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The Flying Duck Hotel

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Published November 28th 2022
Now in the hands of Rustica Owner Brenton Lang
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You could consider the Flying Duck Hotel is yet another of my locals, just a 20 min walk away. Situated at 67 Bendigo Street, Prahran and open daily from noon to late, you'd be forgiven for not coming across it, if you didn't know where to look. Nestled midway in the residential area of Bendigo street, one end of the street touching base with High St, Prahran to which it's closer, and the other end, Malvern Road, Prahran, it sits where Bendigo street is broken up by a concrete curb, plants and trees with a little walkway on the side for pedestrians (cars unable to drive through).

Parking is sparse on the High Street end, which is the way I walked through, most of it allocated to residents, with perhaps 4 x 2 hour parking spots available. Just not enough for all those who are flocking to the newly refurbished, reopened (Fri 25 Nov, 2022) longstanding pub now in the hands of Rustica and Hobsons Bay Hotel owner Breton Lang. Operating since the 1940s-ish, this neighbourhood institution has not lost its Victorian flavours in the renovation, with timber fittings and exposed bricks, brass accents and olive green colours giving the building's era a nod.

The removal of several walls really opens it up and it feels far more spacious. The addition of a double sided bar now serves both sides of the room - one side the sit down more polished restaurant area, and the other a more casual public bar area.The renowned beer garden has been largely left untouched, except for the addition of a lounge seating area. The hotel seems to attract families as witnessed on the day, who are able to bring their children and pooches with them, to the more casual beer garden, in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of outdoor seating.

The food is helmed by executive chef and ex-Supernormal head chef Ben Pigott, and head chef Michael Conlon. The full menu is available throughout the whole pub. You can book the dining room for a sit down experience or have a casual meal under the marquee or in the beer garden. They're taking bookings for the dining room via the website, with all other areas available for walk-ins every day. For function enquiries you can shoot them an email -

A pub is just not a pub without its weekly specials, and Flying Duck is no different. You can have premium grass fed beef with chips and salad for $25 on Monday steak night. Tuesday is parma and pups night for $20. You can bring your pups along every Tuesday for chicken parma with chips and salad. Wednesdays is Duck Daycare, where kids eat free all day. *Conditions apply. Thursday is T.G.I.T. where you can order half price oysters and Prosecco. Weekdays from 4-6pm is happy hour with $7 schooners and $8 house wine.

On the menu you have Starters and Shared from $6 to $19 with an average of $12-$14 for Woodfired Wholemeal Flatbread with black garlic toum and smoked salmon caviar; Fried Chicken Tenders with a spicy green tomato ketchup; and Prawn Po-Boy Sider with smokey aioli amongst other offerings like freshly shucked rock oysters, marinated olives, shoestring fries and so on. The upper end of the scale for starters at $19 is the Pork and Pistachio Terrine with a green olive dressing and grilled sourdough and the Raw Kingfish with avocado, cucumber and a green chilli dressing.

The Counter Meals has the usual pub fare, but from what I tasted, elevated. There's your cheese and veggie burger, dukkah roasted cauliflower steak, lightly battered fish and chips, chicken parma and filo wrapped ricotta for between $22 and $29. You can add Veggies & Sides to it if you want that crispy cocktail potatoes, roasted broccoli or organic mixed leaves and soft herbs. For dessert you have the chocolate fondant tart, burnt custard and baked brie.

The more expensive numbers come in under Wood Grill and Mains for $38 plus. You have your 300g grass fed sirloin or a whopping 500g rib eye served with salad and your choice of sauce. There's also the slow cooked whole lamb shoulder to share between 2-3 people with flatbread, chimichurri and spiced yoghurt; wood fired barramundi and of course, its namesake, a charcoal grilled duck breast, which is what I had. I could not possibly go to the Flying Duck and not have their duck!

The charcoal grilled duck breast came on a bed of braised red cabbage, a crispy potato hash and plum jus. It was so tender, but personally, I think I'd have preferred some cooked vegetables and mash with it as opposed to the red cabbage which was a bit too tart for me, after comforting mouthfuls of tender duck. The chicken parma with a rich tomato napoli and scamorza and basil was a much healthier parma with just a light batter, the chicken moist and tender, topped with a big piece of bacon. The same goes for the fish and chips, just lightly battered and cooked to perfection. My only criticism here is that the salad that came with the parma and the fish and chips could easily have been the same salad, and it was nothing to crow about. It was pretty average and not a worthy accompaniment for the perfect mains it was paired with. The addition to the rest of the meal was the cauliflower which was again beautifully cooked and only very lightly battered and a few slices of Rustica spelt sourdough with cultured butter.

I'm definitely spoilt for choice living where I do in the heart of Chapel street, but that also means I eat out a lot with so many eateries flooding the area. I'll definitely be back at the Flying Duck to try out the rest of the menu, if the mains I had was anything to go by. Beautifully cooked.

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Why? Flying Duck Hotel - reopened
When: Mon - Closed; Tue-Thu 12pm to 11pm; Fri-Sat 12pm to 12am; Sun 12pm to 9pm;
Where: 67 Bendigo St, Prahran, VIC
Your Comment
Love the look of this corner building with dual street frontages
by Mindo Koerber (score: 2|646) 70 days ago
So glad to hear it's back up and running. I was sad to hear that my local (when living in Prahran during my 20s and 30s had closed.
by wendy (score: 1|14) 68 days ago
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