I have been there three times over a ten year period and each experience has been so amazing that they are committed to my memory.
Now, relocated in a much larger venue with a booking system – I really wanted to go again.
So my third visit to Billy Kwongs, like my other two, was for a birthday – my birthday!
I have to admit I was very spoiled and due to everyone’s excitable nature at the table we may have over indulged.
Seated at the front window the theatrical weather that evening, horizontal rain, and the amazing specimen for people watching available in Potts Point added an element of fun. It also made the restaurant feel super cozy!
Safe from the rain, the staff were always willing to make suggestions and even helped us identify some menu items that are Instagram famous.
In the end we ordered:
- steamed mini pork buns;
- Cantonese style fried rice;
- crispy skin duck with organic orange and Davidson’s plum;
- stir fried WA Blue Claw Yabbies with XO sauce, sea blight and sticky pork (INSTAGRAM FAMOUS!); and
- some more steamed mini pork buns
The steamed mini pork buns were obviously very popular with their slightly sweetened pillowy dough and AMAZING soup-like spicy sauce!
The Instagram famous yabby dish (would you like me to say that one more time? it’s featured on Instagram) was a delicious mess. I mean Kylie Kwong’s XO sauce could be served on white toast and it would be addictive. The sea blight and sticky pork added a salty elements to the sweet yabby meat… yum.
The pièce de résistance was, as always, the crispy skin duck with organic orange and Davidson’s plum or as I have affectionately referred to it for years as Kylie’s duck a l’orange… so I learned something new at this third visit to Billy Kwong.
So I don’t know how to appropriately describe this dish without gushing. It’s one of those dishes where although you are trying to be polite but you are secretly sussing out which in your dinning party you would like to elbow viciously out of the way so you can jealously protect the plate with Kung Fu moves you just made up (I should be in advertising).
It has EVERYTHING, crispy duck, sweet, sweet apricots and oranges, ALL the spices, we’re talking star anise, cinnamon, I would go on but then I’d just be making things up. It’s crispy, delicious and addictive and worthy of protection. It is exactly how I remember it, always.
Depending on what you order you can dine at Billy Kwong’s on a reasonable budget spending anywhere from $40 – $100 a head plus drinks it’s all about how decadent you feel.
Personally, Billy Kwongs will always be a favourite because it’s the first “fancy” restaurant I ever went to, because I’m a huge fan of TV Kylie Kwong, because I’m a huge fan of their Saturday morning market stall but mostly because I’m a huge fan of the crazy good quality, locally sourced food that is always on the menu.