Duck & Rice
90 Berwick St, Soho, London W1F 0QB, UK
One of Alan Yau’s newest addition (not that new actually as it has been around for more than a year I think) to his empire, I just thought this would be a nice place to check out during the short stay in London with the uni bud! Chic, stylish and modern, Duck & Rice would be the place I would recommend if you long for something Yauatcha-ish yet not want to be in an overly crowded restaurant. Somehow, I felt the standard of Yauatcha has dipped a little when I revisited it in 2016 as it is always so busy. The Siu mai has shrunk, some of the dim sum became less flavourful; but having said that, the patisserie corner is still as perfect! Located just beside Yauatcha, Duck & Rice offers a similar or perhaps even the same menu and you might ask then what’s the difference? Well, it’s not as cluttered (though certain areas are a little), and that somehow leads to better execution – plump dim sum that appears more luscious.
Yeah, the same old scallop siu mai and venison puff. Perfectly flavoured and that consistency was just spot on!
Prawn toast with a solid filling of springy prawn paste in it.And these flaky, buttery super fragrant egg tarts. Delish!
My personal favourite – The Jasmine smoked ribs whose tender moist meat falls off the bone readily! Intense body of tea fragrance there which makes this a must order whenever I see it.
You know, this wasn’t the best claypot I felt though it was legit enough. Then again, only available for a limited period only during that CNY season and I decided to have it with the bud just for the atmosphere!
What are you doing?! The bud exclaims as I took this at a rubbish collection point! Unflattering angle too indeed…
Verdict: A good restaurant. 3.9/5.