots, the latter (recommended) option is a restorative dish of duck meat tossed with the house-made noodles, shiitakes and textural slivers of bamboo in a nicely judged broth.

Finally, the rest of the carcass is added to a light soup with silken tofu, ginger and greens. It's just got to be good for you. Each duck will feed between two and three people, and if Peking duck's not your thing, there's also a pretty standard menu of Aussie-Chinese classics. But why would you?

WHO'S THERE

Chinese faces, mostly - couples and big family groups.

WHY BOTHER?

A specialty experience for one of the world's great dishes.

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197B Middleborough Road, Box Hill South, VIC

  • 03 9898 5944
  • Cuisine - Chinese
  • Opening Hours - Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 5pm-10.30pm; Friday and Saturday, 5pm-11.30pm; Tuesday to Friday, noon-2.30pm
  • Author - Larissa Dubecki
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4 comments so far

  • Simon's Peiking duck is a disappointment. The signature dish, the Peiking duck was dry and oily, like deep fried. Simon does the duck in two styles, the second one very dry and salty. The duck was not brought out to the table and cut up as show, a touch we would have liked as you can see the duck before it appears on the plate.Duck 3 ways uses the best meat and skin for pancake wrap. some meat with bean shoots and noodles and the bones for either a soup or pick the carcase. For >$60 a duck lacking crispness and gloss too much. The other Chinese dishes are very poor, don't bother. Happy Cook in Nunawading is better for duck. Many people comment that it is better than in Beijing but the tourist restaurants processing ducks for the bus loads don't do duck well at all. Rather like Simon's.
    Sydney has several restaurants that make beautiful Beijing Duck and you can get it 3 ways for about $50 at some.

    Commenter
    Quantum of Solace
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    April 20, 2013, 10:23AM
  • The issue I have with this place is that once you get the excellent first course of Peking Duck out of the way, I enjoy each of the remaining two courses less and less. I find the duck noodles quite bland and the soup bordering on "yuck" to use the technical term. This is possibly more a reflection on me than the restaurant.. but next time I go there (and I will), I'll most likely get the duck and other dishes that don't form part of the banquet.

    Commenter
    BP
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    April 20, 2013, 7:22PM
  • "Peiking" OR "Peking"? I hope their cooking is better than their spelling.

    Commenter
    rrr
    Location
    Date and time
    April 20, 2013, 7:31PM
  • The rise in the number of cash only in many hospitality outlets is a puzzle. Why so asks the taxman?

    Commenter
    whycashonly
    Location
    collingwood
    Date and time
    April 21, 2013, 8:55PM

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