We stopped in the Shaved Duck last night for a bite to eat….the place was packed! I was so happy to see that. We opted to eat at the bar to save us the wait for a table. The front bar area is great…looking forward to it on a blustry winter night….just the kind of place you want to have a nip.
Technical difficulties aside (which ALL restaurants have on their very first night) the food was excellent! I had the duck liver and some cheese (of course….it came from my husband). Si had the hot and sour duck soup…almost a consommé…delicious. Our guest had a scallop wrapped bacon (that’s right…scallop AROUND bacon) and we dug the duck frites (uber shoestring curls of potatoes fried in duck fat) Jesus H Christ those were good. I will say this though: I wish the fries were bigger…more of a traditional frites…but amazing none the less. My biggest pet peeve (and you will be reassured that I will write/call and tell them this) : They spelled Anheuser wrong on the menu. Now, I know that tons of you won’t care b/c you think Anheuser Busch is the devil…but this is St. Louis and I do believe we need to show a little respect to the King of Beers as they have done a great deal for our city and especially my family….AB has been putting dinner on the table one way or another for my family for over 100 years…sooooo….get the name right. It’s ANHEUSER not Anheiser. My grandfather would thank you.
They are finding their pace and working their way through a new service very well. All employees were courteous and helpful. The food is delicious with small places of charcuterie, cheese, lots of duck..even a great confit, larger plates of market fish, game and chicken and house cured meats….desserts are by Serendipity….which are good…but they should go for Veruca….and knock everyone’s socks off. The beer list is well, amazing (thanks to MIke at STLHops.com) and varied. I stuck with the Schlafly Summer Kolsch…my fav this time of year…and soooo easy to drink.
And, for those of you who were there with me last night….we have decided to make a new tradition for the Shaved Duck….upon leaving for the night….you get a nice big slap on the keister….don’t ask…just know it could be coming. 😉