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Freda Appelbaum

Freda Appelbaum

“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness”
(Auguste Escoffier)

A sentiment fully endorsed by his lifelong disciple, the innovative Old Ducky, Freda Appelbaum (Honour awarded 2004). Freda has won the admiration of European Royalty, International Statesmen, Hollywood actors etc. She has come out of retirement to oversee our kitchen which is staffed by her beloved senior award winning chefs. Despite the accolades and awards Freda has never sat on her laurels. Rather her laurels are simply put into the cooking pot with other herbs!
Marina Appelbaum was born into restaurants and has very happily chosen to ‘live in’ and own them. She is renowned for her long standing experience, natural talent and gracious hospitality. Her early experience as the assistant to the manager of the renowned 5 star Ritz Hotel in Mayfair, London, has proven invaluable. She learnt very early on that excellence matters.
Clearly the young ducky will oversee the restaurant while the old ducky will dominate from the kitchen wings, thereby ensuring that guests are made to feel welcome, and able to nestle happily in the environs of The Old Ducky French Café.

Marina Appelbaum

Marina Appelbaum

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Old Ducky’s Delicious Menu Offerings

  • It's more than food; Old Ducky provides an experience not to be missed!

    Cassandra Pritchard
  • Old Ducky is now open at Pineslopes in Fourways. Marina does it again ! Bravo to you and your family team - and well done on a stunning new restaurant serving delicious French food. Prawn shooters and the Duck are my next obsession !!!

    Costa Carastavrakis
  • DELICIOUS FOOD!!! AMAZING VIBE!! Absolutely wonderful dinner ! Thank you !

    Mohini Rayment
  • Absolutely delicious food - best croissants and duck, veggie friendly - beautiful space and decor, and amazing staff! Definitely recommend!

    Denira Coleman
  • Had an incredible meal - from the most delicious mushroom starter, to the duck with orange (there's nothing better in the world than this) and ending off with the delicious parfait - all paired with amazing wines and topped off with great company and a great mix of old and new French/jass/ chilled music! Thank you Marina Appelbaum for making the world a better - and tastier place.

    Frederico Lamborghini
  • What a beautiful charming authentic experience last night at Old Ducky Cafe. The energy and ambience captures you immediately as you arrive.. From the mesmerizing French music. to the incredible design and decor transporting you to a quaint French street, framed by the gorgeous colours of the sunset view pouring in. And then you are welcomed by the charmingly dressed wairtons with warm smiles and impeccable service. The cocktails and the food experience that followed was world class, delicious, outstanding perfection. So elegsnt and yet so very.warm.What an incredible experience Marina!! . WOW. Completely impressive and Trez Magnifique. An outstanding vision executed to perfection. Will be back.. Will tell everyone about Old Ducky.Cafe. Thank you.It is a wondeful experience xxxxx

    Anita Joachim Pritchard
  • Today we tried the newly opened Old Ducky French Café in Pineslopes and let me tell you it doesn’t feel like a newly opened restaurant at all. The service was truly top notch, a refined, elegant and subtle combination of the old and new ways of fine dining. The food, as elegant and refined as the service, each bite a wonderful explosion of the French cuisine flavours that don’t get tiring, and are refreshed with just the right wine. I had the fillet on the bone which they mastered keeping juicy while at the same time well-done just as I asked. I only took a pic of the starters because once I started eating I even forgot I had a phone!!

    Candice Machado
  • Johannesburg you are in for a treat! The combination of Freda's delicious food, Marina Appelbaum's generosity, style and attention to detail and the delightfully enthusiastic staff make for an outstanding experience. The wine list is great too (Robert Appelbaum's influence is clearly in evidence here). The menu carries many of Freda's classic dishes with some fun additions. The vegetarian dishes are particularly noteworthy.

    Adrienne Feldner-Busztin
  • A breath of fresh (French) air in the “big smog” which we call Johannesburg/ home. A funky 3D menu. Brilliant food and a spectacular wine list. Thank you for a fresh new dining experience.

    Claire Peo
  • What an an incredible experience we had at Old Ducky. The food was mouth watering, the wine list is impressive and the staff are friendly and professional. The atmosphere is great and the decor of the restaurant is beautiful. If you are looking for a wonderful dining experience then definitely check out this gem!

    Ashton Hayley Robertson
  • Had the privilege of having lunch at old ducky French Cafe today and what an experience it was the food and hospitality was outstanding

    Marietjie Marsland
  • Who wouldn’t always want a special treat? I know I do. So, visiting a delightful new French restaurant in Pineslopes near Montecasino turned out to be so much more than I anticipated (and I was expecting excellence!). Delicious food, attentive, friendly staff, lovely decor - it has it all! The mushroom starter! Ooh la la! The pulled mutton - simply mouthwatering!! A definite return again and again ... for family and friend celebrations and gatherings ... and whenever I just feel like it -

    Karen Denton
  • Wow. The hosts, the staff, the food, the service. I couldn’t fault a thing. Tasted the pate and the chicken livers starter. Had the fillet on the bone, tasted the sirloin and the signature duck - all amazing. And then the milk tart, cheese cake and carrot cake for dessert. It was all stunning. (By the way - there were four of us sharing bits with each other). Loved it all.

    Samantha Durkin
  • Everything from the interesting menu, skillfully prepared and plated food, friendly and keen service, French cafe-style decor, choice of indoor or outdoor seating (that doesn't have you overlooking a parking lot) makes Old Ducky the best startup restaurant I've been to in years. The warm greetings from Marina Appelbaum and Robert Appelbaum round out the experience to make it a special place to relax with friends.

    Linsey Dyer

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