Chilli Duck

Tara spills…

This post is long overdue, as I’m almost certain that it was mid-June when I visited this Back Bay Thai restaurant with Cathy, Tony, and Jenn. I can’t recall the weather that day, or if we passed any interesting people on our way there, but I do remember the colorful duck paintings hanging on the walls. And, luckily for the blog, I remember the food.


I ordered Drunken Noodles with beef, a common dish at Asian restaurants with stir-fried flat rice noodles with vegetables and egg. Though the beef was tender, and the noodles were chewy, the dish tasted like Americanized Asian food. The dish was too salty—the vegetables and noodles tasted as if they were soaked in soy sauce for a few too many seconds—and few flavors stood out.


Tony ordered the Khao Nar Ped, which was roasted duck over rice. “I was expecting regular broccoli, so it was a pleasant surprise that they used Chinese broccoli. As for the duck, it was a bit bland and dryer than I had hoped.”


Jenn ordered a classic: green curry. “I was happy about it!” She exclaimed. “The curry had a distinct taste, and its hint of spiciness was well-balanced with the smooth creaminess of the coconut milk mixed in. The assortment of veggies that came with the dish was great, but I wish they gave me a little more meat, since they do give you the option of choosing a meat. All in all, my tummy and I had a great dinner.”

Overall, Chilli Duck seems like an average Thai restaurant that certainly won’t wow, but won’t amaze any taste buds either. 6.5/10