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Cotton Duck – Surry Hills

Cotton Duck Is Now Closed


Just a short stroll up from Central station, in the restaurant filled streets of Surry Hills, you will find Cotton Duck. Their menu had a variety of choices and the accompanying wine list was extensive with lots of reasonably priced options to match your meal choice. Entree was a surf and turf, pawns with kangaroo and duck skin, not  your conventional surf and turf!  I have tried kangaroo a few times before but never thought that much of it. The roo in this dish was slightly rare, making the meat soft and flavorsome. I might choose roo more often if it tastes like that.

When the Salmon main came out, my first impression was that the portion size was rather small.  This was a shame, as it tasted great and would have been nice to have a something a little more sizable. The steak, on the other hand was a generous size but I think they could have done a bit better on the presentation; the large white plate looked bare with the steak slapped in the middle. The accompaniments that came with the steak were excellent! A big bone filled with tasty marrow, roasted onion and garlic plus some jus.

For something different I got the coffee brewed at the table, more for novelty value than anything else. There would be almost a cup of coffee grounds used to make a single cup of filtered coffee, so it’s a strong brew.

I loved the presentation of the chocolate fondant, it was a very nice looking dish. The flavour combination of chocolate with orange and caramel made for a very tasty desert.

Cotton Duck is well worth try, I had an enjoyable meal. Service was a bit slow but the food was good.


Baba ghannouj with Yam Chip – complimentary

Pickled Tiger Prawns – Tahini mousse, cucumber, tempura, curry oil and black salt $24

Surf, Turf & Air – Seared kangaroo, school prawns, duck skin $20

Pan Roasted King Salmon – Pea puree, peas, potato crumbs, and tartare garnish $36

Cape Grim Grass-fed Scotch fillet  – Roasted bone marrow, onion, ravigote and jus -$38

Golfball carrots, honey & cinnamon $8

Mountain Top Organic Coffee – Brewed at the table  $6

Chocolate Fondant with blood orange & caramel  $15

50 Holt St – Surry Hills


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  • Reply Vivian - vxdollface September 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    ohh so that’s what that cone-cup thingy is for! i’ve seen it sold in maruyu (jap dollar store) and i’ve been wondering what it was!

    the salmon does look a little small but a perfect portion for me ^^

    • Reply Joseph September 27, 2011 at 9:39 am

      The cup thing would be handy to have to make a quick single cup of coffee.

      Yea its small!, Im not a big eater & I still wanted more..

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