197b Middleborough Rd, Box Hill South VIC 3128 Australia
I cannot lie about this place- it has perhaps the best peking duck ever to be served in this state of Victoria. Coupling that with the utterly jovial nature of the proprietor that you just can’t hate, Simon’s Peking Duck is perhaps one of the finest eating experiences in eastern Victoria.
The place is cold at first but the bright lighting and the generally warm atmosphere soon settle the coldest of diners. That and the arresting personality of Uncle Simon himself and you’ll be feeling straight at home. The layout is rather cramped, but it is a Chinese restaurant after all – what moere could you expect?
First course of the day was their famous peking duck, sliced evenly and in succulent portions and served with ultra thin pancakes, sticks of cucumber and spring onion, all with hoysin sauce. The result? Utterly addictive, succulent and wholesome. A great fusion of flavour and texture that just cannot be beaten in class in any other Chinese restaurant. I highly recommend it to anyone peckish for a bit of duck. Truly, it just cannot be beaten.
As an aftermath it was a duck and mushroom stirfry hokkien noodle, which I found very satisfying after the spectacular duck. It was rich, just as addictive as the duck, but I suppose that comes out of innate love for thick noodles. After that was another duck-based dish – a curious duck bone soup with an odd aftertaste of infused ginger – but I’m not complaining. After all, I needed something cool to finish off an already wonderful meal.
I would like to take this opportunity to advise everyone out there with the wallets and the tastebuds to go out there to Box Hill South and try the duck for yourself – it is truly a contender for the best peking duck not only in the state of Victoria, but perhaps Australia itself.
- First Impressions: 8/10
- Atmosphere: 9/10
- Mains: 10/10
- Last Impressions: 9/10
OVERALL SCORE: 36/40 (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)