I've never been a fan of large restaurant chains, but since more and more restaurants in Jakarta open a new branch as soon as they have a little success, it is hard just ignoring them.

The Duck King, and its premium version "The Grand Duck King", is a medium to upscale restaurant that you will find the more often in malls in Jakarta but also in other Indonesian cities (the one I tried was in Bandung). It is always quite full because the prices are competitive and the service is professional. You can feel all employees have been trained and that their smiles are not as spontaneous as they look. The clients are quite diverse: Expats, Indonesians and also many Chinese. If you visit on Friday/Saturday night, or any other busy day, you may want to book a table in advance because it is always full.

The menu is huge (maybe 100 dishes) and colorful, but I decided to go for the duck. I took half a duck + a mushroom soup + two bottles of mineral water, and paid Rp 215,000 for everything. It wasn't the best duck I ever had (which was in Surabaya), but I must say I was quite happy with the whole meal and also with the dining experience there. It is the kind of place you want to go for lunch with colleagues or in a business setting, but not really for anything more intimate I think, especially not a date.
Practical Information:

Contact details:
Website: Duck King Restaurant Indonesia

Grand Duck King
Mall Grand Indonesia
East Mall Lt 3A
Garden District Unit 1-17
Phone: +62-21 235 808 35
Fax: +62-21 235 808 46

Duck King Senayan
Senayan City
Lt 4 Unit 4-12, 4-18
Phone: +62-21 727 812 23/25
Fax: +62-21 727 212 27

Duck King PIM2
Mall Pondok Indah 2
Lt 3 Floor Unit 340-342
Phone +62-21 759 206 10/12
Fax: +62-21 759 206 13

Duck King Kelapa Gading
Mall Kelapa Gading
Lt 1 Unit 46
Phone: +62-21 458 764 26/27
Fax: +62-21 458 764 33

Duck King Teraskota
Teraskota Entertainment Center
Sektor 4, CBD lot VII B
Lt 2 Floor Unit 1
Phone: +62-21 300 258 97/98
Fax: +62-21 300 258 96

Update July 2014:
They now have a branch in Bali in the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak Area:

It is located in TS Suites Hotel on Jalan Nakula, not far from Sunset Road.
Phone number: +62-361 846 9060
Facebook: Duck King Bali

More recommendations for Chinese food: The Best Chinese Restaurants in Jakarta.

1 comment to '' The Duck King (Chinese Restaurant) "

  1. Excellent duck and not so expensive if you compare with another restaurant offering a similar quality dining experience. I didn't know about the Grand Duck King outlets, I'll check them as soon as I can!