Duck And Rice Is Really Rather Nice
Isn’t Soho a total gem when it comes to food? From Fatt Pundit’s mission to bring Tangra to Soho, to Kiln’s counter-culture and queues out of the door, there really is something for everyone to scoff, which is why Duck and Rice was a visit I was very much looking forward to.
This intriguing Chinese restaurant, sitting on Berwick Street, ticks a whole load of boxes when it comes to atmosphere. Having opened in 2015, you know you’re in safe hands when learning that world-renowned restaurateur Alan Yau is behind the magic of the setting; the man who set up Park Chinois and Wagamama. Not only that, but his boast-worthy CV includes the first Michelin-star outside of China, with restaurant extraordinaire Hakkasan.
The space dictates a classic British pub style, partnered with Chinese inflections in the form of Maneki-Neko (those little head-bopping cats) and Honeycomb Lanterns. As soon as you’re out of the cold, the warmth of the restaurant usurps you and, as if by magic, you’re transported into a dimly lit treasure trove of Chinese fodder. The restaurant’s soundtrack is one of chatter, as post-work people sit bums on seats to grab a chopstick and dig in. Downstairs, some of the finest British ales are served alongside brewery-fresh Czech Pilsner and moreish cocktails – the perfect place for a drink with friends to wash down plates of delicious Dim Sum.
We were seated upstairs upon visiting, in a cosy booth-esque table that looked onto a busy walkway for waiting staff. The warmth of the room was emanated in the service, with all who greet you donning smart clothes and smiles. The modern upstairs space makes for the perfect setting for lazy family get-togethers on a Sunday, or Saturday date night.
The menu at Duck and Rice is large and wholesome – think dishes you’d see on tables at family homes across China and other parts of Asia. The rustic charm of the buzzy restaurant seeps into the menu, with traditional must-try’s paving the sheets as a result of Head Chef Ho