Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Imperial Duck @ The Up Rama 3, Bangkok - อิมพีเรียล ดัค @ เดอะอัพ พระราม 3 กรุงเทพฯ

Cuisine: Chinese / Cantonese
Price: THB450 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 12 June 2014
Food: 5/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 3/10
Services: 6/10
Scale: [ 1=poor ----- 5=average/standard ----- 10=outstanding/exceptional ]

It was during early June 2014 that the UP Rama 3, a new community mall around Rama 3 area, just started to welcome visitor. If you were familiar with this area, the UP is only a few hundred meters from Central Rama 3 and is right on the corner turning into Naradhiwas Rajanakarindra Road. We were passing by the UP and did not hesitate to pop by for a survey. Spotting on this restaurant "Imperial Duck", so why not at all to give a try.

Imperial Duck is a Chinese restaurant that serves Cantonese style dishes. Staffs at Imperial Duck claimed that roasted duck here is unlike other restaurant in Thailand that its style is similar to the famous roasted duck in London (in which I assume it to be Four Seasons at Bayswater). What make me laughed about Imperial Duck was the logo which comprises of 5 ducks. However, when observing in more detail, I recognised that the big duck in the middle looks pretty similar to Jemima Puddle Duck of Beatrix Potter!!!!!!!!

Imperial Duck @ The Up Rama 3, Bangkok

Isn't that Jemima Puddle Duck??????

the open kitchen

The first to be mentioned was Imperial Crispy Belly Pork - หมูกรอบอิมพีเรียล (6/10). This is sure a good one. I do like the crispy skin part a lot. Flavour wise was also enjoyable. Texture was also soft and tender. Only if it was thicker, this should have been a better dish. The sauces that came along were the simple dark soy sauce and mustard. I wish they would have their own home-made sauce. Nevertheless, for the price of THB200 for a small portion of this dish, I would say it was expensive though enjoyable.

Next was the must try, the restaurant's proudly presented dish, Imperial Roasted Duck - เป็ดย่างอิมพีเรียล (7/10). Well, I say they were nice and tasty. The quality thick and tender meat. The fatless and crisp skin. These were really savoury. Not as good as those in Hong Kong but great enough for Bangkok without having to fly all the way abroad. It is, in fact, comparable to the Bangkokian's favourite roasted duck of Four Seasons. Pricing wise is as well not the exception. I had just a portion and it costed me THB380. If you were to order the whole duck, that would be THB1,200. Rather expensive I would say. Lastly, we had Stir-fried String Beans with Minced Pork - ถั่วแขกผัดหมูสับ (4/10). The flavour was well balance. Just the texture of string beans that were too soft. Yes, ones would expect this dish to be soft but also it should maintain the crispiness character.

In summary, without having a chance to try other dishes just yet, this is not a bad restaurant at all from my perspective. However, I would not come all the way just to have dishes at Imperial Duck unless I happen to pass by or live around the area. As aforementioned, food were enjoyable but might not be valuable.

Imperial Crispy Belly Pork - หมูกรอบอิมพีเรียล (THB200)

crispy belly pork with dark soy sauce

Imperial Roasted Duck - เป็ดย่างอิมพีเรียล (THB380)

1 portion - THB380 and 1 whole duck - THB1,200

Stir-fried String Beans with Minced Pork - ถั่วแขกผัดหมูสับ (THB180)

Imperial Duck @ The Up Rama 3, Bangkok - อิมพีเรียล ดัค @ เดอะอัพ พระราม 3 กรุงเทพฯ
Floor G, The Up Rama 3
54/5 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road
Chong Nonsri, Yannawa
Bangkok 10120
Thailand

Open Hours: daily 10:00am - 10:00pm

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