A popular restaurant and bar overlooking Civic Park, The Pickled Duck is a must for the penny-pinching university student. Located just across the road from Westfield’s Tea Tree Plaza shopping centre, The Duck is one of the area’s newest family-friendly foody attractions in Modbury.
Open from 9am on weekends and 9:30am Monday to Friday, it is already a popular venue for casual dining or small informal functions.
I went there for a feed and caught up with Spencer Loughry, an apprentice chef who has been with The Duck since it opened in January of 2016 to tell us a little about himself and his business. With menu prices that can be compared with competing gourmet burger joints around Adelaide, he is certainly worth a visit!
Whether you’re after one of their delicious 9 or 12 inch gourmet pizzas, grass-fed beef burgers, filling salads, or a loaded dessert for those with a sweet tooth, The Pickled Duck has something to fit your bill! For those with eating preferences or allergies, vegan and gluten free options are available.
For the pizza connoisseur, their rustic style pizzas range from the traditional ham and pineapple to more inspired, bolder flavours.
A traditional burger lover? Spencer recommends the Tropico chicken or the Americana as notable options; if you’re more adventurous, the Pulled Pork or the Middle Eastern Lamb burgers are groovy alternatives.
The Duck also caters for the little ones with their “Ducklings” menu; with cheeseburgers, little beef burgers and sliders, chicken nuggets and hotdogs all served with chippies will surely keep the kids happy and quiet!
While they do only serve breakfast on weekends and public holidays, they provide a sumptuous sweet or savoury spread. For the hungriest of diners, the Big Duck Breakfast or the Spanish Egg are both something a little different, or for those with a sweet tooth, the Belgian Waffles are bound to excite.
However, if you’re more in the mood for a drink in the sun, take advantage of their extensive wine cellar. Showcasing a superior collection of world renowned and Australian wines, as well as a unique selection of craft beers, ciders, and premium spirits sourced from local Australian microbreweries and distilleries, there is surely something to suit your palate. Check out the blackboard in the restaurant for their wine tasting sessions!
The Duck does not take reservations and does get busy during regular meal times, but with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, just wing it.
If you’re looking for more information on The Duck, or want to check out some more of Spencer’s exploits, check out our interview here: https://youtu.be/Uat1piJS-qA , at 993 North East Road, Modbury; or on www.thepickledduck.com.au.