The One With Spring Deer Restaurant – Old School Peking Duck

It was the unlikeliest spot for a romantic dinner.

Granted, I wasn’t exactly with a date. But it was certainly an intimate dinner for two, so imagine my surprise when the (previously) better half proposed to have my birthday dinner at Spring Deer Restaurant at Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

I have first been to Spring Deer two years ago and had my first taste of Peking duck. To this day I still can recall the rich taste of thinly sliced duck with deliciously crispy skin, wrapped in steamed pancakes with spring onions, cucumber sticks and sweat bean sauce.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

Since then, I had always wanted to go back to the restaurant. But being the disorganised me, I always decided that I am in the mood for some high-calories, fattened-on-purpose duck on the same day. But that won’t do for this old school restaurant.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

The waiter will firmly tell you – even if you walk in through the door – that there is no table for you if you don’t have a prior reservation. When “prior” means at least two days in advance.

So kudos to my (previously) better half for having more foresight than me. The whole duck was speed-sliced in front of us, skillfully by a chef whose job title must have been “Peking duck engineer”. Never underestimate the power of a man masterfully wielding a sharp knife. It was a spectacle best witnessed at a respectful distance in reverent silence.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

We were given a table by the kitchen, embarrassingly small compared to the other patrons, who were mostly in large groups of friends and families. Determined not to be outdone despite our lack in number, we outshone most with our most amount of food consumed per head basis.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

A portion of xiao long bao came in a traditional basket of ten dumplings. I had my fair share of this in Hong Kong and sufficient to say at Spring Deer, while they are not bad, the dumplings were not something to shout about either.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

We also had the fried sliced fish-fillets – crispy chunks of fish with tangy sweet and sour sauce. The combination was surprisingly pleasant; there was a close resemblance to its more popular cousion sweet and sour pork (as in “gou lou yuk“), which was a feat to achieve the same crispiness when cooked with fish. Thumbs up.

Peking Duck at Spring Deer Restaurant

The romance quotient was further dipped by the “old school charm” of the restaurant. I am no expert when it comes to such ambiance, so I suppose by old school it meant glaring lights, branded cutleries, crude wait staff, and a noise level comparable to your neighbourhood char chan teng.

But if you, like me, prefer to look at the glass as half full, then take heed of these gems of wisdom from my fellow foodie about having a date at Spring Deer:

Considering the size of the duck, we were indeed worried we will be at it for the whole night, but surprise surprise! We polished off everything within the hour, and yet still have the appetite for some dessert. And the better half was hinting that a spot of supper was indeed in order, though overruled by the dieting me.

Verdict? Possibly the most authentic (read: old school) Peking duck experience you can get in Hong Kong, and well worth it to be on your travel bucket list. Remember to book ahead.

Spring Deer 鹿鳴春飯店
1/F, 42 Mody Road
Tsim Sha Tsui
2366 4012 / 2366 5839

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3 Thoughts on “The One With Spring Deer Restaurant – Old School Peking Duck

  1. Blue_balu on 30 June, 2012 at 5:29 am said:

    Love your pictures, they make me hungry! I’ve been there too and enjoyed the duck, it was a nice (but also loud!) meal.

  2.  Thank you! Yes, it was so loud that I had to literally shout, but hey that was part of the fun!

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