This is the moment a “duck guru” takes one look at his food order and leaves the restaurant in a huff because he believes the duck is not an Irish duck as listed in the menu.
Irish ducks fetch vast prices in restaurants in the island-state of Singapore, as well as in other parts of Asia, where local chefs have christened them “the mother of all ducks”.
They are almost exclusively imported from the Silver Hill Duck Farm, in Ireland, which on its home page confirms that they attract premium prices and only sell to the very best Chinese and Asian restaurants around the world.
But the restaurant in Singapore took to social media to condemn a customer who, without even tasting it, claimed he could see that it was not an Irish duck and promptly walked out.
The incident took place at Duckland at PLQ Mall, in Singapore, at around 2pm on 23rd March.
The Singaporean restaurant group TungLok shared the video on social media with the message: “The man who could identify an Irish duck with his bare eyes!
“Today, we encountered a duck guru and we just had to share this with you.
“This afternoon, 23 March, at around 2pm, we welcomed a walk-in guest at Duckland at PLQ Mall. He arrived alone, was promptly attended to and ushered to his seat. He proceeded to place an order for one Roast Irish Duck (half).”
In the footage, the diner is seen taking a look at his meal before summoning a waiter, who, in turn, calls the manager.
Displeased with the order and manager’s explanation, the man gets to his feet and promptly leaves the restaurant.
TungLok Group said: “He insisted that the duck served was not an Irish duck.
“Not satisfied with our service staff’s assurance that the duck he was served was an Irish duck, he summoned the manager, and insisted the same.
“A few minutes later, he took his belongings, stood up and walked out of the restaurant, without paying for his order.”
The company said: “We are irked that half a duck has gone to waste, and consider this an outright sabotage.
“We will be making a police report and he can expect a visit from the authorities for leaving the restaurant without paying for his food order.”
TungLok Group added: “For the record, Duckland prides itself as a speciality restaurant serving ducks shipped direct from Ireland. All our roast ducks are prepared using Irish ducks from Ireland’s Silver Hill Farm.”
On its webpage, the duck farm, which was founded in 1962, said that the incredible demand meant that they had increased weekly production from 36,000 per week to 82,500 over the last five years.
They noticed, in particular, the incredible growth amongst Asian customers due to the “superior roasting qualities of the Silver Hill duck”.
The webpage added: “Our distinctive hybrid duck is the secret to our success and is a breed that is exclusive to Silver Hill Duck. It has been continually developed over the years, to produce a duck that is full of flavour, succulent, tender and consistent in its quality.”