<img src="https://d5nxst8fruw4z.cloudfront.net/atrk.gif?account=2HFSo1IWhd10fn" style="display:none" height="1" width="1" alt="" />

Review: Duck & Rice

Duck & Rice

The good: Duck & Rice is absolutely gorgeous. Downstairs is a pub with giant, shiny copper tanks that scream “we serve beer”. Upstairs is a bright and modern dining room, decorated with beautiful white and blue ceramic wall panels. Every piece of furniture is interesting and fits perfectly in the room; wide leather chairs with dark wooden arms, heavy copper tables with textured surface, and a beautiful wooden bar that runs the length of the room.

The bad: The dumplings. Given this is Alan Yau’s latest restaurant (the original owner of Yauatcha and Hakkasan), we had high expectations. Unfortunately, the siu mai wrapper was dry, like it had been sitting out, and the filling was both lacking in pork flavour and over-salted. The har gow was also overly salty, with a mushy wrapper. And we didn’t get to try the xiao long bao because they ran out. We ordered the venison puffs instead on the waiter’s recommendation; the filling was overly sweet and the pastry was undercooked. Not good.

The ugly: The service. Nevermind that we waited almost 20 mins for the first dish to come out. It was a busy weekend afternoon service. What’s unforgivable is that they messed up our order by giving us the scallop sui mai instead of the pork. Twice. In the same visit. If busy restaurants in Chinatown serving at least twice as many customers (for half the price) can get a couple of dim sum orders right, then Duck & Rice should be able to too.

Food Score (out of 5) = 2.5
Service Score = 2.0
Environment Score = 5.0
Overall Score = 2.9

Time for food to arrive: 17 mins
Time for tea to arrive: 3 mins
Cost for 3 dishes + 1 tea: £19.50

Verdict: Three words: Style over substance.

Duck & Rice

Read more about how we are scoring London's Best Dim Sum

Hotel Deals in London

Booking.com

Latest Articles

Bangkok
Going Gaga for Gaggan

Going Gaga for Gaggan

Like many foodies, we’re fans of the Netflix Chef’s Table series and after seeing the Gaggan episode we knew we ...

Seoul
Finding Good Coffee in Seoul

Finding Good Coffee in Seoul

Being from New Zealand, home of the flat white, we’re serious about our coffee. After having had a few bad ...

Copenhagen
Guide: Copenhagen beyond Noma, the Other New Nordic Restaurants

Guide: Copenhagen beyond Noma, the Other New Nordic Restaurants

Noma is one the most famous restaurants in the world. Known as the pioneer of New Nordic cuisine, it attracts ...

Seoul
72 hours of Seoul Searching Food

72 hours of Seoul Searching Food

Seoul is an often overlooked tourist destination but the world is missing out on one of the most vibrant, friendly, ...

Berlin
Chefx5: Billy Wagner and Micha Schäfer; Nobelhart & Schmutzig

Chefx5: Billy Wagner and Micha Schäfer; Nobelhart & Schmutzig

Photo Credit: Marko Seifert, www.markoseifert.com Micha and Billy run Nobelhart & Schmutzig, an upscale restaurant housed behind an unassuming glass ...