Once upon a time, fast food meant a trip to the golden arches or the colonel for your disgusting (but great at the time) cheeseburger or fried chicken fix. These days, fast food doesn't necessarily equate to a stop at the drive through and an exchange with a bored teenager. In fact, a short stroll through Sydney's bustling food alley, Kensington St, gives you the choice of some of the world's best cuisines. And the latest addition to the inner-city food mecca - modern Chinese takeout joint Holy Duck! - offers a fusion of east-meets-west eats that will more than satisfy your next sweet and salty craving.
Brought to you by Kensington St's benefactor Dr. Stanley Quek and Chefs Gallery's Kaisern Ching, Holy Duck! takes a casual approach to dining, bringing Chinese roasts, BBQ, rice bowls, burgers and pancakes to time-poor diners on the go. Not surprisingly, the hero of the eatery is the duck, with a What the Duck! burger featuring roast or crispy duck served with cucumber, spring and homemade orange Hoisin sauce a signature on the modern Australian-Chinese menu. Other notables include the roast or BBQ duck/chicken/pork belly rice bowls (hello, Friday lunch), the Ducken Delicious pancakes and shoestring fries seasoned with Holy Duck! salt.
"Our new eatery is for those too cool to cook, too busy to baste and too hipster for haute cuisine," explains co-founder Kaisern Ching. "We've put a contemporary spin on the menu, dishing up duck and other Chinese favourites in a way that's going to appeal to a new generation of diners." And to celebrate the opening, Holy Duck is offering $1 duck sliders for its first few hundred customers - uh oh. We'll see you in the line.
Holy Duck! opens Friday, December 9.
The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington St, Chippendale.