This isn’t so much a restaurant review, rather a post dedicated to my experience at a new find of mine in Soho. Walking past this with my friend Anna, we had heard of it before, but weren’t sure the location of this recently opened, “Chinese Gastropub”, a combination of Asian and English traditions. In the heart of Soho, Alan Yau (founder of Wagamama and Hakkasan) opened Duck and Rice.
The glass and metal exterior and the sound of music and voices chatting catches your attention, even before entering the restaurant in this not so lively end of Berwick Street. The doorman Wayne is welcoming, leading you either behind the shiny copper-coloured beer valts to the ground floor bar, or up the spiral staircase to the upstairs dining room.
The fabulous décor is made of light blue and white ceramic wall panels, which contrast perfectly with the down lit, dark and sexy vibe of the atmosphere and furniture. This place definitely makes eating Chinese food glamorous.
Our table wasn’t ready yet, so we headed to the bar for a classic Gin & Tonic. With three to choose from, and an endless cocktail and beer list (they even serve beer cocktails if that is something appealing to you…) we were spoiled for choice. The location was once a pub, therefore the list of ales, stouts and beers seems rather fitting.
We were definitely ready for the food once we walked past other tables with ‘beer snacks’ which you can eat downstairs and the tables upstairs full of duck, ribs and noodles got our mouths watering.
This is what we ordered:
Jasmin smoked pork rib. The scent is simply divine. (We went straight for this one so didn’t manage to take a photo, will do next time)
Classic Chinese food such as Cantonese roast duck looked amazing, but needs a few more mouths to eat it all and modern oriental dishes such as wasabi prawns were on the menu.
Duck and Rice is a sophisticated version of the ChinaTown restaurants located on Gerrard Street, just moments away. A little pricier than other Chinese restaurants in the area, sure, however you pay for the beautiful décor, helpful and friendly staff and the amazing food.
I will definitely be going back and perhaps make it a local spot for G&T and Chinese bites after work…The Sesame Prawn toast and the Duck is definitely going to be my choice next time! Let me know if you go and tell me what you think!