Spicy Duck
Taj Palace, New Delhi

By Vir Sanghvi

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Spicy Duck: Restaurant Info

₹ 4000 for two
This price is indicative and exclusive of taxes
Today, 07:30 PM to 10:00 PM
Taj Palace Hotel, No.2, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi
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  • Order the duck. They will hurry to put it into pancakes. Stop them and make your own pancakes. Or have the duck on its own, it is good
  • Order the pork belly. Of all the many dishes I have had at Spicy Duck, it is easily the best
  • Do not be misled by the name. This is not really a duck restaurant. You will get everything, and most of it is not terribly spicy. So it is not really Spicy Duck when it comes to the food

Vir's Verdict

3.7 /5

Hardly anybody remembers this, but the Taj Palace was the hotel that popularised dim sums in Delhi in the 1980s at the Tea House of the August Moon. Also on the menu was Peking Duck with all the trimmings. Except that you could not find good duck in Delhi in the 1980s, so the dish was made with chicken instead. The Tea House is long gone and its successor, Blue Ginger suffered from having an ugly room and a cuisine (Vietnamese) that Delhi did not like. Now Blue Ginger is also gone but the room remains roughly the same (new upholstery, though) and the restaurant at the old Tea House location is called Spicy Duck. This time around, they can do real Peking Duck, and it is carved and served at your table with panache. The dim sums are back too, and the menu is all Chinese, though it steers clear of the Sichuan style that made the Taj’s Chinese food famous. This is the food of the overseas Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore, and the flavours are different from those on the mainland; some may be sweeter.

About Spicy Duck, Taj Palace, New Delhi

Seeing today you might assume that Chinese food has always been this sought after by the gastronomes but it wasn’t so. The cuisine gained momentum in New Delhi in the 1980s when fancy five star hotels started introducing the diners to the different aspects of Chinese cuisine. With the arrival of legendary Chinese restaurants like The Tea House and Blue Ginger, Chinese food became more familiar to Indian diners. So when ‘Spicy Duck’ came along we knew we had a hit on our hands. Spicy Duck is the luxurious fine dining restaurant of Taj Palace Hotel in Diplomatic Enclave, New Delhi. Tea House and Blue Ginger are long gone but with Spicy Duck we are not left bereft of their gastronomic presence. Spicy Duck is at the same location where Blue Ginger once was.
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