What The Duck (WTD) restaurant delivers what its quirky name promises — plenty of duck-based dishes which are healthy, affordable and delectable.
Those wanting to try duck dishes can flock to WTD outlets in Nagore Road (George Town) and SPICE Canopy (Bayan Lepas) in Penang.
However, other options such as fish, red meat, pasta and vegetarian items are also aplenty.
The extensive selection by owner-cum-chef Daniel Tan covers both Western and Asian-style dishes with a twist.
“High in protein and minerals, duck meat is overall quite healthy.
“The challenge lies in the preparation to drain out the fat for a guilt-free indulgence.
“We use a lot of duck confit where the fowl is slowly oil poached for three hours to falling-off-the bone perfection while retaining the meat softness, nutrients and crackling skin,” he explained.
At WTD SPICE Canopy, signature creations include WTD Duck Confit (with kumara mashed potato and roast garlic), Duck Lover Platter of Trio (duck chowder with bread stick, smoked duck on toast with tomato cilantro salsa and Thai-style duck roll) and Balinese Crispy Duck or bebek (Indonesian famous crispy duck served with white rice and condiments).
The duck confit is given an Asian twist with the use of herbs and spices while the bebek, unlike its Balinese counterpart which can be a tad too dry, is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside.
Not to be missed are also the innovative WTD Duck & Waffle (crispy duck confit with waffle, sunny side up egg, greens and cumin honey), award-winning Oven-baked Tomato Jam Crusted Salmon (with lemon butter sauce and mashed potato) and the new and luscious Devil’s Spicy Jumbo Chicken Chop (with mashed potato, greens and creamy spicy coconut sauce).
Also highly recommended is the Warm Smoked Duck Breast with greens, strawberry and kumara mash.
There are also Quack Chowder, WTD Spicy Dirty Duck Rice, Chicken Parmigiana, WTD Crispy Grilled Seabass, Red Wine Slow-Braised Lamb Shank, A la Vodka Grilled Chicken Pasta and Smoked Duck Pizza.
Specialty desserts and drinks are also something to shout about.
Pique your tastebuds with cinnamon US waffle fries with salted egg ice cream, to name just one option.
Refreshing thirst quenchers include Salted Egg Affogato (single shot espresso with salted egg ice cream), WTD Salted Egg Milkshake, Passion Ducky (sprite and passion fruit) and Naughty Duck (iced chocolate and ice cream).
Go for the premium set dinners (amuse bouche/soup/main/dessert/beverage) and set lunches (11.30am to 3pm daily).
Breakfast is served from 9.30am to 11.15am daily.
The Fathers Day four-course set, priced at RM49.50 nett per person, is now available.
Besides offering short culinary courses, WTD also does catering for events and private dinners.
The Nagore Road outlet is open from noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 10.30pm daily, while the SPICE Canopy branch is open from 9.30am to 10.30pm daily.
For more details and reservations, call 04-227 8840 (Nagore Road) or 04-6386840 (SPICE Canopy).