For Comfort Food at its finest in Bacolod come to Sitting Duck! Imagine a duck, floating serenely on a lake but underneath the water, the duck’s feet are hard at work paddling. This visual metaphor perfectly describes the restaurant. Simple and elegant but behind it all is a lot of hard work.
The interior of Sitting duck is clean and minimalistic. Big windows and glass doors let in a lot of natural light especially in the daytime. The colors that predominate in Sitting Duck are white, brown and blue – the colors of the sea, earth and sky. This gives the place a pleasant, semi-Mediterranean look.
Our late lunch at Sitting duck was filled with surprises as we enjoyed the creative and delicious food. Sitting duck’s menu is like a culinary adventure. You have the popular staples but at the same time there are new and interesting dishes for those brave enough to try them.
We started with Walis tingting fries – an interesting appetizer that evokes the imagery of a coconut-rib broom. The appetizer consists of prepared asian noodles brushed with pesto. Our group had mixed opinions on this dish with some liking it because it’s something new and different and some disliking the taste. Either way, one Walis tingting fries will last you a long time. There’s something addictive about thoughtfully nibbling on a noodle while having an ice cold drink and pleasant conversation.
We were surprised to find Chicken Confit here in Bacolod! Confit is a form of French cooking traditionally done to preserve meats by salting it and cooking it slowly in fat. As it cooks slowly the fat softens the meat, creating a soft, rich tasting dish .
Sitting Duck’s Chicken Confit is a variation of the traditional Duck confit. The meat is a little bit salty due to the preparation process but Sitting Duck uses olive oil, a much healthier alternative. The Confit tastes absolutely great. The closest thing we have to this is certain types of adobo that is cooked in a lot of oil.
Sitting Duck’s China belly is basically a deconstructed siopao. You have the meat cooked in a sweet – spicy sauce and then the siopao bun is placed on top in a sort of twist. Very nice as the bun doesn’t get soggy and it can be eaten as a nice accompaniment to the dish.
A friend got Sitting Duck’s Hot Diggidy Dog after he saw that it was made with Johnsonville smoked brats! These are smoked hot dogs that come all the way from the USA. The smoked flavor is what my friend had been craving for.
Sitting Duck is located at Paseo Verde Building, Lacson Street, Barangay Mandalagan, Bacolod City. Opening hours 11am – 12 midnight.