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hungry-duck-info1My young daughter and I recently went on a short trip from our home state of Tasmania to New South Wales. The main purpose of our trip was to visit our family.

Another burning reason to travel was to eat at my little brother (Matt Upson) and his friend’s (Clayton Till) new restaurant Tallwood in Mollymook. They have been getting AMAZING reviews on TripAdvisor, and I thought that it was not right that I was the only member of the family who hadn’t eaten there yet!

It is no secret that I like my food and LOVE to eat out. On our way to Mollymook, we broke our journey at the gorgeous little township of Berry for dinner. My brother had booked us all into Hungry Duck. The chef Dave Campbell has an impressive resume that includes Wokpool, Tetsuya’s and Billy Kwong. So I’m sure you can understand that I was just a little bit excited about eating here!

My daughter and I had been travelling for 10 hours by the time we got to the restaurant. We had 2 small children in tow, so unfortunately we were not in for a long relaxing dinner.

The restaurant presented really well. It is in a quaint old building on the main road. It had a mix of lovely wooden chairs and padded bench seats. The tables were covered with crisp white tablecloths. It had a relaxed yet sophisticated feel to it.

The restaurant recommended that we share dishes, which suited us. The stand out dishes from what we ordered were the homemade pork buns which had pulled pork and a lovely blend of Asian herbs and spices, the duck 3 ways, and caramelised Angus brisket with cassia bark & pickled blood plums (we had 2 serves!). Dishes are quite small, however as it is served Tapas style, it is easy to order more if needed. The children were the only ones who had dessert – vanilla bean ice cream of course!

The wait staff were professional but relaxed and were able to guide us with our menu choices where needed.

After dinner we discovered a gorgeous kitchen garden that we enjoyed wandering around while trying to name all the plants. There was a water fountain and the plants had back lighting which created a great atmosphere.

I would highly recommend you make a stop at this little restaurant on your travels, and don’t forget to check out the garden!